Search Engines, AI & The Politics Of Oppression | Tech Breakdown Episode 6
In this episode of Tech Breakdown, journalist and host Manasa Narayanan speaks with Dr Safiya Noble, one of the foremost social scientists studying algorithmic discrimination. From search engines and AI-powered facial recognition to large language models like ChatGPT, they discuss the politics of technology and consider how these technologies perpetuate biases and act as tools of oppression.
Safiya is an Internet Studies scholar and Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the founder of the Center for Race and Digital Justice. She is very famously known for her book, Algorithms of Oppression. She is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, and was recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for her work on algorithmic discrimination.