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With Mia Shah-Dand (Founder, Lighthouse3), Timnit Gebru (Independent Scholar), Jennifer Lee (Tech & Liberty Mgr, ACLU of Washington), Eleni Manis (Research Dir., STOP), Cori Crider (Founder, Foxglove), Julie Owono (Dir., Internet Sans Frontiers), Ifeoma Ozoma (Earthseed).
Thursday, December 02, 2021 at 11:00 AM   $10   Online

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Annual gathering of brilliant women working in or interested in AI Ethics from around the world.
About this event
This year, we have invited change-makers from the Women in AI Ethics community to inspire & guide us on the concrete actions we can collectively take for a more responsible & ethical AI/tech future. Join us as we explore different approaches to greater tech accountability along with their effectiveness as well as limitations. We will also honor the 100 new voices in this space & highlight more brilliant women & non-binary folks in our Hall of Fame.

Check out the past lists here & nominate yourself or a colleague here!

Many thanks to the Ford Foundation for supporting our annual event!

Note: Timings are in U.S. Pacific Time. Use this free tool to find your local time.

Opening Remarks

Speaker/s: Mia Shah-Dand, founder Women in AI Ethics & Lighthouse3

8.00a - 8.15a PDT

Opening Keynote - Holding Big Tech Accountable

Speaker/s: Dr.Timnit Gebru, Independent Scholar

8.20a - 8.50a PDT

Dr. Timnit Gebru is a much-respected & admired scholar in the Artificial Intelligence space. Her seminal research has led to meaningful ways for combatting harms from biased algorithmic models & systems. At Google, she was a co-lead for their ethical AI team but was fired for publishing a paper critical of the tech giant's large scale language models. In this not-to-be-missed talk, Dr. Gebru will unveil her new independent AI research institute, which is part of her mission to free AI research from pervasive tech influence. Join us to learn how you too can join her fight to hold Big Tech accountable for products & practices that cause harm to our most vulnerable communities.

The Fight Against Surveillance State

Speaker/s: Jennifer Lee, Technology & Liberty Manager, ACLU of Washington & Eleni Manis, Research Director, S.T.O.P

8.55a - 9.35a PDT

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) tirelessly pursues large-scale impact that affects real people's lives, including reproductive, youth, & LGBTQ rights; mass incarceration & racial justice; privacy, surveillance, & technology. S.T.O.P (Stop Surveillance Oversight Project) fights to end discriminatory surveillance. It challenges both individual misconduct & broader systemic failures by crafting policies & educating impacted communities on how they can protect their rights. In this session, our speakers will share how these two organizations are fighting harms from the surveillance state - automated decision systems, predictive policing tools, facial recognition systems, & getting agencies to disclose how they are using these pervasive systems.

Litigating for Tech Fairness & Accountability

Speaker/s: Cori Crider, Co-founder - Foxglove

9.40a - 10.00a PDT

In a very short time, Foxglove has built an impressive track record for holding big tech & governments alike to account in the U.K. They have forced disclosure of secret contracts between tech giants & government, known as the NHS Covid-19 data deals', stopped the Home Office's racist visa-streaming algorithm, helped make grading fair for every student in the UK by challenging Ofqual's algorithm & helped over 360 Facebook workers speak out against their harmful workplace conditions. In this session, we have invited co-founder of Foxglove to discuss the effectiveness of litigation as a strategy to fight big tech.

Big Tech Oversight Boards - How Effective Are They?

Speaker/s: Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet Sans Frontiers, Facebook Oversight Board Member

10.05a - 10.25a PDT

Big Tech has made many attempts at self-governance & one approach has been to create Oversight Boards with external representatives. The response to formation of these Boards has been controversial & the jury is still out on whether they have been effective in holding the tech giants accountable. In this session we have invited a member of the official Facebook Oversight Board for an open & honest discussion about the usefulness of tech oversight boards & also address some of their limitations.

Sex Workers - Canaries in the Tech Coalmines

Speaker/s: Savannah Sly, National Coordinator for #OldProProject with Old Pros, sex worker rights advocate

10.30a-10.50a PDT

Sex workers have a lot to teach us about privacy, data, censorship, communication, & surveillance. They are always the first movers on technology platforms due to enterprise & necessity i.e. creating space for themselves. But they are also the first ones to be booted off when a given platform gets popular. In this session, you will hear from a fierce sex worker rights & gender justice advocate fighting harms to their community from constant targeting by biased algorithms & facial recognition.

Closing Discussion - Protecting Tech Whistleblowers

Speaker/s: Ifeoma Ozoma, Founder & Principal of Earthseed

10.55a - 11.25a PDT

Ifeoma Ozoma's consulting firm advises individuals, organizations, & companies on the issues of tech accountability, public policy, health misinformation, & related communications. She is a former employee at Pinterest, Facebook, & Google, who courageously broke her NDA to share her experience with wage discrimination & retaliation in her workplace. She is also the catalyst for a bill that limits nondisclosure & nondisparagement agreements, which was signed into law in California, as part of her mission to protect workers who speak out on unlawful conduct. Ozoma has also published The Tech Worker Handbook, a powerful resource guide for tech workers considering disclosing information in the public interest. In this engaging discussion, she will share how we can protect whistleblowers & support their fight for greater tech accountability.

Announcement of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics list for 2022 & Closing Remarks

Speaker/s: Women in AI Ethics team

11.30a - 12.00p PDT



This event is hosted by Women in AI Ethics (WAIE), a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund (Tax Id: 46-1323531), a California nonprofit corporation & registered 501(c)(3) organization, with a mission to increase recognition, representation, & empowerment of brilliant women in this space who are working hard to save humanity from the dark side of AI.

**You can support our activities by donating here! **

All our activities are funded by donations & ticket sales. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law & used to fund mission-aligned activities, which includes but is not limited to providing free AI Ethics career resources, hosting community events, & funding other initiatives to support women in this space.


We reserve the right to refuse membership or entrance to anyone who is disruptive, dangerous, and/or poses a threat or harasses our members/speakers in any manner. Harassment includes but is not limited to heckling the members or speakers, purposeful misgendering, mansplaining, using any kind of slur, bullying, racist comments, or any other attempt to intimidate other attendees or disrupt the event. We reserve the right to take action including but not limited to removing/blocking members who are in violation of our rules. There is no place in our group for hate or harassment.


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