Biased Data: A Panel Discussion on Intersectionality and Internet Ethics

Safiya Noble, Marika Cifor, Xiao Mina; Johanna Hedva and Casey Reas moderators

November 19, 2015, 6:00 pm   » 

"Biased Data" will focus on inequality and bias in internet culture and other network technologies. While many academic disciplines acknowledge social inequality in the real world, little work has been done on how these cultural paradigms bleed into online life. The panel will examine how real-world biases and inequality are replicated and systematically integrated into ”neutral” algorithms and databases.

Broad Art Center, Room 1250 (EDA)
Thursday, November 19, 6:00pm - 7:50pm


Safiya Noble is a professor in Information Studies at UCLA. She conducts research in socio-cultural informatics; including feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest.

Marika Cifor is a PhD candidate in Information Studies at UCLA. Her research interests include archives, gender and sexuality, affect, cultural, queer and feminist theories, and memory.

An Xiao Mina is an artist, writer, and technologist based in California. She writes about art and social change in the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on new media and global art practices.

Johanna Hedva is the author of a novel, The Crow and the Queen, published in limited-edition handmade hardcovers in 2013, and the writer/director of The Greek Cycle (2012-15), a collection of four Ancient Greek plays that've been queered, feminist-ed, and performed in non-traditional venues in Los Angeles (like a Honda Odyssey for Homer's Odyssey). She is currently completing her book-length political proposition Sick Woman Theory, under the mentorship of Fred Moten, as a research fellow with at land's edge.

Casey Reas lives and works in Los Angeles where he is a Professor at UCLA's Department of Design Media Arts. His software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Casey co-founded Processing with Ben Fry in 2001 while studying with John Maeda in MIT's Media Lab.

The discussion will be followed by a reception.

More info

EDA  (Map)
Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive, Room 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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