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Programmed Racism

8 September 2020 / 14:00 - 15:00

How do digital technologies mediate racism? It is increasingly clear that digital technologies, including auto-complete function, facial recognition, and profiling tools are not neutral but racialized in specific ways. This webinar focuses on the different modes of programmed racism. We present historical and contemporary examples of racial bias in computational systems and learn about the potential of Civic AI. We discuss the need for a global perspective and postcolonial approaches to computation and discrimination. What research agenda is needed to address current problems and inequalities?

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Lonneke van der Velden, University of Amsterdam


  • Sennay Ghebreab,Associate Professor of Informatics, University of Amsterdam and Scientific Director of the Civic AI Lab, for civic-centered and community-minded design, development and development of AI
  • Linnet Taylor, Associate Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), PI of the ERC-funded Global Data Justice Project.
  • Payal Arora, Professor and Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Author of the ‘Next Billion Users’ with Harvard Press.

You will receive an email with the link to access the webinar after you register. 


8 September 2020
14:00 - 15:00


Global Digital Cultures / UvA