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Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Event Description

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something — a position, a profit motive, a means to an end.

In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her book, Algorithms of Oppression, the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search and the power struggles over representation on the web, as well as the implications for public information needs.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Dr. Safiya Umja Noble
12:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21
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This talk is presented by Milner Library as part of Open Access Week 2020 activities. Dr. Noble’s talk will be recorded and will be available to members of the Illinois State University community through the end of the fall semester. If you are unable to attend the live event and/or would like to request access to the recorded event when available, please email ellink@IllinoisState.edu.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.




Milner Library
(309) 438-3897