Before Algorithms: A History of Bias and Oppression in Computing

digital HKS Special Event November 8, 2018 #BeforeAlgorithms Dr. Safiya Noble, Dr. Sarah Roberts, Dr. Marie Hicks, and Dr. Khalil Muhammad join us for a conversation about the underlying systems of power, privilege, and oppression as they relate to present-day conversations about algorithms. There are many conversations about algorithms, and the impact of technology, but there aren’t as many conversations about ‘how we got here’ - or reflect on the fact that ‘we have been here before.’ Conversation with panelists: Dr. Safiya U. Noble University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication Author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism Dr. Sarah T. Roberts UCLA, Department of Information Studies Author of the forthcoming, Behind the ScreenContent Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media Dr. Marie Hicks Fellow, National Humanities Center Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology Author of Programmed Inequality Moderated by: Khalil Muhammad Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, HKS Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe

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