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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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
NYC's Lost Opportunity to Stop Racist Algorithms

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Algorithms are increasingly allowed by NY city and state government to make automated decisions about people that dramatically impact their lives. Governing everything from access to benefits, exposure to surveillance, and in some cases even release from jail, algorithms have been proven time and again to be biased reflections of their creators, and of our own flawed human past. NYC was poised to become a national leader in assessing and preventing algorithmic harm, but the group responsible for accomplishing this task was unable to properly and completely do the job. This panel will discuss the nature of these systems, what they do, why experts oppose their use, and the failure of NYC government to adequately protect our people from the racist algorithms city government may be using today.

Speakers
avatar for Albert Fox Cahn

Albert Fox Cahn

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Albert Fox Cahn is the founder and executive director of Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law. In addition to his work at S.T.O.P., Mr. Cahn serves on the Immigrant Leaders Council... Read More →
avatar for Liz O'Sullivan

Liz O'Sullivan

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
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Katurah Topps

NAACP LDF


Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
2-301 (220 ppl)