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InCoding — In The Beginning – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium (may 2016)
Whoever codes the system embeds her views. Limited views create limited systems. Let’s code with a universal gaze
race  code  criticalcode  bias  software  face  diversity 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Most engineers are white — and so are the faces they use to train software - Recode
“A lack of diversity in the training set leads to an inability to easily characterize faces that do not fit the normal face derived from the training set,” wrote Buolamwini.

She wrote that to cope with limitations in one project involving facial recognition technology, she had to wear a white mask so that her face could “be detected in a variety of lighting conditions,” she said.
race  face  code  bias  software  criticalcode 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education? What truly diverse + inclusive international programs can teach Americans
I followed up with the panelists after the conference to get a better understanding of why non-Western design isn’t more of a focus in higher education. Tunstall says the reason is complicated by the fact that it’s not just a conversation about aesthetics. Rather it’s “the way in which design is implicated in the politics of the nation relating to colonization in a direct way, and to a history of decimation of Native American communities.”
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In Toronto, OCAD University has entered a new educational paradigm, following principles that Tunstall calls “respectful design.” Their goal as educators is to “prepare students to understand the cultural implications of what they’re designing, as well as understand the role they play in the creation of culture by the making of things. That leads to questions of ethics, questions of social justice, questions of accountability, appropriation, indigenization, and decolonization.” “When you begin to ask those questions of what it means as a designer to be a culture maker, you ask harder questions about what kind of culture you’re creating.”
ethics  modernism  race  design  global  feministhci  postcolonial 
january 2017 by rachaelsullivan
Trump’s America Was Never a Democracy
But if American democracy failed, it failed primarily in this dogged refusal to include everyone to begin with. Democracy may fall further in an increasingly authoritarian, autocratic system of one-party Trump rule. This possible future could have been avoided by simply counting and valuing everyone who has a stake in the decision-making process to begin with.
democracy  election  race 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
The Identity Politics of Whiteness - The New York Times
“White” is a category that has afforded them an evasion from race, rather than an opportunity to confront it.
race  whiteness  election 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Black Women in the 2016 Election - Reasons the Democrats Lost the 2016 Election
Only a refusal to take black women seriously could have lead to the ignoring of black women as we were ignored in this cycle. Hillary needed little black girls in box braids and Afro puffs to light up when she walked in the room. She needed their moms to brave November winds, to overcome voter ID laws, to push past apathy, to get excited and be "with her." She needed them to believe she represents the futures of their own black daughters and sons. And there was no particular reason for black women to believe this.
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The wisdom of black women is rarely seen beyond pancake boxes and white-girl coming-of-age novels. It is not taken seriously as political information that might guide our understanding of election outcomes.
race  women  election 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features
Unlike a human examiner/judge, a computer vision algorithm or classifier has absolutely no subjective baggages, having no emotions, no biases whatsoever due to past experience, race, religion, political doctrine, gender, age, etc., no mental fatigue, no preconditioning of a bad sleep or meal.
ai  algorithm  race  phrenology  software  face 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
‘Graceful in the lion’s den’: Photo of young woman’s arrest in Baton Rouge becomes powerful symbol - The Washington Post
Bizarrely, in Bachman’s photo, the two officers are frozen in time just at the moment they reach the young woman. It’s almost as if they are about to hug her.
photography  BLM  race  visualrhetoric 
august 2016 by rachaelsullivan
Editorial: How Does a Steady Stream of Images of Black Death Affect Us? - NBC News
as a black woman I'm also worried about the mental and emotional health of my people as we continue to consume these videos.
race  BLM  photography  death  visualrhetoric  images  socialmedia 
august 2016 by rachaelsullivan
How Black People May Or May Not Use Twitter : All Tech Considered : NPR
The images make the point that black people aren't a monolith. Those parody birds started showing up as Facebook profile images and Twitter pics across the Internet. And Thurston says those black Twitter bird spinoffs might be even more powerful than the article itself. "That's a form of activism, that's a form of community organizing, that's a form of reasserting a claim to your own identity," he says. "And countering what you see as a damaging media message."
blackness  race  twitter  photoshop  activism 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism -
In fact, the whiter our schools and neighborhoods are, the more likely they are to be seen as “good.” The implicit message is that there is no inherent value in the presence or perspectives of people of Color.
race  privilege  whiteness  bias  poc 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
White men dominate Silicon Valley not by accident, but by design — Quartz
Too often, discussions about women in tech frame suggest that it’s necessary to inject diversity into an industry that has been successful without it. Attempts to close the gender gap might be more successful if they acknowledged that women have been involved in the field all along. “Unlocking the clubhouse” seems a lot less radical when it didn’t start out as “no girls allowed” to begin with. As Gloria Steinem once said: ‪”Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven’t been a part of history.” Women of color have been particularly subject to such erasures, and have faced even more limitations in hiring—including in the tech sector.
women  computing_history  brogrammers  diversity  code-debate  race  techindustry 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
The #TwitterEthics Manifesto by Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim | Model View Culture
A different way to think about the subject/object is to look at the work of Karen Barad who flattens the subject-object hierarchy from a vertical top to bottom relation to one that is horizontal and ever shifting, such as Meeting the Universe Halfway. Her theories of entanglements especially in relation to gendered computer programming reimagine subject/object relationships in a distributive platform system.
ethics  twitter  women  race  feminism  labor  barad 
october 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Cruelty - The Atlantic
It is cruelty to sneer at the unguarded thoughts of dead children. But it is the specific cruelty of racism that prevents so many from ever seeing Martin as a child.
race  racism  whiteness  blackness  poc 
september 2015 by rachaelsullivan
Glitch Racism: Networks as Actors within Vernacular Internet Theory // Culture Digitally
lGitches represent the user’s loss of control over the machine; they are often exploited as part of avant-garde art practice because they forcibly remind viewers of the material base of digital events. [trolling] claims that the “intentions, feelings, or opinions of users” don’t really come into play in everyday racism, that this kind of racism isn’t really racism because it is a network effect as well as a human effect—the product of human computer interaction, indeed all human computer interaction. In other words, everyday online racism it is a “glitch” or malfunction of a network designed to broadcast a signal, a signal that is highjacked or polluted by the pirate racist.
trolling  glitch  nakamura  race  4chan  internet-culture 
october 2014 by rachaelsullivan
The Political Power of Play - Hybrid Pedagogy (Adeline Koh)
Games and play thus offer some of the most interesting and underutilized ways of creating political thought and action.
gaming  games  race  identity  pedagogy  from delicious
may 2014 by rachaelsullivan
James Webb: Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege - WSJ.com
America still owes a debt to its black citizens, but government programs to help all 'people of color' are unfair. They should end. (also see Adam Serwer's response)
race  whiteness  class  argument 
january 2011 by rachaelsullivan
Webb And "White Privilege."
Adam Serwer argues that there is "White Privilege."
argument  race  whiteness  class 
january 2011 by rachaelsullivan
Photos of "Southern Experience" at GOP women's meeting causing controversy | WCBD-TV 2
Several photos taken at the National Republican Women's Federation Board of Directors meeting last week here in Charleston are creating a controversy. Some say they are racially insensitive.
representation  race  racism  southcarolina  debate  argument  transmedia_argument 
november 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Journal axes gene research on Jews and Palestinians
A keynote research paper showing that Middle Eastern Jews and Palestinians are genetically almost identical has been pulled from a leading journal. Academics who have already received copies of Human Immunology have been urged to rip out the offending pages and throw them away. Such a drastic act of self-censorship is unprecedented in research publishing and has created widespread disquiet, generating fears that it may involve the suppression of scientific work that questions Biblical dogma.
censorship  publishing  race  palestine  science  genetics 
may 2010 by rachaelsullivan
AZ Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial-profiling
Abdon was told he did not have enough paperwork on him when he pulled into a weigh station to have his commercial truck checked. He provided his commercial driver’s license and a social security number but ended up handcuffed. An agent called his wife and she had to leave work to drive home and grab other documents like his birth certificate.

Jackie explains, “I have his social security card as well and mine. He's legit. It's the first time it's ever happened.” Both were born in the United States and say they are now both infuriated that keeping important documents safely at home is no longer an option
identity  paper  derrida  race 
april 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Race Doesn't Exist. Or Does It? (November 28, 2008)
Tony Frudakis and his company DNA Print Genomics believe they can identify hair, eye, and skin color and point to the genetic ancestry of test subjects by scanning their DNA. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce goes to investigate, using a sample of Jad's DNA to find out what they could discover.
race 
november 2009 by rachaelsullivan
California Newsreel - RACE - THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth.
history  movies  race 
april 2009 by rachaelsullivan

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