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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference concludes NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features 60+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society New York Chapter).

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Saturday, March 7 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Redefining Identities in Data Science

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The way data about people gets analyzed is socially outdated. Despite the political, cultural, and academic progress around the gender diversity discourse, the data related to identities such as non-binary, transgender, and intersex is often not included nor processed. The same goes with racial identity; the five common categories (African-American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, White, First Nations) exclude a significant number of ethnicities and racial backgrounds, which is problematic when it comes to policy-making and distribution of resources based on data.

In this panel we will elaborate on implementing infrastructural modifications in data engineering and data analysis processes in order to maximize inclusivity, prevent marginalized individuals from falling through the cracks, and put an end to “data invisibility”.

We will also tackle these cutting-edge questions: what is data performativity? how governments could use data to target and opress certain identities? how can one turn personal data into a platform for social disobedience and non-violent means to protect unprivileged communities? how can you make theatre or performance art with data? how could data science be leveraged to analyze court documents and reveal systematic biases?

Join us for an exciting and unique panel on the intersection of Data Science and Performance Studies.
During our session participants are encouraged to develop new identification categories, ask questions, suggest strategies, and share experiences.

data performativity, identity, gender, ethnicity, race, data as bipower, anthropology of data, neurodiversity, physical diversity, disability, religion, immigration, data invisibility, data inclusivity, queer theory, social critical analysis

avatar for Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

Niyoosha Ahmadikhoo

New York University
Niyoosha is an engineer currently working in the construction industry in New York; she is a theater artist, a math teacher, and a data science enthusiast. Her academic background includes a bachelor of science in Physics from Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology in Tehran... Read More →

Anel Rakhimzhanova

New York University
avatar for Adham Hafez

Adham Hafez

New York University
Adham Hafez is a choreographer, composer, theorist and curator. His work gathers specialists from the fields of urban planning, data science, performance, architecture, visual arts and environmentalism to name a few. He established HaRaKa Platform 15 years ago, which is an international... Read More →
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Amir Imani

Columbia University
I am a data scientist who likes to explore creative boundaries of artificial intelligence in the fields like journalism and media that have not utilized AI as much as they should. I am also a big advocate of open source, write on Stack Overflow and always make my codes available on... Read More →

Saturday March 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
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