01. April 2021

Digital Humanism Lecture Series

(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism

(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (CET)

The next event of TU Vienna's Digital Humanism lecture series will tackle the question of (gender) diversity and inclusion in the field. Digital Humanism is ‘focused on ensuring that technology development remain centered on human interests’. This panel focuses on ‘which humans’, and how different voices and interests can and should be included in the development and application of digital technologies. 

The panelists are:

Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
Jeanne Lenders (European Commission)
Hinda Haned (Janssen Biologics, The Netherlands)
Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics | The Alan Turing Institute, UK)
Erin Young (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Moderator: Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam and Utrecht University) 


Sally Wyatt will examine how the inclusion of women in computer science and related fields has declined over the past 50 years. She will argue that including women is partly a matter of social justice, of providing women with access to interesting and well paid jobs. Further, it is a matter of epistemic justice, including women’s perspectives and experiences could lead to better and more inclusive technologies. 

Jeanne Lenders will explain how the Commission is stepping up efforts for gender equality in research and innovation, including on women’s participation in STEM and the integration of gender perspectives into research and innovation content. She will highlight the strengthened provisions for gender equality in Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and showcase examples of the Commission’s ‘Gendered Innovations’ Expert Group. 

Hinda Haned, will discuss different definitions of bias, and bias mitigation through so-called “fairness algorithms”. Drawing from practical examples, she will argue that the most fundamental question we are facing as researchers and practitioners, is not how to fix bias with new technical solutions, but whether we should be designing and deploying potentially harmful automated systems in the first place. 

Judy Wajcman and Erin Young will discuss the gender job gap in AI. The fields of artificial intelligence and data science have exploded as the world is increasingly being built around smart machines and automated systems. Yet the people whose work underpins that vision are far from representative of the society those systems are meant to serve. Their report shows the extent of gender disparities in careers, education, jobs, seniority, status and skills in the AI and data science fields. They argue that fixing the gender job gap in AI is not only a fundamental issue of economic equality, but also about how the world is designed and for whom. 

Prof. Lynda Hardman (http://www.cwi.nl/~lynda/) is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, (https://www.cwi.nl) and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She is the director of Amsterdam Data Science (http://amsterdamdatascience.nl), a network organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region. She is the European director of LIAMA (http://liama.ia.ac.cn), a research collaboration since 1997 between INRIA (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 


To participate via Zoom go to: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96389928143?pwd=UU5YRkNuRmdoWHV4MFBwMWRCcUErdz09(Password: 0dzqxqiy) 

The talk will be live streamed and recorded on the following YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/digitalhumanism

For further announcements and information about the speakers in the Lecture Series, see https://dighum.ec.tuwien.ac.at/news-events


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