Episode 1: Neema Singh Guliani
Technology has the power to foster connection, community, learning and promote equity and justice. But it can easily be used as a tool for surveillance, division, discrimination and to amplify inequality.
We know that Amazon’s facial recognition software has difficulty identifying female and darker-skinned faces. Studies have shown that AI technology used for job recruiting often favors male candidates, as the AI models and algorithms are developed and tested using men’s resumes.
In this episode Jen chats with Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, about the consequences of this phenomenon.
Episode 2: Hannah Sassaman
In the midst of COVID-19 and uprisings calling for the end of police violence across the U.S. and around the world, lawmakers and leaders are turning to technology for a cheap and decisive solution. But what should we do when these solutions increase surveillance, unjustly placing eyes on Black and Brown people?
This episode features a conversation with Hannah Sassaman, policy director at the Movement Alliance Project (MAP). Based in Philadelphia, MAP connects communities and builds power for working families at the intersection of race, technology and inequality.
Episode 3: Mutale Nkonde
In the wake of the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain and so many other Black people, our society faces a reckoning–400 years overdue–about anti-Black violence and white supremacy.
Tech companies are beginning to express their support for racial justice. But we need more than their words: Black people continue to be underrepresented in tech while overly impacted by anti-Blackness hardwired into our algorithms and artificial intelligence.
This episode features a conversation with Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People.