This panel is taking place as part of NYC Open Data Week. Learn more here.
Barnard CSC x Cyber Collective on the Ethical Use of Public Data
While we celebrate public data and its use for good, we also acknowledge that some use cases of public data can have harmful, unintended consequences. For example, someone can socially engineer, reverse engineer, or develop narratives about neighborhoods or communities that create inferences around sets of data that aren’t accurate or representative. The goal of this panel and discussion is to co-create and arm attendees with sets of questions to ask themselves when working with public data sets. As part of NYC Open Data week, this event brings together members from the Barnard College Computational Science Center (CSC) and Cyber Collective to think through the ethics of using public data. We will begin with a panel discussion dedicated to understanding: 1) language and how data are categorized and described and 2) using deductive reasoning to identify unintended consequences when using publicly available data. The second half of the session will be dedicated to guiding participants through a dataset in the NYC Open Data database and co-creating a set of questions rooted in principles of racial justice and ethics, which people can ask themselves when sifting through public data.
Panelists // Speakers:
Idalin Bobé is a Philly Native residing in Harlem. She is the founder of TechActivist.Org, Co-founder TechIntersections.Org, and a Human Rights Activist with the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She is currently Head of Ops at Meroxa, focused on building data infrastructure and supporting open source data movement.
Tricia Wang is Co-founder of Sudden Compass and CRADL, The Crypto Research and Design Lab, is a tech ethnographer obsessed with designing equity into systems. Follow her on twitter or instagram @triciawang. www.triciawang.com
Tazin Khan is founder and CEO of Cyber Collective is illuminating the intersection of tech, ethics and democracy through style, humor and authenticity.
Saima Akhtar is the Associate Director of the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) at Barnard College, Columbia University.
This talk will take place online. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.