The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demand push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality.
Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something – a position, a profit motive, a means to an end. In this talk, Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss the importance of the academic- activist library community to offer models of intervention and resistance through research, practice and teaching. Her research examines the linkages to power struggles over representation on the web and in the digital library, and the consequences of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search.
Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Centre for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She is also the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press).
This virtual Session is scheduled for Thursday 9 December 2021, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. EST. Mr. Robert Skinner, Deputy Director, UN Department of Global Communications, Outreach Division will offer few opening remarks and introduce the speaker. A Q&A Session will follow the talk, moderated by Mr. Omar Hernández, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).