Race After Technology
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.
212-966-0466 Price: Free
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“Race After Technology is essential reading, decoding as it does the ever-expanding and morphing technologies that have infiltrated our everyday lives and our most powerful institutions. These digital tools predictably replicate and deepen racial hierarchies — all too often strengthening rather than undermining pervasive systems of racial and social control.”
— Michelle Alexander, Union Theological Seminary, author of The New Jim Crow
In Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype, from everyday apps to complex algorithms, to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.
Presenting the concept of “the new Jim Code” she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite.
Benjamin will discuss the relationship between technology, race, and injustice with data scientist and writer Cathy O’Neil, author of the New York Times bestseller Weapons of Math Destruction.Buy tickets/get more info now