Event Warns of AI Implicit Bias

Encode Justice and the Justice Education Project host hybrid event on July 30 from 1-4 PM

Some of the speakers at the event will be: (l to r) Dr. Chhavi Chauhan, director of scientific outreach at American Society for Investigative Pathology; Albert Fox Cahn, founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP); and Dillon Reisman is a Skadden fellow at ACLU New Jersey and lawyer specializing in technology and civil rights.

On July 30 you’re invited to join a discussion on how artificial intelligence (AI) is gaming the criminal justice system. The event can be accessed in person at 127 Kent Street (Church of Ascension) and on Zoom. The first two hours will be spent on the panel of experts who will delve into different perspectives of algorithmic justice followed by a Q&A. Afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to walk around and network with each other and the panelists. The last portion of the event will be a workshop that will include slideshows and discussions that educate others more in depth on algorithmic justice and how to get involved, with a resource packet for further engagement.

The organizers chose to make the event hybrid as the main goal is to increase accessibility of resources on algorithmic justice and civil rights to a larger community. “We thought Greenpoint would be the best fit, with a diverse, friendly community (and great food)! The Church of the Ascension’s space also prioritizes accessibility through the space’s wheelchair friendly environment and open atmosphere. Much like the rest of Greenpoint, the Church of the Ascension has been very helpful and welcoming as we prepare for the event,” said Jia Michel, director of political advocacy for Encode Justice NY.

There is an impressive lineup of experts who will lead this discussion. Dr. Chhavi Chauhan, director of scientific outreach at American Society for Investigative Pathology, is also a leader of the Women in AI Ethics Collective, program manager for the Women in AI Accelerate and Raise Programs, and an expert at the AI Policy Exchange. Albert Fox Cahn is the founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP). Albert started S.T.O.P. with the belief that local surveillance is an unprecedented threat to public safety, equity, and democracy. He has published over 100 articles some of which have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Guardian, WIRED, Slate, NBC Think, Newsweek, and other publications. Dillon Reisman is a Skadden fellow at ACLU New Jersey and lawyer specializing in technology and civil rights. He was a part of ACLU New Jersey’s campaign calling for a total ban on facial recognition by law enforcement. The organizers are expecting to add more speakers as time goes on.

Encode Justice’s chapter system spans over 40+ U.S. chapters and 25+ countries, and each individual chapter has created educational events and workshops that have sparked conversations all over the world, with recent events being the New York Chapter’s virtual town hall on June 14 and June 15. Encode Justice is also facilitating a seminar on youth participation in AI ethics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in August. The Justice Education Project has created similar events in the past as well, notably their virtual Power of YOUth summit last April, in which guest speakers discussed different aspects of the criminal justice system and held educational workshops and training on topics such as implicit bias.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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