Coded Bias (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, as a woman of color working in a field dominated by white males, she is compelled to investigate further. What she discovers drives her to push the US government to create legislation to counter the far-reaching dangers of bias in a technology that is steadily encroaching on our lives. Centering the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender?

“Because of the power of these tools, left unregulated there is no recourse for abuse… we need laws.” - Joy Buolamwini, Coded Bias

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2020

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Director

Shalini Kantayya

Language(s)

English

Bonus Content

70 mins
LIVE Q&A for Coded Bias

This live Q&A ran on Friday June 12 with filmmaker Shalini Kantayya, researcher, UCLA professor & author Safiya Noble, Tech Fellow at AI Now Institute Deborah Raji, Joy Buolamwini, Founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, and Policy Director at NYCLU Lee Rowland - moderated by Deborah Brown, Senior Researcher & Digital Rights Advocate, Human Rights Watch

5 mins
China: How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities are using a mobile app to carry out illegal mass surveillance and arbitrary detention of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region.

Read the full report here, and download Coded Bias to access this video content.

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