Open to: All instructors, graduate students, and academic staff
Algorithms shape our everyday access to information, defining what we can and can not find online.
Safiya Umoja Noble's (USC) book Algorithms of Oppression (available for free through the Library as an eBook to all Berkeley faculty, students, and staff) explores the algorithms that form the backbone for services like Google and Facebook, and the ways in which these algorithms reinforce racist views and encode gender discrimination.
As commercial platforms increasingly control how scholars, as well as the general public, access information, it's critical for our students to consider the ways in which these tools are anything but neutral.
- Missed Connections: What Search Engines Say About Women (Noble, 2012)
- "Google Faulted for Racial Bias in Image Search Results for Black Teenagers," (Washington Post, June 10, 2016)
- (video) Safiya Noble on "Challenging Algorithms of Oppression" (2016)
Also on April 18, the Library is hosting a live viewing of the Information Freedom, Ethics, and Integrity webinar from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., which will include an online talk by Safiya Noble at 11:45 a.m.
- The Black Box: Algorithms and Bias (online talk by Safiya Noble)
11:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Room 405 (bring Cal ID to enter Moffitt)