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

Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Friday, June 12
6:30 PM EDT – Start watching the film
7:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
8:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with the filmmaker Shalini Kantayya, researcher, UCLA professor & author Safiya Noble, Senior Researcher & Digital Rights Advocate Deborah Brown, and Policy Director at ACLU Lee Rowland. Register here
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Shalini Kantayya



Bonus Content

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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