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Catherine D’Ignazio: Data Feminism

October 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This talk is restricted to participants at the University of Michigan. This talk will be held LIVE online via Zoom. To join, click: https://umich.zoom.us/j/99065572384 and enter the password: misc2020 during the event time. You must use a umich.edu Zoom account to access this talk.


Catherine D’Ignazio: Data Feminism


Data Feminism (co-authored with Lauren Klein, MIT Press, 2020) is a set of seven principles that demonstrate how feminist thinking can be operationalized in order to imagine more ethical and equitable data practices. This talk will briefly introduce those principles and relate them to a collaborative project undertaken by the Data + Feminism Lab, Feminicidio Uruguay and the Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos. We are exploring how to build technologies to support counterdata collection by activists and civil society organizations who are working to fight gender-related violence against women and its lethal outcome, feminicide, in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Photo by Diana Levine / dianalevine.com


Catherine D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She is also Director of the Data + Feminism Lab which uses data and computational methods to work towards gender and racial equity. D’Ignazio is a scholar, artist/designer and hacker mama who focuses on feminist technology, data literacy and civic engagement. She has run reproductive justice hackathons, designed global news recommendation systems, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea level rise. With Rahul Bhargava, she built the platform Databasic.io, a suite of tools and activities to introduce newcomers to data science. Her research at the intersection of technology, design & social justice has been published in the Journal of Peer Production, the Journal of Community Informatics, and the proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI). Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation, Turbulence.org and the Knight Foundation and exhibited at the Venice Biennial and the ICA Boston.

This event is organized by the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing (MISC) and co-sponsored by ESC.

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