Thursday, February 20, 2020, 5pm-6:45pm
Reception to follow
Atkinson Hall Auditorium, U.C. San Diego
Please join us for a keynote talk by Dr. Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University) followed by a moderated discussion with Graciela Zamudio of Alma Migrante, Paul Khalid Alexander of Pillars of the Community, and Tina Givens of Rideshare Drivers United, discussing how data analytics and surveillance technologies already affect life in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Suchman is a leading expert on the automation of war, having testified at the United Nations, as well as a SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award winner, former president of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and a member of the Advisory Board of AI Now.
Keynote abstract: Growing US investments in data analytics are sustained by ongoing declarations of insecurity, framed as terror abroad and illegal immigration at home. These algorithmic systems, often mystified as “AI”, detect correlations within very large datasets and promise to identify persons and activities that pose a threat to the US homeland. The promotion of data analytics is accompanied by widespread calls for data accountability, typically framed within the rubric of AI ethics. This talk takes the case of threat identification as emblematic, and proposes that we go beyond ethical principles to examine the technopolitics of data analysis and to reveal a wider terrain of rights and harm.
This AI-focused event launches our cross-border conference, Counter-technologies at the Edgelands (February 28 & 29, 2020) to be held in San Diego and Tijuana. Please register for the conference separately.
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Dr. Lucy Suchman, Professor of the Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University in the UK
5:50-6:20pm: Community Panel
Graciela Zamudio, Executive Director and Founder, Alma Migrante (Tijuana)
Paul Khalid Alexander, Professor, City College and Founder, Pillars of the Community (San Diego)
Tina Givens, Driver and Organizer, Rideshare Drivers United (San Diego/Tijuana)
6:20-6:45pm: Moderated Q&A
The event will be livestreamed: https://bit.ly/2ucBDIy
Co-sponsored by UCSD Institute for Practical Ethics, Design Lab, Division of Social Sciences, Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Center for Global Justice, Communication, History, Visual Arts, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Science Studies, Music, Arts and Humanities, International Institute, Institute of Arts and Humanities, Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, SPACES, South Asia Initiative, Cross Cultural Center, Groundwork Books; Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura (Tijuana).
This program is supported in part by a co-sponsorship from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Any views or opinions expressed in this program are solely those of the speaker(s) and/or organizer(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.