We offer live streaming of many events, some with Q&A taken from the Internet in real time. See the event pages for details. This page lists recordings of prior events that we would like to highlight.
Angèle Christin: Algorithms in Practice
Technology evangelists often argue that algorithms and artificial intelligence make decision-making more informed and objective — a promise hotly contested by critics of these technologies. Yet, to date, most of the debate has focused on the instruments themselves, rather than on how they are used…
Alex Taylor: Living a Larger Life Together
Alex Taylor is a sociologist working in the Centre for Human Centred Design, at City, University of London. Showing a broad fascination for the entanglements between social life and machines, his research ranges from empirical studies of technology in everyday life to speculative design interventions—both large and small….
Caroline Sinders: Using Design and Art to Create Equitable AI
Caroline Sinders is an award winning critical designer, researcher, and artist. She’s the founder of human rights and design lab, Convocation Research + Design. She’s worked with the Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern, the United Nations, Ars Electronica’s AI Lab, the Harvard Kennedy School and others.
How To Say No To Tech Panel — With Erhardt Graeff, Alex Hanna & Dawn Nafus Students commonly ask us, “I want to work in the tech industry, but I care about ethics. What do I do if I’m faced with an unethical design?” This panel brings together people from industry and academia who are thinking about this question. See the panel recording for a discussion with Erhardt Graeff, Alex Hanna & Dawn Nafus on this topic.
J. Khadijah Abdurahman:
Predicting Prevention — Algorithmic Logics in the Child Welfare System
State child welfare agencies have justified their use of automated decision systems as a way to “allocate preventive services to at risk communities.” In this informal Q&A we will reflect on predictive algorithmic infrastructure in human services…
Computer Vision: Who is Helped and Who is Harmed?
Computer vision systems are being rapidly integrated into all aspects of society. In research, there are works that purport to determine a person’s sexuality from their social network profile images, others that claim to classify “violent individuals” from drone footage…
Accountable Technology: An Oxymoron?
A wide-ranging discussion about the future of accountability and computing with Julia Angwin (The Markup), danah boyd (Data & Society), Marc DaCosta (Enigma), Jen Gennai (Google), and Christian Sandvig (Michigan), including extensive audience Q&A…
Culture After Tech Culture — Unimaginable?
A group of speakers wonder how we might envision and build a different kind of “tech culture.” Panelists include André Brock (Georgia Tech), Michaelanne Dye (Michigan), Silvia Lindtner (Michigan), Holly Okonkwo (Purdue), Monroe Price, (Penn), and Shobita Parthasarathy (Michigan)…
Reviewing the book of the same name, this talk asks: How can design be led by marginalized communities as a tool to help dismantle structural inequality, advance collective liberation, and support ecological survival? What do community-led design practices look like?…
The organizer of “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft” (an ongoing intervention inside the most popular online role-playing game of all time), discusses how to create discussions of feminism in online spaces that are hostile…
Algorithmic Intermediaries and The News
Platforms like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and other news aggregators influence a huge portion of human attention, acting as algorithmic gatekeepers and curators. This talk presents the results of several audit studies that reveal previously unknown details about how news intermediaries operate…
Labor in the Global Platform Economy
From voice assistants that replicate how care and service professions manage their own emotions to surveillance technologies powered by outsourced, contracted coding work, emotional, gendered, and racialized labor are the sources of “smart” technologies writ large…
Custodians of the Internet
Content moderation can serve as a prism for examining what platforms are, and how they subtly torque public life. Our understanding of platforms too blithely accepted the terms in which they were sold and celebrated – open, impartial, connective, progressive…
Algorithms, Scale, Speed, and the Labor of Logistics
Digital labor regimes have infiltrated various processes from global logistics and supply chains to mass production and mechanic work. Scale, speed, and acceleration are key to these processes of increasing algorithmic control (simultaneously critiqued and celebrated). What are the cracks, frictions, and gaps…
Info Infrastructures After Disasters
When an earthquake happens in California today, residents may look to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for online maps that show the quake’s epicenter, turn to Twitter for government bulletins and the latest news, check Facebook for updates from friends and family…