What we're about

Automation, Big Data and the Internet are altering society in profound ways and with remarkable speed. Policy and civil dialogue on the topic struggle to keep up, leaving “experts” to define the path forward. With every technological advancement, there are people who benefit more than others. The aim of the Code Colloquy Book Club is to bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to discuss the ethical and social justice concerns and opportunities associated with developing technologies.

I understand that reading an entire book is a big commitment. In order to remove barriers to participation, each book selected will also be available in audiobook. And I will include short articles and podcast that also summarize the reading topic.

Marriam-Webster defines Facilitator as someone who helps to bring about an outcome (such as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision. I became passionate about facilitating conversations about technology and society while studying for a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where I organized the first ever consensus conference on autonomous vehicles (https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/wcav-consensus-conference/home). My aim will be to lead conversations that cover a multitude of angles on a topic and introduces everyone to other perspectives.

I look forward to meeting you.

Email: codecolloquy@gmail.com

Upcoming events (2)

The Cleaners Documentary Film Screening

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

SPACE LIMIT: Please get FREE tickets here: https://thecleanerscodecolloquy.eventbrite.com The Code Colloquy "Book Club" is excited to announce we have received a permit to host a screening of The Cleaners (Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGCGhD8i-o4). The film will begin at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:45 pm). Following the 88-minute film will be a short discussion. We hope you will join us in learning more about this important democratic and human rights issues. Synopsis from the film's creators: Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn't like. Here we meet five "digital scavengers" among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete "inappropriate" content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical "cleaner" must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media's utopian ideology.

Automating Inequality How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, And Punish The Poor

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

Hi Everyone! Our first book club was great! Thanks to everyone who came. The next event is a film screening (see the event posted above) but the next book is Virginia Eubank's Automating Inequality. It takes a look at the ways algorithms are used in social services and is a fascinating perspective that many people do not think about often. The book opens with a history of how the poor are treated in the US, we will focus more on the algorithms she reviews. If that is too much *you can still participate* here are some alternatives that can give you a taste of the book: Virginia's talk at University of Michigan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzssyn0L5I8 Discussion at Data&Society: https://datasociety.net/events/databite-no-106-automating-inequality-virginia-eubanks-in-conversation-with-alondra-nelson-and-julia-angwin/ High-level overview if you are rushed: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/02/virginia-eubanks-automating-inequality/553460/ I'm excited to hear what you think!

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