April 6: Exploring Metcalf et al.’s research on the accountability challenges of Algorithmic Impact Assessments through the lens of impressionist painting. https://montrealethics.ai/algorithmic-impact-assessments-what-impact-do-they-have/
March 21: Applying Jenny Davis’s fantastic research on affordances to how we build AI.
March 8: Research summary of Neff et al.’s article on data science and critical data studies.
February 21: Here is the research summary of Taina Bucher’s “The algorithmic imaginary: exploring the ordinary affects of Facebook algorithms.”
February 4: Here is the research summary of Malte Ziewitz’s “Rethinking Gaming: The Ethical Work of Optimization in Web Search Engines.”
Were you wondering why I’ve been so quiet in the New Year? I thought so. I’ve teamed up with Abhishek Gupta from the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) and Nga Than, sociology doctoral candidate at CUNY, to produce a weekly blog column on the Sociology of AI. Each week we tackle a sociology paper orContinue reading “Montreal AI Ethics Institute & Sociology of AI”
As we say goodbye to 2020 (good riddance!), what are key policy debates to look out for in 2021 that implicate technology and social justice? Because 2020 has been a turbulent year, raising many equity issues to the fore, I want to focus on those tech policies that will have the greatest impact on theContinue reading “Social Justice and Tech Policy: What To Expect in 2021”
In my last blog post, I discussed the need for a Sociology of AI, sidestepping the thorny issue of what AI is. Is it a field of study? Is it a technology or collection of technologies? Is it a product? Is it nothing more than a marketing strategy?
As a sociologist in AI, I often wonder what can sociology do for tech? How can the development of responsible or ethical AI benefit from sociologists’ insights, perspectives, and research? To answer that question, like any decent researcher, I turned to the sociology of AI literature and quickly realized that there isn’t one. Why not?Continue reading “Sociology for or of AI? Let’s invest more in both.”
My grandfather was a communist, feminist, and technologist, though he would probably contest each of those labels. He passed away on August 16, 2020.