Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism | Safiya U. Noble

This event was held at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California, Berkeley. “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism” Thursday 28 Sept 2017 4:00 – 5:30 pm Safiya Umoja Noble Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something — a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, will examine the power struggles over representation on the web, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search.

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Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression | Safiya U. Noble

Safiya Noble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. In her PDF 2016 talk, Noble explains why we should care about commercial spaces dominating our information landscape.

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By Safiya U. Noble JANUARY 15, 2017 Digital media platforms like Google and Facebook may disavow responsibility for the results of their algorithms, but they […]