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When: Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm

This is an online event via Zoom. A link will be provided upon registration.


The Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication presents

Discriminating Data

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media
Simon Fraser University

This lecture will explore how polarization is a goal—not an error—within current practices of predictive data analysis and machine learning for these methods encode segregation, eugenics, and identity politics through their default assumptions and conditions. Correlation, which grounds big data’s predictive potential, stems from twentieth-century eugenic attempts to “breed” a better future. Recommender systems foster angry clusters of sameness through homophily. Users are “trained” to become authentically predictable via a politics and technology of recognition. These predictive programs thus seek to disrupt the future by making disruption impossible.

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