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“Coded Bias” Live Stream Panel Discussion | VT WiMLDS

December 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm



| Free

In addition to a week-long virtual screening of “Coded Bias” to coincide with Computer Science Education Week, we’re excited to co-host a panel discussion with:

Shalini Kantayya
Director/Producer Shalini Kantayya’s feature documentary, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed an episode of the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, Executive Produced by Ron Howard, broadcast globally in 2017. Her debut feature film Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Catching the Sun released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Additionally, Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and a finalist for the ABC Disney DGA Directing Program. She is an Associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Meredith Broussard
Meredith Broussard is a data journalist, Assistant Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, and the author of “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.” She is an affiliate faculty member at the Moore Sloan Data Science Environment at the NYU Center for Data Science, a 2019 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. She has also worked as a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab.

Traci Griffith (Moderator)
Traci is Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts, and the Pre-Law Coordinator at Saint Michael’s College. Her areas of expertise include Media law, Ethics in the media, Intellectual Freedom and Censorship, Racial and ethnic representation in media. Utilizing her law degree and years as a professional journalist, her teaching focuses on Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age. The course focuses on the legal and ethical boundaries and parameters of modern media with particular attention to privacy, free speech and media and technology. She also created a special topics course on Race, Gender & Ethnicity in Media. The course studies the way media creates meaning about race, gender and ethnicity, and plays an important role in shaping the way we understand them as part of our identity, our history, our social institutions, and our everyday lives. Additionally, she has designed and led comparative media study trips to South Africa, Mongolia and China.

Randall Harp
Randall Harp is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Vermont, and is currently the 2020 Fulbright Canada/Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow/Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy. He does research in the philosophy of the behavioral and social sciences, social metaphysics, and data and technology ethics.

Stay tuned for a link to the live stream, happening at 8pm ET on Saturday, December 12th. You can learn more about the event, and register to watch the documentary ahead of time, on our shared website here:


CODED BIAS follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces, and delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence.

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December 12, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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