Past Event

Race + Data Science: Mutale Nkonde, AI for the People

April 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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The Data Science Institute Race + Data Science Lecture Series aims to advance research in the areas of race and data, engineering, and computational science.

Guest Speaker: Mutale Nkonde, Founding Director, AI for the People

Chaired By: Desmond Upton Patton, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Data Science Institute, Columbia University. Patton is also Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs; and Courtesy Appointment in Department of Sociology, Columbia University School of Social Work.

Abstract: The talk centers on the work done by AI for the People on racially targeted disinformation on Twitter during the 2020 Election and the challenges we faced communicating this to trust and safety teams because of their lack of how to read online culture through speech. The talk will introduce listeners to how the environment changed from 2016 to 2020, our findings detailed here and end with recommendations on how to increase the racial literacy of computer scientists working in industry settings.