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    • cover image for National Science Policy Symposium 2020 Panel: Systemic Barriers in Equity and Access to Technology

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      National Science Policy Symposium 2020 Panel: Systemic Barriers in Equity and Access to Technology

      National Science Policy Symposium / November 14, 2020

      Sarah Myers West spoke together with Nicol Turner-Lee, and Tyrone Grandison. Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives through broad-band internet usage, protection of cyber-security security, or the usage of artifical intelligence (AI) to mimic human-operations. Historically, technology has perpetuated racial discrimination with biases in algorthims used in...

    • cover image for Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in Artificial Intelligence at the Indiana University Informatics Colloquium

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      Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in Artificial Intelligence at the Indiana University Informatics Colloquium

      Indiana University / October 30, 2020

      Sarah Myers West gave a colloquium talk about discrimination in artificial intelligence for Indiana University's Informatics Colloquium. The artificial intelligence industry is in the midst of a crisis in diversity and inclusion: while the representation of women in computer science recently fell below levels in the 1960s, inclusion across lines...

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      Ambivalence in the (Private) Public Sphere: How Global Digital Activists Navigate Risk

      Royal Holloway University of London Information Security Group / July 30, 2020

      Sarah Myers West presented on a qualitative research project examining how digital activists navigate risks posed to them in online environments.

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      NYC School of Data 2020

      New York City, NY / March 07, 2020

      BetaNYC hosts NYC School of Data 2020 at CUNY School of Law in Queens. This event, held on International Open Data Day 2020, concludes the fourth annual NYC Open Data Week. NYC School of data is a community driven conference with a focus on open data, civic technology, and service...

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      Joy Lisi Rankin at the United Nations Women's "Counted and Visible" Conference

      New York City, USA / March 03, 2020

      Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin, Research Lead at AI Now Institute, recently spoke about bias, algorithmic technologies and surveillance at the UN's "Counted and Visible" Conference.

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      AI Now Thursdays: Ryan Moritz: Important Bird Opera

      AI Now Institute / February 27, 2020

      Important Bird Opera (music, photographs, and film by Ryan Moritz with a libretto by Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb) is an experimental opera in three acts about birds, migration, climate crisis, and rewilding. The piece began as a research project and experiment in nature photography, sound documentary, and the twentieth-century tone...

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      Testimony to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee Hearing on AI in Criminal Law

      Brussels, Belgium / February 20, 2020

      Our Executive Director (Former) Andrea Nill Sánchez testified before the European Parliament on the risks and harms associated with predictive policing systems.

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      Imagining a post GDPR order: Panel at CPDP 2020

      Brussels, Belgium / February 18, 2020

      Amba Kak presented on a panel on the future of data protection law and algorithmic accountability at CPDP 2020

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      Facial Recognition Technology (Part III): Ensuring Commercial Transparency & Accuracy

      Washington D.C. / January 15, 2020

      Learn more about the steps Congress should take to mitigate the harmful effects of AI and facial recognition tech.

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      Attorneys of Color Happy Hour

      AI Now Institute / December 16, 2019

      AI Now hosted a gathering of NYC-area attorneys of color in honor of the MLK holiday.

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      Community Forum on Algorithmic Bias

      New York, NY / December 07, 2019

      AI Now and several other organizations partnered with NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) to host a Community forum on algorithmic bias in connection with the publication of Confronting Black Boxes: A Shadow Report on the New York City Automated Decision System Task Force.

    • cover image for AI Now Thursdays: White Gaze: Michelle Dizon & Việt Lê

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      AI Now Thursdays: White Gaze: Michelle Dizon & Việt Lê

      AI Now Institute / November 22, 2019

      AI Now Fridays creates space for discussion, exploration, and insight. Each event will feature a short talk, followed by casual conversation. Held on the last Friday of every month, this edition featured artists Michelle Dizon and Viet Le.

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      Litigating Algorithms EU 2019

      Berlin, Germany / November 14, 2019

      The workshop, co-hosted with the Digital Freedom Fund in Berlin, brought together European and North American litigators with experience in cases at the intersection of automated/algorithmic decision-making and human rights. The aim of the workshop was to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned from already-existing cases, while helping those at...

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      Training Humans Symposium

      Milan, Italy / October 26, 2019

      The Training Humans Symposium engaged with the themes of Training Humans, the first major photography exhibition devoted to training images: the collections of photos used by scientists to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems in how to “see” and categorize the world. Featuring Prof. Stephanie Dick, Prof. eden Medina, and Prof....

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      2019 Symposium

      NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY / October 02, 2019

      The fourth annual AI Now Symposium provided behind-the-scenes insights from those at the frontlines of the growing pushback against harmful AI. Our program featured leading lawyers, organizers, scholars, and tech workers, all of whom have engaged creative strategies to combat exploitative AI systems across a wide range of contexts, from...

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      Human Rights and Digital Technologies: A Symposium of Scholars and Practioners

      Washington, D.C. / September 28, 2019

      U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a public symposium on human rights and digital technologies

    • cover image for Book Launch: The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism with Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías

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      Book Launch: The Costs of Connection: How Data Is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism with Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías

      AI Now Institute / September 12, 2019

      In their new book, The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for Capitalism (Stanford University Press, August 2019). Couldry and Mejias argue that the role of data in society needs to be grasped as not only a development of capitalism, but as the start of...

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      Developing an Indigenous Data Science Platform

      AI Now Institute / September 09, 2019

      We hosted a talk by Māui Hudson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato, titled Developing an Indigenous Data Science Platform. Presented in collaboration with NYU Native Studies Forum; NYU Department of Anthropology; NYU Center for Media, Culture, and History; and Local...

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      AI Vulnerabilities: An Integral Look at Security for AI

      AI Now Institute / August 22, 2019

      This workshop convened both practitioners from the more traditional software security world, and those developing AI systems, researchers studying AI security and vulnerability, and researchers examining the social and ethical implications of AI. AI systems can be exploited by a variety of triggers, from outright adversarial attacks, to bugs, to...

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      QX Meetup Presents: AI Justice

      AI Now Institute / July 18, 2019

      AI is in the news a lot today - and most of it is not good. From tools that classify people by race and gender to systems that try to “predict” future crimes based on racist police data sets, AI-driven systems seem to be classifying, dividing, and controlling people more...

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      AI Now Thursdays: Then and Now with Joan Greenbaum

      AI Now Institute / June 28, 2019

      AI Now Fridays creates space for discussion, exploration, and insight. Each event will feature a short talk, followed by casual conversation. Held on the last Friday of every month, this edition featured scholar and activist Joan Greenbaum.

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      Litigating Algorithms NYC 2019

      New York City, USA / June 21, 2019

      This workshop, co-hosted with NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, brought together folks focused on litigating algorithmic decision-making in various areas of the law (from employment to social benefits to criminal justice) to discuss strategy, best practices, and exchange ideas about experiences and strategic thinking around litigation...

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      Tech Policy Happy Hour

      AI Now Institute / June 05, 2019

      TPHH is a gathering of folks working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. From advocates to policymakers, academics, journalists, and everything in between.

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      AI Now Thursdays: Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker

      AI Now Institute / May 31, 2019

      AI Now's Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker will kick off this inaugural AI Now Friday, discussing AI Now's history, their recent work, and some of the challenges they see on the horizon.

    • cover image for Book Launch: Tero Karppi's Disconnect

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      Book Launch: Tero Karppi's Disconnect

      AI Now Institute / April 19, 2019

      Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) is a book about the risk each social media platform faces and needs to respond. It centers on the idea that the different functions and services of social media are not built for the sake of connecting people but to prevent...

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      Disability Bias and AI

      AI Now Institute / March 28, 2019

      This workshop brought together a small group of experts from academia, industry and civil society to start a conversation on issues around the intersection of disability, bias, and AI, and to identify areas where more research is urgently needed. AI systems are proliferating and being deployed across core social institutions,...

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      2018 Symposium

      NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY / October 16, 2018

      The AI Now 2018 Symposium addressed the intersection of AI, ethics, organizing, and accountability–examining the landmark events of the past year that have brought these topics squarely into focus. What can we learn from them and where is there more work to be done?

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      The New Age of Innovation: Government's Role in Artificial Intelligence

      Washington D.C., USA / July 11, 2018

      Policy director Rashida Richardson discusses regulation of AI and its use in government on a panel alongside two members of congress and the head of the IT Industry Council.

    • cover image for Machine Learning, Inequality and Bias Roundtable

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      Machine Learning, Inequality and Bias Roundtable

      Berlin, Germany / July 03, 2018

      Our roundtable on Machine Learning, Inequality and Bias, co-hosted in Berlin with the Robert Bosch Academy, gathered researchers and policymakers from across Europe to address issues of bias, discrimination, and fairness in machine learning and related technologies.

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      Litigating Algorithms Workshop

      New York, NY / June 22, 2018

      AI Now partnered with NYU Law’s Center on Race, Inequality and the Law and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to host a first of its kind workshop that examined current United States courtroom litigation where the use of algorithms by government was central to the rights and liberties at issue in...

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      Accountability in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

      New York, NY / February 21, 2018

      Recently, the New York City Council passed the first general algorithmic-accountability legislation in the country. At the same time, the European Union has been moving forward on its own data accountability regime per the new General Data Protection Regulation. But what does it mean to hold a machine accountable? With...

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      Data Genesis Working Group

      New York, NY / January 25, 2018

      The Data Genesis Working Group convenes experts from across industry and academia to examine the mechanics of dataset provenance and maintenance.

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      Convening on Immigration, Data, and Automation in the Trump Era

      New York, NY / September 15, 2017

      Our workshop on Immigration, Data, and Automation in the Trump Era, co-hosted with the Brennan Center for Justice and the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law, focused on the Trump Administration’s use of data harvesting, predictive analytics, and machine learning to target immigrant communities.

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      2017 Symposium

      MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA / July 10, 2017

      The second annual AI Now Symposium deepened the examination of the near-term social and economic implications of AI begun during the first Symposium, addressing four key issues in relation to AI: Rights and Liberties, Labor and Automation, Bias and Inclusion, and Ethics and Governance. These themes built on the work...

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      2016 Symposium

      NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY / July 07, 2016

      In July of 2016, Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker co-chaired the first AI Now Symposium in collaboration with the Obama White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council. The event brought together leading experts and members of the public to discuss the near-term social and...