Are algorithms sexist?
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.
The debate will be held in French and English with simultaneous English and French interpretation.
Co-presented with the 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).
Julia Kloiber Managing director and co-founder of the feminist technology think-tank Superrr Lab and partner at Ashoka Germany
Isabelle Collet Professor in Sciences of Education at the University of Geneva
Teresa Scantamburlo Post-doctoral researcher at the European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT) and co-founder of the AI4EU Observatory on Society and AI
Mehdi Atmani Freelance investigative journalist and founder of the editorial production agency Flypaper