• Monday October 18, 2021 @10:00am – 4:30pm EDT

    AI in Healthcare: Mitigating Disparities, Biases & Misinformation

    by: Hariri Institute for Computing, Boston University

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media are finding useful applications in health care, yet, their use may perpetuate or even accentuate inequities, disparities, and the critical role of social determinants of health, or even facilitate the spread of health-related misinformation. The symposium will convene AI experts, medical researchers and practitioners, and computer and social scientists. The objective is to seek consensus and synthesize ideas coming from different vantage points on how to (1) approach algorithmic or data biases and develop methods to mitigate them, (2) develop a framework to leverage AI as part of a learning, continually improving health systems, and (3) grapple with the increasing influence of social media in the public perception of health issues, especially their role in spreading misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Register here.

  • Monday October 18, 2021 – Tuesday October 19, 2021

    AI World Government 2021

    The 3rd Annual AI World Government provides a comprehensive two-day forum to educate federal agency leaders on proven strategies and tactics to deploy AI and cognitive technologies. With AI technology at the forefront of our everyday lives, the current administration is announcing several new and updated AI initiatives. AI World Government will report on the state-of-the-practice on how federal agencies are deploying and integrating AI and data-driven government services under these guidelines. The conference convenes experts from our nation’s strong innovation ecosystem across government, technology, business and research to present the latest strategies and state of the technology to assist the public sector in leveraging advanced intelligent technologies to meet the missions of our government agencies.

    More info here.

  • Tuesday October 19, 2021

    Private Social Media Data in the Public Interest: What’s Next?

    by: Berkman Klein Centre

    To address the variety of problems related to social media like disinformation, harassment, and hate speech, governments and civil society need better information and evidence bases.

    Recent challenges in platform research (including testimony by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen) have made this clearer and led to renewed attention to the difficulty of accessing data held by social media companies. The complex, persistent barriers to access have led journalists, academics, and members of civil society to devise other ways to study key aspects of online behavior on social media platforms.

    What might genuine data-driven oversight of social media companies look like? How can policy and industry efforts ensure the public interest while addressing various competing tensions around privacy, security, and competition?

    Hosted by the Berkman Klein Center’s Institute for Rebooting Social Media, this panel discussion will explore both existing legal and policy dilemmas around these questions and possible paths forward to address them.

    More info here.

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – Saturday, October 23, 2021

    IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

    by: IEEE SSIT

    IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) is an annual flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world. The 11th GHTC will take place as a virtual event from 19 – 23 October.

    Please submit papers using the GHTC paper template via from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Oral Presentation proposals or Short Papers (early stage results) as well as Full Papers (mature results), sharing Sustainable Development, ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective. Papers should present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigour and potential or actual impact.

    More info here.

  • Thursday October 28, 2021 @5:30pm EST

    BIG DATA: a workshop discussion about two recent publications of importance to data curation and its discontents.

    by: Rutgers University

    Co-facilitators: Ella Barclay (Design and Digital Media, ANU) and Britt Paris (Critical Informatics, Rutgers)
    Primary Readings: Chapter 2 of Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein’sData Feminism and Emily Denton, Alex Hanna, et al.’s “On the Genealogy of Machine Learning Datasets.”
    For suggested further readings, please scroll to the bottom of the events announcement.
    Free and Open to the Public but space is limited!

    More info here.

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 – Sunday, October 31, 2021

    2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21)

    A Virtual Conference hosted by the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on the Social Implications of Technology—the oldest society and conference of its kind.

    ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

    The 2021 IEEE ISTAS Conference Committee invites you to be part of this year’s flagship SSIT conference. Hosted as a hybrid event by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) from 28-31 October 2021, ISTAS21 will take place online, with select in-person, live-streamed activities in Waterloo—COVID-19 permitting.

    More info here.

  • Tuesday November 2, 2021

    Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power

    by: Princeton University

    Why are there so many privacy laws and so many privacy professionals but no privacy on the ground? With research based on interviews with scores of tech employees and internal documents outlining corporate strategies, Industry Unbound reveals that companies don’t just lobby against privacy law; they also manipulate how we think about privacy, how their employees approach their work, and how they weaken the law to make data-extractive products the norm. In contrast to those who claim that privacy law is getting stronger, Industry Unbound shows why recent shifts in privacy law are precisely the kinds of changes that corporations want and how even those who think of themselves as privacy advocates often unwittingly facilitate corporate malfeasance.

    More info here.

  • Tuesday November 2 – Wednesday November 3, 2021

    Lessons from the First Internet Ages Symposium

    by: Knight Foundation

    What is the future of the Internet? Thirty years after the creation of the first web page, what have we learned about the impact of the Internet on communication, connection, and democracy?  

    Join the Knight Foundation for Lessons from the First Internet Ages, a virtual symposium that will explore and evaluate what key figures in the development of the Internet and online communities have learned from their experiences. Curated by two leading experts on Internet law, these conversations will feature contributions from pivotal Internet figures, technologists, and cyber scholars.

    More info here.

  • Thursday November 4 – Saturday November 6, 2021

    Absolutely Interdisciplinary 2021 | Human and Machine Normativity: New Connections

    by: SRI

    SRI’s inaugural conference Absolutely Interdisciplinary 2021 | Human and Machine Normativity: New Connections, will be held virtually with a one-day graduate workshop on November 4th, four scheduled sessions across two days November 5th and 6th, and opportunities for interaction and socialization in between. 

    Register here.

  • Saturday November 6, 2021

    Value Sensitive Design seminar

    by: University of Toronto

    U of T Critical Computing Seminar Series present Batya Friedman and David Hendry discussing “Value Sensitive Design.” This series is co-organized by SRI Faculty Affiliate and new Faculty Fellow Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed.

    More info here.

  • Thursday November 11, 2021 @5:30pm EST

    DATA RELATIONALITIES: a talk and discussion with Salomé Viljoen (Columbia Law)

    by: Rutgers University

    A talk and discussion with Salomé Viljoen (Columbia Law) on her pioneering work on the relationality of data. Professor Viljoen will be introduced by Michele Gilman (Venable Professor of Law, University of Baltimore).
    Primary Readings: “Data as Property?” (2020)
    For suggested further readings, please scroll to the bottom of the events announcement.
    Free and Open to the Public but space is limited!

    More info here.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2021 @11:00am – 1:00pm

    Digital Rights, Data, and Technology

    by: Mission Capital

    The global pandemic has elevated the already clear fact that data and technology are not an equal playing field, and there is a growing digital divide. Data and digital technology can be used to further inequities, through both intentional and unintentional means. As our society and our sector continues to increase delivery of services and resources online, as well as increase collection of data (whether directly or indirectly by partners and vendors), we need to understand the impact on the rights of those we serve, our employees, our volunteers, and our partners. What does your organization need to be thinking about as it navigates digital rights, data privacy, and the expansion of services and resources online? Join us for a deep conversation about digital rights with leaders of organizations who are working to make data practices more transparent and digital technology more accessible and equitable!

    Register here.

  • Tuesday November 16, 2021 @2:30pm – 5:30pm

    Veterans in Tech

    by: Capital Factory

    We’re dedicated to increasing diversity in the tech community and making our coworking space an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and identities. This event is for veteran leaders, entrepreneurs, and allies in tech who support and invest in diversity and inclusion. Attendees can look forward to a keynote chat from a serial entrepreneur or investor, insightful discussion sessions, a startup showcase pitch competition, Epic Office Hours, and panels on relevant topics facing the tech ecosystem. Epic Office Hours can be considered as speed networking with entrepreneurs and mentors from our network.

    Register here.

  • Thursday November 19, 2021 @2:00pm – 3:00pm

    Technology for All: Equity in Tech

    When we first moved to remote learning, everyone was affected by the digital divide. Many of our students no longer had access to the hardware or software needed to do their course work and had to scramble to figure out new ways of working. What free technology did you discover and use to support student learning? What apps can replace more expensive software and allow access for all? Join this session and share what technology or apps can be used to help all of our students succeed.

    Facilitated by Jennifer Applebee.

    Register here.

  • Thursday January 27, 2022 @8:30am – Friday January 28, 2022 @12:00pm

    AI Ethics Summit

    Description:Our events bring together the latest technology advancements as well as practical examples to apply AI to solve challenges in business and society. Our unique mix of academia and industry enables you to meet with AI pioneers at the forefront of research, as well as exploring real-world case studies to discover the business value of AI.

    More info here.