Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: Coded Bias

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Multiculturalism
Science & Technology
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shalini Kantayya
Producer(s):Shalini Kantayya
Editor(s):Zachary Ludescher
Alex Gilwit
Shalini Kantayya
Cinematography:Steve Acevedo
Sound:Peter Levin
Barbara Parks


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A live webinar took place on Thursday, June 4. The recorded webinar is available on YouTube now.

About the webinar
As facial recognition technology becomes increasingly used in surveillance, questions need to be asked about who is creating and benefitting from it, and who is being harmed. Join Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya and data journalist Meredith Broussard, author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, for a timely conversation about privacy and civil liberties under threat.

About the film
MIT researcher and computer scientist Joy Buolamwini wants the US government to reconsider its use of facial recognition technology after discovering gross inaccuracies in its results—namely, racism. Buolamwini found that developer bias embedded in the algorithms, and reinforced through machine learning, made the controversial technology more likely to falsely identify people with darker skin tones. Increased clandestine use by law enforcement agencies around the globe has prompted activist organizations like Big Brother Watch UK to take action in an effort to protect citizens' rights, but many don’t even realize that facial recognition technology is in use, nor understand the serious risks it presents to privacy and civil liberties. Meanwhile, the implementation of China’s social credit system forecasts an end to privacy altogether. Both informative and cautionary, Coded Bias is a reminder that “big data” is not only the result of human programming, it is subject to it as well. Nataleah Hunter-Young

Co-presented with DemocracyXchange

Coded Bias, Q&A and accessible versioning presented with support from U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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