Events

AFOG hosts various public events including talks, panels, and workshops, to learn about and discuss relevant topics.

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 1AFOG Logo
April 12, 2021
10:30 am
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12:15 pm
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Virtual

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 1

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 1

Sarah Hamid, The Policing Tech Campaign lead at the Carceral Tech Resistance; Mutale Nkonde, founding CEO of AI For the People and researcher, policy advisor and key constituent to the 3C UN Roundtable on AI; Nicole Ozer, Technology & Civil Liberties Director, ACLU of California; Tawana Petty, National Organizing Director at Data for Black Lives, former Data Justice Program Director at Detroit Community Technology Project, co-founder

In this two-part roundtable, we will build on discussions started at the Refusal Conference last summer where we dug into the idea of rejecting or refusing technology which so often runs against the grain of the celebrated role technology has generally occupied in the West (Marx 1997), wedded closely to the notion of progress itself. The roundtable discussions will specifically focus on the recent refusals and resistance to facial recognition technologies as part of an effort to understand them, draw lessons from them, and put this moment in conversation and context. In this first panel we will explore this up swell of resistance to facial recognition to understand what is happening in the current moment

Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Beyond the Ouch: Activating Anti-racists in Data and Digital SpacesAFOG Logo
April 14, 2021
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
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Virtual, Registration Required

Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Beyond the Ouch: Activating Anti-racists in Data and Digital Spaces

Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Beyond the Ouch: Activating Anti-racists in Data and Digital Spaces

Tawana Petty, mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy rights education and racial justice and equity work. She is the National Organizing Director at Data for Black Lives, former director of the Data Justice Program at Detroit Community Technology Project, co-founder of Our Data Bodies, a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, a Digital Civil Society Lab fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and director of Petty Propolis, a Black woman led artist incubator primarily focused on cultivating visionary resistance through poetry, literacy and literary workshops, anti-racism facilitation, and social justice initiatives

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 2AFOG Logo
April 26, 2021
10:30 am
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12:15 am
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Virtual

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 2

Roundtable Discussion - Refusal of Surveillance Tech - Part 2

Colin Bennet, Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria BC, Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Research Director of Critical Surveillance Inquiry (CSI) with Good Systems, a research collaborative at the University of Texas at Austin; Sarah Igo, Andrew Jackson Chair in American History, Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Professor of Sociology, Director, American Studies Program, Vanderbilt; and Priscilla Regan, Professor in Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

In the second part of the two-part roundtable, we will put the current moment into historical context to understand how and why we see a recent upswell of resistance to facial recognition and surveillance technology: What has changed? Why does it matter? Where should we go from here?

Beyond Competition: Alternative Discovery Procedures & The Postcapitalist Public SphereImage of UC Berkeley
March 19, 2021
10:00 am
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11:00 am
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Beyond Competition: Alternative Discovery Procedures & The Postcapitalist Public Sphere

Beyond Competition: Alternative Discovery Procedures & The Postcapitalist Public Sphere

Evgeny Morozov, Author, "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom"

(co-sponsored with the Social Science Matrix)

Registration required

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Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Social Media is Too Important to Leave Up to the MarketImage of UC Berkeley
March 15, 2021
10:30 am
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11:30 am
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Virtual

Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Social Media is Too Important to Leave Up to the Market

Inaugural PIT-UN Lecture Series: Social Media is Too Important to Leave Up to the Market

Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Communication and Information at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Event part of the PIT-UN Public Lecture Series)

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The Refusal ConferenceImage of UC Berkeley
October 14, 2020
1:00 pm
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12:00 pm
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Virtual

The Refusal Conference

The Refusal Conference

A virtual conference intended to 'meet the moment' by exploring organized technology refusal from historical and contemporary vantage points.

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Repairing Innovation: The Labor of Integrating New TechnologiesImage of UC Berkeley
February 24, 2020
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

Repairing Innovation: The Labor of Integrating New Technologies

Repairing Innovation: The Labor of Integrating New Technologies

Madeleine Clare Elish, Research Lead and co-founder of the AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society

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Demystifying AI as an Ethical Project: A DiscussionImage of UC Berkeley
February 13, 2020
12:00 pm
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2:00 pm
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470 Stephens Hall

Demystifying AI as an Ethical Project: A Discussion

Demystifying AI as an Ethical Project: A Discussion

Lucy Suchman, Professor of the Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University

(co-sponsored with CSTMS)

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AI & Responsible Design: Perspectives from PractitionersImage of UC Berkeley
November 25, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

AI & Responsible Design: Perspectives from Practitioners

AI & Responsible Design: Perspectives from Practitioners

Panel discussion with: Henriette Cramer (Principal Research Scientists, Spotify), Josh Lovejoy (Principal Design Manager, Microsoft), Dan Perkel (Director, IDEO), & Emily Witt (UX Researcher, Salesforce)

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 Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative WorkImage of UC Berkeley
November 11, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work

Beyond “Bots and Trolls” — Understanding Disinformation as Collaborative Work

Kate Starbird, Associate Professor, Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

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Community Data Science Approaches to Digital Gun Violence PreventionImage of UC Berkeley
October 18, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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202 South Hall

Community Data Science Approaches to Digital Gun Violence Prevention

Community Data Science Approaches to Digital Gun Violence Prevention

Desmond Patton, Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia University

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The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday LifeImage of UC Berkeley
October 17, 2019
4:00 pm
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5:30 pm
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Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

(co-sponsored with CSTMS, CITRIS, and Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society)

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Designing a Future with ML + UXImage of UC Berkeley
September 23, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

Designing a Future with ML + UX

Designing a Future with ML + UX

Michelle R. Carney, User Experience Researcher, Machine Learning + AI, Google

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Working the Double Bottom Line: The Promise and Limits of Social Enterprises in the Shadow of AIImage of UC Berkeley
May 13, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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202 South Hall

Working the Double Bottom Line: The Promise and Limits of Social Enterprises in the Shadow of AI

Working the Double Bottom Line: The Promise and Limits of Social Enterprises in the Shadow of AI

Mary Gray, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research New England in conversation with Prayag Narula, President and co-founder of LeadGenius and MIMS alum (2012)

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 AI in the Open World: Technology & ResponsibilityImage of UC Berkeley
March 20, 2019
3:30 pm
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5:00 pm
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210 South Hall

AI in the Open World: Technology & Responsibility

AI in the Open World: Technology & Responsibility

Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director, Microsoft Research.

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Reading for Bias: Computational Semantics and the Character of Racial DiscourseImage of UC Berkeley
February 27, 2019
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

Reading for Bias: Computational Semantics and the Character of Racial Discourse

Reading for Bias: Computational Semantics and the Character of Racial Discourse

Hoyt Long, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, University of Chicago

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Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorImage of UC Berkeley
November 29, 2018
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Virginia Eubanks, University of Albany, SUNY

(co-sponsored with CSTMS and CITRIS)

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Detecting Discrimination: What Eddie Murphy Teaches Us about Theory and MethodImage of UC Berkeley
October 31, 2018
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

Detecting Discrimination: What Eddie Murphy Teaches Us about Theory and Method

Detecting Discrimination: What Eddie Murphy Teaches Us about Theory and Method

Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Yale University

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AFOG Summer Workshop — “Algorithms are Opaque and Unfair, Now What?”Image of UC Berkeley
June 15, 2018
9:00 pm
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6:00 pm
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South Hall

AFOG Summer Workshop — “Algorithms are Opaque and Unfair, Now What?”

AFOG Summer Workshop — “Algorithms are Opaque and Unfair, Now What?”

by invitation only

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It’s “Technically Fair” But You May Not Like It: Algorithmic Curation, Filtering, and Prediction Wrestles With Ethics and Public OpinionImage of UC Berkeley
April 30, 2018
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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210 South Hall

It’s “Technically Fair” But You May Not Like It: Algorithmic Curation, Filtering, and Prediction Wrestles With Ethics and Public Opinion

It’s “Technically Fair” But You May Not Like It: Algorithmic Curation, Filtering, and Prediction Wrestles With Ethics and Public Opinion

Christian Sandvig, University of Michigan

(co-sponsored with CSTMS)

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Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness Image of UC Berkeley
March 19, 2018
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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202 South Hall

Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

Inherent Trade-Offs in Algorithmic Fairness

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

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Algorithms in Practice: Comparing Web Journalism and Criminal JusticeImage of UC Berkeley
February 26, 2018
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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470 Stephens Hall

Algorithms in Practice: Comparing Web Journalism and Criminal Justice

Algorithms in Practice: Comparing Web Journalism and Criminal Justice

Angèle Christin, Stanford University

(co-sponsored with CSTMS)

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Data Driven: Truckers and The New Workplace SurveillanceImage of UC Berkeley
January 22, 2018
2:00 pm
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3:30 pm
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Matrix, 8th floor, Barrows Hall

Data Driven: Truckers and The New Workplace Surveillance

Data Driven: Truckers and The New Workplace Surveillance

Karen Levy, Cornell University

(co-sponsored with the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology)

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N of Many Ones: Creating Space for Alternative Data FlowsImage of UC Berkeley
December 4, 2017
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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202 South Hall

N of Many Ones: Creating Space for Alternative Data Flows

N of Many Ones: Creating Space for Alternative Data Flows

Dawn Nafus, Intel Corporation

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning for Bias Detection and Prevention Image of UC Berkeley
November 8, 2017
4:10 pm
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5:30 pm
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202 South Hall

Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning for Bias Detection and Prevention

Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning for Bias Detection and Prevention

Rich Caruana, Microsoft Research

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