AI NOW 2019 Symposium

October 02, 2019

NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY

The Growing Pushback Against Harmful AI

The AI Now 2019 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 automated allocation of social services, to policing and border control, to worker surveillance and exploitation, and well beyond.

We shared the stories of those at the forefront, drawing on their insight and experience as we work together to ensure that AI is accountable to the people whose lives it most affects.


2019 Year in Review

Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker

Co-Founders and Co-Directors, AI Now Institute

AI and the Police State

An examination of AI systems used by border patrol and police, looking at the ways in which these systems expand the power and reach of law enforcement and the carceral state, and how researchers, organizers, and scholars are pushing back.

Andrea Nill Sánchez (Chair), Incoming Executive Director, AI Now Institute

Marisa Franco, Director and Co-Founder, Mijente

Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Kristian Lum, Lead Statistician, Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG)

Tenants Against Facial Recognition

A discussion with Tranae Moran and Fabian Rogers, members of a tenants coalition that has been fighting the installation of facial recognition entry systems in their buildings, and raising big questions about tenant rights and privacy in the process.

Tranae Moran, Community Advocate, Atlantic Towers Tenants Association

Fabian Rogers, Community Advocate, Atlantic Towers Tenants Association

In Conversation with Mona Patel, Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Legal Services, a program of Legal Services NYC

Automating Judgement

As lead counsel on a class-action lawsuit involving more than 40,000 Michigan residents who were falsely flagged for unemployment fraud, Jennifer Lord will discuss litigation as a tool to redress the harms of broken and biased algorithms used in public benefits.

Jennifer Lord, Partner, Pitt, McGehee, Palmers & Rivers

In Conversation with Kate Crawford, AI Now Institute

Organizing Tech

This panel examines the growing power of tech worker organizing, focusing on app-based drivers, Amazon warehouse workers, and other tech workers who are often left out of the mainstream white collar narrative, but whose organizing has resulted in significant gains for workers over the last year.

Meredith Whittaker (Chair), AI Now Institute

Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Veena Dubal, Associate Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Abdi Muse, Executive Director, Awood Center

2019 Closing Remarks

Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker

Co-Founders and Co-Directors, AI Now Institute