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Academic Year 2020-21

AI, Gender and Intersectionality: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward (Closed workshop), Thursday 19 November 2020

On Thursday 19th November, the Technology, Gender and Intersectionality Project research team hosted the second of two closed workshops. In this workshop, the research team presented an overview of three core areas that benefit from an in-depth intersectional approach: data sets and the responsible collection and use of data; categorisations and classification in AI; and consumerism and commodification. The workshop was attended by invited leading academics and industry professionals. The attendees were affiliated with a range of institutions and organisations, including (but not limited to) the United Nations Institute of Migration, PwC, Wayve, Aigorithm, Mawdoo3, University of Essex, Lancaster University, University of Roehampton, University of Cambridge, IndabaXEgypt (the Egyptian Machine Learning Community), Nile University, and University of Coventry.

Multi-disciplinary Text Seminar on Gender and AI for the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Wednesday 18 November 2020

This interactive workshop with MPhil and first-year PhD students at the Centre for Gender Studies discussed gender, race and AI. The discussion focused on how gender and race are envisioned and programmed into facial recognition technologies. It also examined gendered and racialised representations of AI, drawing upon both Cave and Dihal's (2020) work and the research team’s prior work on AI narratives.

Race Research Cluster on Bias in Algorithms, Interface, and Design, Thursday 12 November 2020

At the Department of Sociology's Race Research Cluster, the Technology, Gender and Intersectionality Project team provided an overview of algorithmic bias and facilitated a vibrant discussion on Cave and Dihal's (2020) 'The Whiteness of AI'.

AI, Gender and Intersectionality: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward (Closed workshop), Tuesday 10 November 2020

On Tuesday 10th November, the Technology, Gender and Intersectionality Project team held their first closed, invitation-only workshop on AI, Gender and Intersectionality. It provided an overview of three core areas that benefit from an in-depth intersectional approach: data sets and the responsible collection and use of data; categorisations and classification in AI; and consumerism and commodification. The workshop was attended by invited leading academics and industry professionals, who joined for the discussion following our presentation. The attendees were affiliated with a range of institutions, including AI Now, the University of Nottingham, Florida International University, The London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Cambridge.

Mitigating Unfair Bias in AI: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Lunchtime Seminar Series, Wednesday 4 November 2020

On Wednesday 4th November the Technology, Gender and Intersectionality Project research team held a seminar for members of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, which presented an overview of the scholarship on mitigating gendered and racialised bias in AI. Attendees included Dr Stephen Cave, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Dr Kanta Dihal, Project Lead for Decolonizing AI.

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