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.
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)
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
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
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