Are algorithms sexist?

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.


You can watch here the debat in original version, French and English without interpretation:




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.



Coded Bias
de Shalini Kantayya

How does artificial intelligence encroach on our freedoms? What sexist and racist biases does it internalise? And how should we respond to these attacks? Selected at the Sundance Festival, this hard-hitting investigation gives the floor to women at the cutting edge of science: researchers, data scientists and futurists, all of them turned activists in favour of better regulation of AI, one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Available online and on demand between the 5 and 14 March 2021



Further information

Our selection of articles to delve deeper into the subject:

The computers rejecting your job application
- BBC,  8 February 2021


Monday 8 March - 20:00

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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)



Isabelle Collet, Professor in Sciences of Education at the University of Geneva

Julia Kloiber, Co-founder of Superrr Lab, a research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the ethical use of technology and the empowerment of people 

Teresa Scantamburlo, Post-doctoral researcher at the European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT) and co-founder of the AI4EU Observatory on Society and AI


Moderated by

Mehdi Atmani, Freelance investigative journalist and founder of the editorial production agency Flypaper



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