Lecture: "Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression: Race, Gender, and Representation in the Age of Digital Information"

Join us for a guest lecture presented by Dr. Safiya Noble, faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Noble is a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute, which provides training for organizations committed to transforming their information management practices toward more just and equitable outcomes. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award.

Visit Dr. Noble’s website: safiyaunoble.com

Listen to her TED Talk: safiyaunoble.com/talks

Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is titled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (forthcoming, NYU Press). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015). Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on African American/Ethnic Studies.

Reception: 4–4:30 p.m.
Lecture: 4:30–5:30 p.m.


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