The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life
Co-sponsored by CSTMS, The CITRIS Policy Lab, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity working group (AFOG)
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity.
This talk will be preceded by a reception and book-signing event in the lobby immediately outside Banatao Auditorium.
Ruha Benjamin is an associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity 2019) and editor of Captivating Technology: Reimagining Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Duke 2019) among many other publications. Dr. Benjamin’s work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study and, in 2017, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.