Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

28 Sep 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

470 Stephens Hall

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Safiya Umoja Noble
Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California

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, disembodied, or lacking positionality. 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, Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, will examine the power struggles over representation on the web, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search.

This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  CSTMS

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