Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing
Speaker Name
Dr. Safiya U. Noble
Date and Time
Virtual, registration is required

The inaugural lecture in the Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing. 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.

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About the Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing:
Both computing departments and tech organizations have long struggled with creating equitable and inclusive environments for people of diverse identities. Both 2021 and 2021 highlighted the dangers of not understanding identity and its impact on computing environments as well as technology. The Identity & Computing Lecture Series features guest speakers with expertise in topics related to identity and computing.

Each event will be held live via Zoom and is open to all members of the Duke community (faculty, staff, and students).

This series is funded by the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement's Faculty Seed Grant (led by PI Dr. Nicki Washington and Co-PI Dr. Xiaowei Yang).

Short Biography

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2).

Nicki Washington, Duke Computer Science and Duke Faculty Advancement