Local Libraries, NM PBS And Society Of Professional Journalists To Air ‘Coded Bias’ Mar. 18


Los Alamos County Library System will join New Mexico PBS and the NM Society of Professional Journalists in the virtual screening of film Coded Bias by Shalini Kantayya at 7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 18. The program will feature Q&A with an expert panel afterwards.  Register HERE.  

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, will present Coded Bias. Join award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya as she embarks on an investigation that uncovers widespread bias in the algorithms that shape the technology powering our lives. While conducting research on facial recognition technology at the M.I.T. Media Lab, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini made the startling discovery that the algorithm could not detect dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy. This troubling realization prompted Buolamwini to start the Algorithmic Justice League, a group of pioneering women who uncover the underlying biases in the technology that threaten our democracy.  After the viewing, join a panel discussion about the social implications of artificial intelligence to the importance of inclusion in the tech industry. 

Are you interested in the topics covered in Coded Bias?  Check out the Bias in Science and Technology reading list from Los Alamos County Library System and learn about other Library Conversations programs. This LibGuide from LANL’s Elizabeth Moyer of the LANL Research Library gathers core resources about social bias in artificial intelligence on a single page.  Register for the event HERE.  

Coded Bias premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.  For more information, visit: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/coded-bias/

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for virtual film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and community relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation online. For more information, visit pbs.org/independentlens/indie-lens-pop-up

About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, Acton Family Giving, Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.