Algorithms of oppression, algorithms of liberation: A conversation with Logic Magazine

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This is a past event.

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Please join USC Annenberg and Logic magazine representatives Sarah T. Roberts, Moira Weigel, and Miriam Posner, and Assistant Professor Safiya Noble for a conversation about algorithms — the codes that are rewriting our brains, our bodies, and our civilization. Algorithms shape everything from how you find news online to how you order products that travel thousands of miles to arrive, just on time, at your door. They shape whether you find a romantic partner or qualify for a loan. Indeed, they may determine whether you can share your life and politics online at all. 

For the evening we have assembled an all-female panel of experts to discuss how algorithms can serve the causes of social justice and human liberation--and how at present, they mostly fail to do so. Together, we will explore how algorithms are deployed in a wide range of fields — from search engine discoverability, to content moderation, to supply chain software, to dating and quantified self-apps. 

So long as these algorithms are owned and operated by a handful of tech companies — companies that are, themselves, owned mostly by a handful of white men — they tend to reinforce intersecting systems of inequality and oppression. Together, we will reflect on how better systems could make the Internet — and the world — we want. 

Because this will be Logic’s first event in Los Angeles, we will also be talking about how we talk about technology. Logic was founded in 2016, by a group of thinkers and tech workers who believed that our culture urgently needed to have a better conversation about the digital tools transforming our lives. Since then, it has published hundreds of pages of writing and interviews and hosted standing room only events in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York. Read more about our mission here.

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