From the 5th to the 14th March 2021 will take place the 19° International film festival and forum on Human rights - FIFDH in Geneva, The event will host a
PANNEL DISCUSSION: ARE ALGORITHMS SEXIST?
From the 5th to the 14th March 2021 will take place the 19° International film festival and forum on Human rights - FIFDH in Geneva, The event will host a variety of activities, including films and talks. Between the participants of the round table on Are algorithms sexist? The Observatory on Society and AI will contribute with our member, Teresa Scantamburlo, to the discussion on the ethical implications of use algorithms in our society. The debate will be held in French and English with simultaneous French and English interpretation.
Time: 20.00 CET
Co-presented with Service Agenda 21 – Ville durable de la Ville de Genève in the context of the Semaine de l’égalité 2021 titled “Elle-x-s sont dans la place ! », and the Bureau de promotion de l’égalité et de prévention des violences (BPEV).
Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms do what they are asked to do, what they are programmed to do. In this way, they reflect the image of society and suffer from the same biases, based on gender stereotypes and racism.
Facial recognition programmes struggle when applied to racialised people and women. Why is this? Because the algorithms used share the biases of their programmers. In fact, the algorithms at the basis of innumerable applications in daily life do not possess the neutrality we attribute to them: they reproduce the prejudices of their creators and, more generally, of society. With the Covid-19 pandemic, collection of personal data on citizens has intensified. This state surveillance coupled with algorithmic biases poses serious threats to democracy and human rights.
Isabelle Collet, professor in Sciences of Education at the University of Geneva
Teresa Scantamburlo, post-doctoral researcher at the European Centre for Living Technology, specialist in the social impacts of Artificial Intelligence and co-founder of the AI4EU Observatory on Society and AI
Mehdi Atmani, Freelance investigative journalist and founder of the editorial production agency Flypaper
Image from Coded Bias by Shalini Kantayya
Source: Francesca Foffano