FORC 2021 was held virtually (on Gather.town) June 9-11, 2021.
Times below are US East Coast time (EDT).
Day 1: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
12pm-1pm EDT (Plenary Room) Opening remarks and Keynote: A Conversation with Julie Owono, Executive Director of Internet Without Borders, and Inaugural Board Member of the Facebook Oversight Board. (Session chair: Omer Reingold) [recording]
1pm-2:30pm EDT Session 1 (Session chair: Salil Vadhan)
2:30pm-4pm EDT Session 2 (Session chair: Adam Smith)
4pm-5pm EDT (Lobby) Social hour
Day 2: Thursday, June 10, 2021
12pm-1pm EDT (Lobby) Social hour
1pm-2:30pm EDT Session 1: (Session chair: Swati Gupta)
2:30pm-4pm EDT Session 2 (Session chair: Elisa Celis)
Day 3: Friday, June 11, 2021
12pm-1pm EDT (Lobby) Mentoring meetup: Student and postdocs are invited to join impromptu conversations with senior members of the FORC community.
1pm-2:30pm EDT Session 1 (Session chair: Kobbi Nissim)
2:30pm-4pm EDT Session 2 (Session chair: Scott Kominers)
4pm-5pm EDT (Lobby) Social hour
Julie Owono, moderated by Omer Reingold
Bio: Julie Owono is the Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières (Internet Without Borders), a leading organization that defends digital rights and access to the internet, and one of the inaugural members of the Facebook Oversight Board. At the intersection of Business and Human Rights, her work focuses on creating channels of collaboration between different set of actors of the Internet. Particularly, as a practitioner Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University, and as an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, she is working on a policy and technical solution to bring local knowledge and context to algorithmic content moderation on social media platforms. Julie is a member of the Global Partnership on AI (AI) created by France and Canada, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AI for Humanity, of the WEF Council on the Connected World. She was also a member of UNESCO’s Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, a Member of the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Expert Committee on Digital Inclusion, and a Civil Society member of the Global Network Initiative’s Board. Julie graduated in International Law from La Sorbonne University in Paris, and practiced as a lawyer at the Paris Bar.
Kate Crawford, in conversation with Cynthia Dwork
Atlas of AI: Mapping the social and economic forces behind AI
Abstract: Machine learning systems are already playing a significant role in many of our social institutions, including healthcare, education, hiring and criminal justice. But despite the patina of objectivity and neutrality, many scholars have shown how these systems can reproduce and intensify forms of structural bias and discrimination. Join Professors Cynthia Dwork and Kate Crawford as they discuss insights from Dr. Crawford’s new book Atlas of AI to show the historical origins, labor practices, infrastructures, and epistemological assumptions that underlie the production of artificial intelligence. The classificatory logics and predictive approaches raise challenges that extend well beyond the current bias debate. By focusing on the role of data in creating “ground truth”, we see the ethical and political consequences of how AI systems are currently trained. Crawford and Dwork will discuss new paths for thinking through research ethics, scientific practice, and policy implications.
Bio: Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on understanding large-scale data systems in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Research Professor at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, and she currently holds the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Kate’s work also includes collaborative projects and visual investigations. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler won the Beazley Design of the Year Award, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen produced Training Humans – the first major exhibition of the images used to train AI systems. Their investigative essay, Excavating AI, won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science. Crawford’s latest book, Atlas of AI, was published by Yale University Press this month, and has been described as “timely and urgent” by Science.