May 28, 2019

This one-day International Communication Association post-conference on May 28, 2019, sought to bring together established and emerging scholars of race and technology to critically reflect on ways that race and inequality structurally organizes and manifests in digital architectures, individual and collective identities, local and global communities, cultural practices, and power relations.

Please note that this event may have been filmed or photographed.

Opening & Closing Remarks

Charlton Mcilwain NYU headshot

Charlton McIlwain is an Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Panel – What’s at Stake: Race x Technology

9:30 am – 10:45 am

André L. Brock

André L. Brock

Meredith Clark

Meredith Clark

Brandi Collins

Brandi Collins, Moderator

Desmond Patton

Desmond Patton

Catherine Knight Steele

Catherine Knight Steele

Panel – Legal & Policy Frameworks for Understanding the Impact of Racialized Digital Technologies

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

How can we begin to address the digital rights of people traditionally covered under legal frameworks for protected classes? Artificial intelligence can entrench existing bias by building targets based on past discriminatory practices. Algorithms intended to help vulnerable populations can be shared with organizations that intend to marginalize them. Large private corporations are managing data about populations that is traditionally considered under the jurisdiction of governments.  These and other examples of automatic classifications using predictive technology are challenging existing laws, regulation and public policy. This panel will consider how to shift existing governance mechanisms to provide better accountability for understanding the impact of race and technology.

Jessica Eaglin

Jessica Eaglin

Margaret Hu

Margaret Hu

Tara Ramchandani

Tara Ramchandani

Anne Washington

Anne Washington

Panel - (Re)Defining Technologies: A Roundtable on Interventions & Resistance

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

This roundtable discussion explores the the varied definitions of technology as it relates to the lived black and brown experience in a networked world. Building on conversations and presentations of CR+DS scholars, this roundtable provides space to further explore questions of interventions in the digital realm or utilizing various technologies for survival. Specifically, scholars discuss how the definition of technology varies and expands as it intersects with race, lived experiences, and community practices.

Christina Aushana

Christina Aushana

Angela Penaredondo

Angela Penaredondo

Kiran Samuel

Kiran Samuel

Tara Pixley

Tara Pixley, Moderator

Panel -  Justice, Inclusion, and Imagining and Building Alternative Platforms

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

This panel explores the question of how we can use new media technologies for the specific purposes of racial justice and inclusion.  Scholars will discuss efforts toward anti-racist interventions, including alternative media productions, archives, hashtag campaigns, and counter-mapping platforms.  Building on their wide array of experiences, the panelists will discuss potential lessons, themes, and strategies for a more radically and racially inclusive future of new media and technologies, within and outside of extant pipelines of production, distribution, and consumption. In all, this discussion seeks to engage and learn from extant scholarship-activism aimed at combating the flattening discourses of diversity and multiculturalism.

Matthew Bui

Matthew Bui

Aymar Jean Christian

Aymar Jean Christian

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

Lori Kido Lopez

Lori Kido Lopez

Tonia Sutherland

Tonia Sutherland

Keynote: Artificial Intelligence and the New Jim Code

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ruha benjamin

Ruha Benjamin

Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard