2020-21 Yale Mellon Sawyer Seminar Event: Safiya Noble: New Paradigms of Justice

Speaker: Safiya Noble, Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA.

Title: New paradigms of justice: How knowledge curators can respond to the information crisis

Time: 12 pm (EST), October 16, 2020

RSVP: https://rb.gy/ez1v0u



In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble challenges the idea that “Big Tech” offers an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Her work argues that the combination of private interests, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of internet companies, leads to a limited understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in everyday digital engagements.

Data discrimination is a real social problem, and in this talk, Noble offers a powerful set of data points, examples, and provocations. She asserts we are at the beginning of creating new paradigms of justice in the technology sector and that information institutions and professionals are both at the forefront of a necessary reckoning with the past and the vanguard for the future. Dr. Noble’s talk suggests both practical and imaginative ways for information professionals like librarians, museum curators, and knowledge managers to take seriously the role they can play in synthesizing complex social crises into their work and their ability to positively employ social change.

Panel of interlocutors :

  • Charlton McIlwain, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and author of Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter.
  • Krzysztof Chwała, MPH Candidate at Yale School of Public Health and scholar of science and technology studies.
  • Simone Browne, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.
  • Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Yale University
  • Elisa Celis, Assistant Professor of Statistics & Data Science at Yale University.

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