RESCHEDULED Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

NEW DATE! March 12th

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, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her new book, Algorithms of Oppression, and the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, as well as the implications for public information needs.

This talk is co-sponsored by Kresge College's Media and Society Lecture Series, The Science & Justice Research Center, The Genomics Institute Office of Diversity, The Humanities Institute, and the Department of Sociology.

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Kresge Town Hall
510 Porter-Kresge Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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