We human beings are at a critical turning point in our politics, economics and social behavior, one that challenges our self-determined way of life, our opportunities for equality, justice and sustainability. Individual accomplishments in all of these arenas of human society are increasingly determined by technology — by programmed algorithms that gather and distribute data about us to government agencies, marketing interests, universities and corporate personnel departments — whether we like it or not, whether we agree with the methodology and process or not, whether it’s actually accurate or not.
In Coded Bias, filmmaker Shalini Kantayya reveals the pervasive extent to which our lives are influenced by a rather small group of highly skilled technocrats and coding pundits. There is little to no general knowledge about who they are and about how they operate — but there is plenty of evidence that the overwhelming majority of them are white and male. And, there is absolutely no regulation about how rapidly developing and ever expanding code that they write is used to influence human behavior and determine privilege. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN