Beyond the Ouch: Activating Anti-racists in Data and Digital Spaces
Sponsored by the Berkeley Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group (AFOG)
This talk is part of the inaugural Public Interest Technology University Network lecture series at UC Berkeley, which is a collaborative effort between AFOG, Cal NERDS, and D-Lab.
For years, we have witnessed expansive dialogue in response to the growing wisdom that racial bias is quite often baked into our data, digital, and technological systems. What are some ways we can begin to systematize our evolving anti-racism understanding, get activated to shape policy, and counter harmful narratives and discourse that often lead to reactionary innovation? This talk seeks to deepen questions and analysis and encourage activation towards coliberation.
Tawana Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet, and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy rights education, and racial justice and equity work. She is the national organizing director at Data for Black Lives, former director of the Data Justice Program at Detroit Community Technology Project, co-founder of Our Data Bodies, a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, a Digital Civil Society Lab fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and director of Petty Propolis, a Black woman led artist incubator primarily focused on cultivating visionary resistance through poetry, literacy and literary workshops, anti-racism facilitation, and social justice initiatives.