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Joy Buolamwini

Social Impact Technologist and Algorithmic Bias Expert at MIT, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League

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Algorithmic Justice
AI Ethics
Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Responsible and Ethical AI
Facial Recognition Technology
Art and Artificial Intelligence
Women in STEM
Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Joy Buolamwini

Social Impact Technologist and Algorithmic Bias Expert at MIT, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League


Joy Buolamwini is a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League to create a world with more ethical and inclusive technology. Her TED Featured Talk on algorithmic bias has over 1 million views. Her MIT thesis methodology uncovered large racial and gender bias in AI services from companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon. Her research has been covered in over 40 countries, and as a renowned international speaker, she has championed the need for algorithmic justice at the World Economic Forum and the United Nations.

She serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the vice president of the European Commission to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to reduce the harms of A.I. In partnership with the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, Buolamwini launched the Safe Face Pledge, the first agreement of its kind that prohibits the lethal application of facial analysis and recognition technology.

As a creative science communicator, she has written op-eds on the impact of artificial intelligence for publications like TIME Magazine and the New York Times. In her quest to tell stories that make daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause, her spoken word visual audit "AI, Ain't I A Woman?" shows AI failures on the faces of iconic women like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Serena Williams. The short documentary, 'Coded Gaze' has been part of exhibitions ranging from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, to the Barbican Centre, UK.

A Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow has been named on notable lists including the Bloomberg 50, Tech Review 35 under 35, BBC 100 Women, Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech (youngest), and Forbes 30 under 30. Fortune magazine named her "the conscience of the AI revolution". She holds two masters degrees from Oxford University and MIT; and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former pole vaulter, she still holds sentimental Olympic aspirations.

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