Safiya Noble - Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Race and Gender Speaker Series: "Where do we go from here?”: Feminist Approaches to Anti-Blackness

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something -- a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her book, Algorithms of Oppression, the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search and the power struggles over representation on the web, as well as the implications for public information needs.

Co-sponsored by ALST, Hancock Commons and WMST and other campus partners

 

Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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