Algorithmic Bias in Search and Research

April 18, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Read a recap of this program and view a list of additional resources.

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. 

Join your Berkeley colleagues for an open, informal discussion led by librarian Cody Hennesy, coordinator of the Library's digital literacy initiative, Level Up. Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested pre-readings/viewings: 

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)


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on April 17, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Series description

Join us for our ongoing conversation series about critical thinking and teaching in a digital age. 

All instructors and academic staff are welcome; no prior experience necessary. Free snacks and adult beverages included!

Hosted by the Berkeley College Writing Programs and the Library.