Algorithmic Exclusion: How Data Deserts in the U.S. Perpetuate Inequity

monday, march 25TH 2019
Georgetown Law | 600 NEW JERSEY AVE

3.30 P.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Lack of connectivity hurts students trying to do their homework, jobseekers looking for work, and communities engaging in online discourse. But what about its impact on the fairness & equity of AI?

The digital divide dramatically exacerbates inequity in our society: nearly half of all people in the U.S. without home internet access are people of color. Six in 10 rural residents say high speed internet access is a problem in their area.

At a time when algorithms shape every facet of our lives—from how government resources are allocated, to the products and information you see online—disparities in online access risk perpetuating exclusion for communities of color, low-income communities and rural America.

Join a panel of experts to discuss the impact of the digital divide on AI bias and exclusion.


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3.30 p.m. Welcome: Deloris Wilson, Fellow, Georgetown Institute for Tech Law & Policy

3.35 p.m. Alisa Valentin, Public Knowledge

3.40 pm. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI).

3.50 p.m. Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

DeVan Hankerson, The Goodfriend Group (moderator)

Keith Dowd, U.Group

Yosef Getachew, Common Cause

Ben Moncrief, C-Spire

Mike Muse, Muse Recordings

Sean Perryman, Internet Association

Daiquiri Ryan, National Hispanic Media Coalition

5.15 p.m. Event Concludes

5.30 p.m. Informal gathering at Busboys & Poets, 450 K Street NW

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