Coded Bias reveals the groundbreaking research of MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, proving that facial recognition algorithms have the power to disseminate racial bias at scale. In June 2020, IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft said they would pause the sale of facial recognition to police. In a pivotal moment for racial equality, and a decisive moment for how big tech will yield power, Coded Bias is a trailblazing film for public understanding and engagement with the algorithms that impact us all.
THEATRICAL / VIRTUAL CINEMA RELEASE SCHEDULE
Note: The following are initial bookings. More to be added.
NEW YORK, NY – Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Queens, NY (Two week run opening Wednesday 11/11)
BOSTON, MA – Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA (Two week run opening Friday 11/18)
ABOUT THE FILM AND ITS NATIONAL RELEASE
The virtual launch will kick off community screenings, and a series of online conversations with scientists and citizens across the globe about the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Coded Bias had its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
The film was also an official selection SXSW 2020, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2020, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2020, San Francisco International Film Festival 2020, Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 2020, and AFI Docs 2020 among others.
Coded Bias’s theatrical release is part of a national Science on Screen initiative, promoting scientific literacy through entertainment, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“There is hope in this pivotal moment that people recognize that data rights are human rights,” said Shalini Kantayya, director of Coded Bias. “Look what happened when informed science meets citizen activism—IBM, Amazon and Microsoft put their racially biased surveillance technology down. And I think we need to push for legislation that will protect citizens from invasive surveillance that violate our civil rights.”
The film features groundbreaking data scientists, mathematicians and ethicists fighting to expose the threats to civil liberties posed by an increasingly data-driven, automated including:
Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League
Cathy O’Neil, Author, Weapons of Math Destruction
Safiya Noble, Author, Algorithms of Oppression
Zeynep Tufekci, Author, Twitter and Teargas
Meredith Broussard, Author, Artificial UnIntelligence
Amy Webb, Author, The Big Nine
Virginia Eubanks, Author, Automating Inequality
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