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Systemic Racism

Technology and Big Data

 On this page you will find a sampling of resources related to Systemic Racism and Technology, broken down into the following sections:

Key Words for Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Searches:   Anti-Black, Association Between, Bias, Disparity, Disproportionate, Effect, Gap, High Rate, Impact, Inequity, Inequality, Institutionalized Racism, Oppression, Racial Inequity Racist, Racism, Unconscious Bias, Violence, White Supremacy

Technology:  Algorithmic Bias, Automation, Big Data, Censorship, Eugenics, Data Sharing, Discriminatory Design, Digital Disenfranchisement, Digital Divide, Digital Inequality, Facial Recognition, Geospatial Policing, Predictive Policing, Scientific Racism, Racial Coding, Racialized Surveillance, Regulation,


Book cover for Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin
Book cover for Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
Book cover for the Rise of Big Data Policing by Andrew G. Ferguson
Book cover for Dark Matters by Simone Browne
Book cover for Camera Power by Mary D. Fan
Book cover for Captivating Technology by Ruha Benjamin
Book cover for Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age by Brian Jefferson
Book cover for Twitter and Tear Gas: the Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufecki
Boo Cover for An Intelligence in Our Image: The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence
Book Cover for Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century  by Dorothy Roberts
Book Cover for Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
Book Cover for Bone Rooms: From From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums
Book Cover for the Skull Collectors by Ann Fabian
Book cover for They Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea
Book Cover for The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome  by Alondra Nelson
Book Cover for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot
Book Cover for Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State
Book Cover for Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
Book Cover for Bad Blood : The Tuskegee Syphalis Experiment by James H. Jones
Book Cover for Black and Blue: the origins and consequences of medical racism
Book Cover for Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Book cover for Digital Cities by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and William Franko
Book Cover for People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier  by Ruha Benjamin
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Book Cover for Fanaticism, Racism, and Rage Online: Corrupting the Digital Sphere by Adam Klein
Book Cover for Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Book Cover for The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman
Book Cover for Is Science Racist? (Debating Race) by Jonathan Marks
Book Cover for Making Black Scientists by Marybeth Gasmen
Book Cover for Rethinking Evolution in the Museum by Monique Scott
Book Cover for Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America
Book Cover for Delia's Tears: race, science, and photography in nineteenth-century America

Video Clips

Source: The Laura Flanders Show (2019, January). Automating Inequality: Virginia Eubanks. YouTube.

Source: Vox. (2021, March 31). Are We Automating Racism? YouTube.

Source: AJ+. (2018, June 5.) Why You Should Worry About Facial Recognition Software. YouTube.

Source: Vera Institute of Justice. (2018, March 26). Sarah Brayne on Police Surveillance in the Age of Big Data. YouTube.

Source: TED. (2018, October 18). How To Stop Artificial Intelligence From Marginalizing Communities? | Timnit Gebru. YouTube.

Source: TEDx. (2014, April 18). How biased are our algorithms? | Safiya Umoja Noble. YouTube.


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At Liberty

Episode: Google This: Algorithmic Oppression

Cite Black Women

Episode: Race, Technology and Abolition

U Albany New Podcast

Episode: Automating Inequality, with Virginia Eubanks

At Liberty

Episode: Glitch in the Code: Black Girls and Algorithmic Justice

Get Wired

Episode: The Racist History of Surveillance Tech

Data and Society

Episode: Data and Racial Capitalism


Episode: Digitize and Punish

At Liberty

Episode: Meet the Students Who Are Taking on Comcast

Reasonably Speaking

Episode: Race and Predictive Policing

Data and Society

Episode: Race After Technology


At Liberty

Episode: The Threat of Facial Recognition

Data and Society

Episode: Lawgorithms

At Liberty

Episode: Discrimination in the Digital Age