KU Libraries will host a presentation by Anna Lauren Hoffmann, assistant professor with the Information School at the University of Washington, titled “Data Violence: Dignity and Vulnerability Beyond Algorithmic Discrimination.” The event, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Watson Library, third floor West.
In the presentation, Hoffmann will look at the connections between big data, algorithms and automation, and the unjust distributions of rights, opportunities and material wealth. Hoffmann will explore the need to reckon with the symbolic and cultural violences extended and amplified by data-intensive technologies.
“We are excited to host Anna Lauren Hoffmann, as she is a pioneer in the area of data violence,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “This presentation will highlight the issues of fairness and bias in algorithmic systems, an important and ever-present subject for all students, researchers and scholars.”
Hoffmann’s research is situated at the intersections of data, technology, culture and ethics, and in particular, the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. Her work has appeared in various scholarly journals like New Media & Society, The Library Quarterly, First Monday and JASIST, as well as popular outlets including The Guardian, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Leah Hallstrom by March 12 at firstname.lastname@example.org.