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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe anti-black racism in Facial Recognition Software Design

  • Recognize examples of colorism, and data racism in historical and contemporary computer vision

  • Summarize how data racism creates racialized big data technologies in the carceral state and the reasons for putting a moratorium on surveillance technologies

  • Apply black-centered solutions: create Afro-centric design using Afro-centric imagination and participatory design

Black Anti-Racist Facial Recognition Software Design

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Silhouette of man with hoodie standing in street backlit Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

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Instructor(s)

Facilitator

Logan Williams

Dr. Logan Williams is an independent scholar, a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the principal of Inclusive Research by Design. Her book Eradicating Blindness (Palgrave Macmillan) investigates engineers and ophthalmologists creating "innovation from below": designing, producing, and distributing services and technologies centered around a marginalized population — in that example South Asians who were blind and low vision from cataracts. Dr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She volunteers for two peer-reviewed journals as an Associate Editor for Science as Culture and a Book Review Editor for Science, Technology, and Society. For video introduction, see: Video introduction of Logan Williams on You Tube

Black Anti-Racist Facial Recognition Software Design

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