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November 5, 2021

Year of Data and Society Web Story: Denaturalizing the Algorithm with Mimi Ọnụọha

Learn about featured Year of Data and Society speaker Mimi Ọnụọha in this story by Amanda Dibando Awanjo (Ph.D. Student in the Department of English at Pitt).

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November 5, 2021

Event Recording: Data Feminism with Catherine D'Ignazio

On November 5, we were joined by Catherine D’Ignazio, co-author of the acclaimed Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2019). In her talk, D’Ignazio asked: Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind?  She provided us with an introduction to data feminism, a way of thinking about data science and its communication that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought.

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October 27, 2021

Event Recording: A Usable Past for a Democratic Future: How Looking Backward Can Help Us Navigate the Digital Revolution, with Lizzie O'Shea

On October 27, lawyer and researcher Lizzie O'Shea virtually visited Pitt and reminded us that "making technology is a human activity, and the technological problems we face are human problems." Her talk called upon historians, sociologists, archaeologists, attorneys, and others to contribute to shaping the digital future in order to "make technology work for the many, not the few." 

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October 21, 2021

Event Recording: The Hair in the Cable: A Year of Data and Society Event with Mimi Ọnụọha

On October 21, we virtually welcomed artist and researcher Mimi Ọnụọha to Pitt. Ọnụọha's work explores on the power dynamics and social relationships behind data collection. In this rich discussion, Ọnụọha shared examples of her recent work, including Natural: or Where Are We Allowed To Be and These Networks In Our Skin

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October 8, 2021

Event Recording: Advancing UNICEF's Mission Through Data

In this Year of Data and Society conversation, Andy Rhodes  (SCI BSIS), CIO of UNICEF USA, discussed how UNICEF USA uses data to inform and carry out its international mission of supporting children and defending their rights. He profiled examples of the use of data in UNICEF initiatives, including its humanitarian and COVID-19 responses.  

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September 21, 2021

Event Recording: Applying Racial Equity Awareness in Data Visualization, with Jonathan Schwabish & Alice Feng

We welcomed 100 attendees on September 21 to Jonathan Schwabish & Alice Feng's session "Applying Racial Equity Awareness in Data Visualization." Schwabish and Feng, the authors of Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization (Urban Institute, 2021), introduced strategies for how data scientists, researchers, and data communicators can take a more purposeful DEI approach to their work. Watch the recording of their Year of Data and Society talk!

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September 9, 2021

Year of Data and Society Web Story: Kickoff conversation zeroes in on connecting Black-owned businesses, students

On September 8, the 412Connect Project Team kicked off the Year of Data and Society programming with a presentation on their work to connect  students with local Black-owned businesses (BOB). Read Briana Wipf's (Ph.D. student in Literature) coverage on this event and important project! 

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September 8, 2021

Event Recording: 412Connect Presentation

On September 8, the 412Connect Project Team gave a virtual session on their work. The 412Connect project "increase[s] the visibility of Pittsburgh underrepresented communities, such as Black-owned businesses (BOBs), in local universities." Learn about their project by viewing the recording!