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How Human Prejudice Creates Corrupt Technology with Shalini Kantayya

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Join us for a discussion with award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya about the intersection of innovation and discrimination and how gender and racial biases play out in technology and AI.

Registration for this event is REQUIRED in order to watch the lecture. Register for the event for free here: https://go.wisc.edu/58f8d4

Shalini Kantayya is an award-winning filmmaker, TED Fellow, and director of the documentary, Coded Bias. Coded Bias was sparked by the shocking story of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s discovery that AI facial recognition does not accurately see dark-skinned faces—and her subsequent push for the first-ever American legislation protecting against bias in the algorithms that affect everyone. Kantayya’s production company 7th Empire Media works to create a culture of human rights through imaginative media. Also an eco-activist, Kantayya knows sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also promises untold economic opportunities. In her feature documentary Catching the Sun, she tells a modern story of innovation—one that’s disrupting outmoded industries and putting power into the hands of those who need it most. It explores the race for the clean energy future through the stories of solar entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. The film won the Best Feature award at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, and was released globally on Netflix with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio. Recently, Kantayya directed Breakthrough for National Geographic: a series profiling trailblazing scientists who will transform our future.

This event is brought to you by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series.

Please join WUD DLS for "How Human Prejudice Creates Corrupt Technology with Shalini Kantayya" on Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm. This event will be held over YouTube Live and will require registration to access it. The hour-long lecture is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests, and will end with a 30-minute Q&A.

Before the lecture on Thursday, join DLS and WUD Film on Tuesday to watch Kantayya's groundbreaking documentary, Coded Bias. Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. To access the film, fill out the following form before Tuesday at noon: https://forms.gle/epNgeYYpuNYvrvbd7

Want the chance to talk to Shalini Kantayya? Sign up for her exclusive meet & greet event at 4:30pm before her lecture! This special opportunity is limited to 15 UW students, faculty or staff, so be sure to reserve your spot quickly. Sign up for the meet & greet here: https://go.wisc.edu/8he159

Sign Language interpreting will be provided with CART captioning.

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