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Creating Democracy: Digital Technologies and Disenfranchised Communities

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Creating Democracy: Digital Technologies and Disenfranchised Communities with Rumman Chowdhury

The Professor of Practice Series at Pacific School of Religion is a cross-disciplinary series that brings global leaders on Artificial Intelligence, Business & Social Responsibility, and Arts and Race into transformative conversation and features a wide variety of events, including lectures, exhibitions, performances, and panel discussions.

Explore the ‘datafication’ of our lives and its effect on democratic expression through the role of smart cities in enabling or disabling democratic processes. Our conversation will start with the act of creating, storing and using data, and how the nature of data has changed with algorithmic systems.

Please join Rumman in discussion about the creation of smart cities and connected homes, and an understanding of the local and global development of the surveillance state. This course will evoke critical thinking, reflection, and discuss the direction and possible redirection of the digitized self to embrace and enable democracy.

Tickets available on Eventbrite.

February 12: Not All Data is Created Equal

February 19: What’s the difference between a ‘smart city’ or ‘connected home’ and a surveillance state?

February 26: Algorithmic Colonialism

March 4: Towards Digital Urban Design

About Rumman Chowdhury: Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She holds degrees from MIT and a PhD from Columbia University in quantitative social science and has been a practicing data scientist and AI developer since 2013. She is currently the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with C‐suite clients to create cutting‐edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI. Rumman serves as co‐chair of the RSA’s Citizen AI Jury and actively participates in IEEE standards committees, the Partnership on AI, as an advisor to the UK House of Lords Parliamentary group on AI, and other global AI and ethics organizations. She has presented at multiple international governing bodies, including the United Nations, the OECD and the UK Parliament.


February 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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