Coded Bias

(Coded Bias)

Joy is an African American computer expert. When a facial recognition program ignores her face, Joy decides to test its biases. She dons a white mask – and the program suddenly works.

The software was trained mainly with photos of white men, so it has a much harder time distinguishing a non-white woman's face. A hidden prejudice has crept into it, which in practice can even lead to the misidentification of criminal suspects. But the spectrum of digitised prejudices and their effects goes much further. Biased artificial intelligence can deny applicants the right to a mortgage, fire employees or expose citizens to arbitrary power. A group of activists, experts and victims of algorithmic bullying show how prejudices from the analogue world not only do not vanish with digitisation, but also slyly increase in scope and severity.

Impact

Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini has discovered deeply rooted prejudices in camera systems. These cameras often do not recognise people with darker skin or women, who are therefore automatically identified as potential threats. The film Coded Bias documents this issue, and is accompanied by an impact campaign in the form of a petition drawing attention to the fact that in today's world rights associated with data and their processing are a basic human right. In the Czech Republic, you can sign the My Face Belongs to Me petition. The Digital Freedom organisation is part of the international campaign #ReclaimYourFace, which aims to prevent the mass use of biometric surveillance.

About the film

Director: Shalini Kantayya
China, South Africa, UK, USA
2020 | 90 min.

Language: English

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

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Category

Connection Lost

Director

Shalini Kantayya

Filmography
2020 - Coded Bias
2015 - Catching the Sun
2007 - A Drop of Life

Shalini Kantayya

Screenings

12. 05. 20:00 Jeden svět živě: Stream
Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
DiscussionMeredith Broussard, protagonist

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