About the speaker
Catherine D’Ignazio is a hacker mama, scholar, and artist/designer who focuses on feminist technology, data literacy and civic engagement. She has run women’s health hackathons, designed global news recommendation systems, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea-level rise. Her 2020 book from MIT Press, Data Feminism, co-authored with Lauren Klein, charts a course for more ethical and empowering data science practices. D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT where she is the Director of the Data + Feminism Lab.
About the presentation
Today, data science is a form of power. It has been used to expose injustice, improve health outcomes, and topple governments. But it has also been used to discriminate, police, and surveil. This potential for good, on the one hand, and harm, on the other, makes it essential to ask: data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? The narratives around big data and data science are overwhelmingly white, male, and techno-heroic. In Data Feminism, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics-one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought.
What we'll cover
This event will consist of an introduction by Portable’s Head of Strategy, Sarah Kaur, followed by a 35 minute presentation by Catherine, speaking to the key themes outlined in her co-authored book, Data Feminism. The presentation will be followed by a 15-20 question and answer session.
Who's it for
- Technology practitioners, programmers and software engineers
- Data scientists and those working with large data sets
- Those interested in ideas of intersectional feminism
What if I can't make it?
You're in luck! This webinar will be recorded and published as a video on the Portable website at a later date. If you cannot make Thursday's event but would like to know when this video goes live you can register for the 'Send me the video' option in the registration section.
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