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The Future is Intersectional: Black Women Interrogating Technology

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 Foundation is proud to present a series of discussions highlighting the unique intersectional lens Black women bring to the development and utilization of technology in our society. Talks will cover both the vast contributions of Black women to this field as well as the challenging and demoralizing experiences Black women have in a field where they are highly underrepresented and often undervalued.

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Where Do We Go From Here? A Fireside Chat with Safiya Noble

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

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Join this exciting conversation with Dr. Safiya Noble and Spelman senior Princess Sampson as they discuss the future of technology and its continued impact on communities of color.

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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.

ABOUT Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

Safiya Noble Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an associate professor of gender studies and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she serves as the co-founder and director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She holds affiliations in the School of Education & Information Studies and is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where she is a commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG). Dr. Noble is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism" (NYU Press), which has been widely reviewed in scholarly and popular publications.

Dr. Noble is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. Her academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture and technology. She is regularly quoted for her expertise on issues of algorithmic discrimination and technology bias by national and international press, including The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, USA Today, Wired, Time, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The New York Times, and a host of local news and podcasts. Her popular writing includes critiques on the loss of public goods to Big Tech companies, as featured in Noema magazine.

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ABOUT Princess Sampson, C'2022

Princess SampsonPrincess Sampson is a senior at Spelman College double-majoring in computer science and comparative women's studies, a full-stack software engineer with 5+ years of experience, and an interdisciplinary student researcher. She is a two-time Amazon intern and most recently interned with Etsy in data engineering.

On campus, Sampson serves as technical director of The Blue Record Podcast, is a 2021 Social Justice Fellow, a 2019-2022 LINCs Scholar, and a 2021 Google Tech Exchange Scholar. She is also a member of the Ethel Waddell-Githii Honors Program and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Currently, Sampson is a research assistant in the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab at Georgia Tech. After Spelman, Princess plans to pursue graduate study in computer science. Her research interests encompass social computing, decolonial/feminist/queer theory, technology ethics and policy, and machine learning. You can connect with Princess on Twitter and LinkedIn @pdotsamp.

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