Through Year of Data and Society events, the University of Pittsburgh will foster community, collaboration, and conversation around the societal, ethical, and political implications of data. We invite you to consider contributing a proposal to support a Year of Data and Society event (or other activity) through the Funding Opportunity.

This page will be updated with events throughout the Year of Data and Society. You can also find Year of Data and Society events listed on the University calendar.

Fall 2021 Events

Social Justice and Tech Reading Group

November 12, 12-1pm: Discussion of Data Feminism

Please join us for a discussion of Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein's Data Feminism. D'Ignazio and Klein frame "data feminism" as "a way of thinking about data, both their uses and their limits, that is informed by direct experience, by a commitment to action, and by intersectional feminist thought. The starting point for data feminism is something that goes mostly unacknowledged in data science: power is not distributed equally in the world." This reading group follows a presentation by Catherine D'Ignazio on November 5, part of the Year of Data and Society programming.  Participants in the reading group meeting will be invited to offer their reflections on the presentation and discuss it further in this informal setting. Data Feminism is open access -- you find and read it on the MIT Press site!

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City of Pittsburgh, Autonomous Vehicles, and Public Trust: A Forbes Corridor Colloquia Session

November 18; 4-5pm ; Virtual

Join the Forbes Corridor Colloquia for a session about the City of Pittsburgh’s evolving relationship with local autonomous vehicle research centers and developers. 

Please join us for a discussion on how the City protects citizens’ wellbeing. We will explore how this relationship garners trust between developers, researchers, and the citizens of Pittsburgh.  In this session, we will ask how the city ensures safety for all parties with ongoing research and development on Pittsburgh streets.

FEATURING: Erin Clark, Policy Analyst, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh and Kimberly Lucas, Acting Director, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh

This event is part of the Forbes Corridor Colloquia, which is hosted by Pitt Cyber, the Institute for Writing Excellence in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, and the Sara Fine Institute in the School of Computing and Information. The Forbes Corridor Colloquia brings together faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students from across various disciplines at Pitt and CMU as we consider near and long-term influences of advancing technology on humanity.

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CAASI Allegheny County Policing Project

Presented by Sera Linardi and CAASI Grief to Action team

November 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Virtual

Did you know that there are about 130 police departments in Allegheny County, each with its own contracts governing police-government-citizen interactions? This talk will discuss how the Grief to Action initiative at the Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation (CAASI) spent the year after the summer of 2020 building a data platform to navigate this hyperfragmentation of policing. Led by GSPIA & SCI students, our volunteer team created a platform with a searchable library of almost 100 police contracts, an interactive map of Allegheny County police departments, and a guide to help citizens navigate the complexity of filing misconduct complaints.

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