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Why We Should Care: Technology and the Black Community

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Zoom

A Fireside Chat

In many ways, the creation of our future is in the hands of technology companies that do not accurately represent the increasing diversity of our society. The continued marginalization of Black communities through the use of technology is well documented, yet many of the victims of the most egregious uses of technology are not only left out of the conversations regarding how to rectify it but do not understand why they should care.

This fireside chat will showcase the many ways why we should all not only care about the role of technology in our society, but why active disengagement will be to all of our perils.

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This event is part of an ongoing lecture series "The Future is Intersectional: Black Women Interrogating Technology," organized by the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, in collaboration with the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and Mozilla.


Latanya Sweeney

Latanya Sweeney, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology, Kennedy School
Harvard University

Professor of the practice of government and technology at the Harvard Kennedy School and in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Editor-in-chief of Technology Science, director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab, former chief technology officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and distinguished career professor of computer science, technology and policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Latanya Sweeney has three patents, more than 100 academic publications, and her work is explicitly cited in two U.S. regulations, including the U.S. federal medical privacy regulation (known as HIPAA).

Dr. Sweeney is a recipient of the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award, the American Psychiatric Association's Privacy Advocacy Award, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and has testified before government bodies worldwide. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2001, being the first Black woman to do so.


Raquel HIllRaquel Hill, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Computer and Information Sciences
Spelman College

Dr. Raquel Hill is professor and chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department at Spelman College. Her primary research interests span the areas of trust and security for distributing computing environments and data privacy. Her interdisciplinary work on the re-identification risks in behavioral science data was featured in Forbes Magazine.

Prior to joining Spelman College, Dr. Hill was an associate professor of computer science and the director of the Cybersecurity Academic Program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) at Indiana University. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University.

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