PIT-UN invites you to join us for a conversation on racial equity and technology. As Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, Dr. McIlwain leads New York University's Public Interest Technology Alliance, a multidisciplinary a group of faculty with expertise in responsible and ethical creation, use and governance of technology in society. The Internet increasingly mediates most aspects of our everyday lives - from commerce, work, education, healthcare, banking, housing and many others. But how might the Internet, once heralded as a beacon of democracy, facilitate and exacerbate existing racial inequalities by foreclose opportunities for the public, particularly people and communities of color to take full advantage of what the Internet affords? Dr. McIlwain will focus on demonstrating the varied frameworks to investigate how the Internet - from search engines and other recommendation systems to social media platforms - discriminate and why we should be concerned.
Dr. Claibourn is the Director of Research Data Services and the Social, Natural, and Engineering Sciences at the University of Virginia Library and Co-Director of the Commas Lab where she works with community organizations to address data-driven research needs and leads the Public Interest Data Lab intended to provide data science experience to students in service of the public interest. Dr. Claibourn will be discussing the use of regional Equity Atlas as a catalyst for creating an open data culture in the region and enhancing the community’s capacity to generate, use, and openly share data related to local inequity
The conversation will be moderated by Saif Y Ishoof, Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University. Saif guides the university’s participation with K-12 partners, economic development agencies, industry partners and social enterprises.