Coded Bias – Film Screening and Discussion on Juneteenth!

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Kirkland
8:00 PM, Saturday, June 19, 2021 PST
Location: Kirkland, WA (click for map)

Join Meaningful Movies in Kirkland on Juneteenth (June 19th) for our first live event since the start of the pandemic.  We will be showing “Coded Bias,” a powerful film about the impact of technology on civil rights and privacy, followed by a discussion.  The event will be held outdoors at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church.

When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces or the faces of women than others, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence (AI). As it turns out, algorithms, data, and computers are not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini goes on to start the Algorithmic Justice League and joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

You can watch the film on your own or as part of our group screening on June 19th, which will be followed by a community conversation about the challenges of technology, facial recognition, surveillance, and what we need to do to preserve and protect our fundamental rights.

Besides our live showing on June 19th, you will also receive a link and password to watch the film on your own.  The film is also available on Netflix.


Release Year: 2020

Running Time: 1hr 25min

Director: Shalini Kantayya