Gender Equality, Data Science, and Faith in Democratic Societies

Join me for talks in Portland Oregon Feb 28th, Santa Cruz March 2nd, and Stanford March 3rd 2017.

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(1) Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936). (2) Lady Bird Johnson reads in a Head Start class (1966). (3) Wikipedia mental health support illustration by Laurent Hrybyk.
  • Authoritarian and Democratic Directions for Data Science, Thurs March 2 (1:30pm) at UC Santa Cruz
  • Reducing Systemic Injustices by Humans and AI, Fri March 3 (7pm) at the Stanford Graduate Christian Fellowship

FollowBias: Supporting Behavior Change Toward Gender Equality and Online Information Diversity

(CSCW 2017, Tues, Feb 28, 9am in Ross Island/Morrison) (read it here)

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Can design and data support us to follow our own values of equality, helping us broaden the diversity of our social information sources? The answer is complicated.

The Experimenting Society: Authoritarian and Democratic Directions for Data Science

(UC Santa Cruz Tech4Good, Thurs, March 2nd, 1:30pm)

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(1) Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936). (2) Lady Bird Johnson reads at a Head Start program (1966). (3) Illustrations by Laurent Hrybyk from an article on Wikipedia mental health support.

In the mid-twentieth century, debates over authoritarian uses of statistics led to new paradigms in social psychology, management theory, and policy evaluation.

In the first part of this public talk within a class at UC Santa Cruz, you’ll hear about the history and future of democratic social experimentation, from Kurt Lewin and Karl Popper to Donald Campbell. In the second part, you will hear about my work on CivilServant, software that supports communities to conduct their own field experiments on the governance of algorithms and social behavior online.

Reducing Systemic Injustices by Humans and AI

(Stanford Graduate Christian Fellowship, Friday March 3rd, 7pm)

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Debates in early Christianity about discrimination, accountability, reform, and the theology of equality gave us many of our most enduring ideas about the Christian faith.

Today, advocates of digital media argue that it has broadened access to diverse voices and opportunities. Yet platform design and AI systems sometimes combine with common human tendencies to cause systematic discrimination, harassment, and other harms. In this talk, I’ll briefly describe my large-scale studies of online discrimination and my research helping people and AI systems change their behavior for the common good. I will also summarize work within Christianity to use data to understand and change our collective behavior to better follow our shared beliefs.

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Citizen social science to improve digital life & hold tech accountable. Assistant Prof, Cornell. citizensandtech.org Prev: Princeton, MIT. Guatemalan-American

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