Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers the most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

We’ll host a live Q&A about “Coded Bias” at 7 p.m. Wed./Dec. 2. Participants will include Tawana Petty, a Detroit-based organizer, author and co-founder of the group Our Data Bodies and who has launched Petty Propolis, an artist incubator focused on social justice; and Clare Garvie, senior associate at Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and the lead author on the 2016 report, “The Perpetual Line-up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America.” The conversation will be moderated by Detroit Free Press opinion columnist Nancy Kaffer.

The live event will be hosted on the Freep Film Festival Youtube channel and Detroit Free Press Facebook page. Access the conversation here.

After the conversation happens, it will be archived at the Freep Film Festival Youtube page and as a direct link with any purchase of a screening of the film. 


Year: 2020
Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Director: Shalini Kantayya
Editors: Alex Gilwit, Shalini Kantayya, Zachary Ludescher
Cinematographers: Steve Acevedo
Producer: Shalini Kantayya
Composers: Katya Mihailova