Sept 15 & 20, 2020

Coded Bias

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Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Filmmaker Biography

Director/Producer Shalini Kantayya’s feature documentary, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed an episode of the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, Executive Produced by Ron Howard, broadcast globally in 2017. Her debut feature film, ‘Catching the Sun,’ premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. ‘Catching the Sun’ released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary.

Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and a finalist for the ABC Disney DGA Directing Program. She is an Associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


This online screening and Q&A with the filmmaker will be available for a limited time only. The film and Q&A will be accessible at the following dates and times. Viewers may start the film up to one hour after the time listed.

  • September 15, 2020. 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT.
  • September 20, 2020. 4:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. CT


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