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Lecture with Dr. André Brock: Black Technical Objects - Policing, Black Men, and 'Bad Data'

The Sister Thea Bowman Lecture Series on Social Justice in Library and Information Science

This presentation will trace how Western technoculture employs technology and policy to codify racism. Black men and women become “Black technical objects” subject to brutal policing based upon informational practices derived from Western labor history, Jim Crow vagrancy laws, “broken windows” policing, hip hop, and more. Those beliefs have become codified into predictive policing and sentencing algorithms, leading to the dystopic conclusion that anti-blackness cannot be erased by "ethical" computing practices.

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The lecture is free and open to the general public. Please RSVP online.