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June 2019

Labor in the Global Platform Economy

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad United States + Google Map

Times shown are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT-4) Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad FOR REMOTE PARTICIPANTS: Video from this talk will be streamed live; see http://esc.umich.edu/ for details. "Labor in the Global Platform Economy" is one of two public panel conversations that are part of the "Making the 'Future of Work' Work" workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation. Panel Description: From voice assistances that replicate how care and service professions manage their own emotions to surveillance technologies powered by outsourced, contracted…

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Algorithms, Scale, Speed, and the Labor of Logistics

June 1 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm EDT
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad United States + Google Map

Times shown are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT-4) Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad FOR REMOTE PARTICIPANTS: Video from this talk will be streamed live; see http://esc.umich.edu/ for details. "Algorithms, Scale, Speed, and the Labor of Logistics" is one of two public panel conversations that are part of the “Making the ‘Future of Work’ Work” workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation. Panel Description: Digital labor regimes have infiltrated various processes from global logistics and supply chains to mass production and mechanic work.…

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October 2019

ESC POD: Ph.D. Student Mixer

October 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

A mixer for Michigan Ph.D. students interested in ESC to be held at "Hathaway’s Hideaway," a 1901 ward meeting hall redecorated with bar and restaurant furnishings from establishments that are significant in the history of Ann Arbor.

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CANCELLED: Max Clermont: Data for Black Lives

October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm EDT

Due to circumstances beyond our control, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Aynne Kokas: From Grindr to Cybersovereignty

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The Chinese government has become increasingly involved in global standards-making events such as the annual Internet Governance Forum and China’s Wuzhen Internet Summit (aka the World Internet Conference) that leverage China’s national standing in international standards-building events to shape global the future of global Internet governance. At the same time, Chinese regulators are also exporting standards not through national, or international governance frameworks, but through the community standards of individual platforms. This talk examines how the Chinese government is expanding its regulatory control over global consumer platforms through the expansion of Chinese-owned consumer platforms.

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November 2019

ESC POD: Faculty Mixer

November 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

A mixer for Michigan faculty interested in ESC to be held at "Hathaway’s Hideaway," a 1901 ward meeting hall redecorated with bar and restaurant furnishings from establishments that are significant in the history of Ann Arbor.

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Megan Finn: We Are All Well

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad United States + Google Map

When an earthquake happens in California today, residents may turn to Twitter for government bulletins and the latest news, check Facebook for updates from friends and family, look to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for online maps that show the quake's epicenter, and hope to count on help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This information order articulates a particular epistemic experience of earthquake...

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Rayid Ghani: Machine Learning for Social Good

November 14 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am EST

Rayid Ghani was Chief Scientist of 2012 Obama Campaign. He is presently Distinguished Career Professor in Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Tina Eliassi-Rad: Just Machine Learning

November 14 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

In this talk, I will discuss current tasks, experiences, and performance measures as they pertain to fairness in machine learning. The most popular task thus far has been risk assessment. Most human decision-makers seem to use risk estimates for efficiency purposes and not to make fairer decisions. The task of risk assessment seems to enable efficiency instead of fairness. I will present an alternative task definition whose goal is to provide more context to the human decision-maker. I will discuss our null model for fairness and demonstrate how to use deviations from this null model to measure favoritism and prejudice in data.

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Chris Calabrese: Show Your Face?

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm EST

Facial recognition technology is sweeping into our public and private lives. The government is deploying it at the border and throughout law enforcement investigations. Technology companies are building it into their social networks. Employers are using it to monitor movements and productivity. As the technology becomes increasingly powerful, accurate, and versatile, it’s raising more and more privacy and civil liberties concerns, especially for marginalized or vulnerable populations. Christopher Calabrese, Vice President for Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology will discuss the pros and cons of facial recognition technology, how it is changing many aspects of our lives, and how policymakers should address it.

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