Coded Bias: A WTTW Screening & Community Conversation

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Coded Bias: A WTTW Screening & Community Conversation

Coded Bias: A WTTW Screening & Community Conversation


Thu, March 18, 2021
4:00 pm


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WTTW believes in the power of film to engage communities in dialogue around the most important social and cultural issues of our time. Our Community Screenings brings audiences together to experience the best of PBS documentaries, to spotlight societal and culturally relevant topics that can promote healthy discussions long after the film airs. 

Join WTTW for Coded Bias, an Indie Lens Pop-Up film. When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces or the faces of women than others, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in the technology that shapes our lives.

After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, who can be seen on WTTW and around the country, as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials will moderate the online conversation with community and thought leaders. Sylvia will be joined by Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. (Princeton University Professor, African American Studies and Director, Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab), Leah Castleberry (Founder & Chief Strategist, LYC Strategies, LLC) and Marcelo De Santis (Executive Advisor at ThoughtWorks). The panel will discuss the underlying biases in AI technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy as well as practical steps that can be taken to address these biases.

This event is free, but RSVP below is required.

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