Coded Bias Film Screening

7th May 6.30pm
When researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces, she embarks on a journey to change the law

This event is organised by Black History Walks in conjunction with the Sarah Parker Remond Centre at U.C.L

While conducting research on facial recognition technologies at the M.I.T. Media Lab, Joy Buolamwini, made the startling discovery that some algorithms could not detect dark-skinned faces or classify women with accuracy. This led to the harrowing realization that the very machine-learning algorithms intended to avoid prejudice are only as unbiased as the humans and historical data programming them. (watch trailer below)

Coded Bias follows Joy, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within algorithms in employment, banking, insurance, dating, policing and social media.

Coded Bias documents the dramatic journey that follows, as Buolamwini goes public with her findings and creates a movement for accountability, including testifying before the US Congress to push for the first-ever legislation governing facial recognition in the United States and starting the Algorithmic Justice League.

Focusing on the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race and gender?

The film also includes Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, who is monitoring the trial use of facial recognition technology by U.K. police; Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality; Ravi Naik, human rights lawyer and media commentator; Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, author and expert on algorithmic discrimination and technology bias; and Zeynep Tufekci, author of Twitter and Teargas.

“Because of the power of these tools, left unregulated there is no recourse for abuse … we need laws.” Joy Buolamwini, Coded Bias

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2020

This is an online screening at 6.30pm UK/GMT time. The link to view the film will be sent 30 minutes before the start please check your JUNK MAIL . The film will be available to those who have registered and have the correct password for 7 days from the 7th May 6.30pm UK/GMT .

Look out for our new book Black History Walks in London Volume 1 from Jacaranda Books

Other coming events from Black History Walks

  • Black History River Cruise
  • Anti Racism as Politics with Professor Paul Gilroy
  • Fibroids and reproductive health: new research from the Caribbean
  • Jim Kelly, Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights
  • 1968 Race Relations Act and the legacy of Black Lawyers
  • Prince the Black History Breakdown
  • Is Britain responsible for America’s Race Relations ?
  • Coded Bias: Racism disguised in computer programming
  • The Gentrification of Peckham and Black Urban removal worldwide
  • The British Black Panther Movement
  • 19th Century Superheroine Sarah Parker Remond
  • Caribbean health and the sinister secrets of sugar
  • Books, violence and resistance (lecture series 1-4).

About the Sarah Parker Remond Centre at U.C.L

The University College London Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation explores the impact of racism – scientific, metaphysical and cultural. Part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, they work closely with many partners on-site to provide a focal point for scholarship, teaching and public engagement activities that are addressed to various problems of racial inequality and hierarchy.

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