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Dorothy Vaughan Tech Symposium

  • SVC-212, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Recently, computer scientists have created new audio/video technologies with the potential to negatively impact women, who are all too often the target of harassment online. These new technologies are referred to as “deep fakes,” or computer-generated graphics that combine artificial intelligence with facial mapping and audio augmentation. We see more instances of this technology being applied for pernicious ends.

This event will spark discussions about emerging technologies and their impact on Black women and other marginalized communities. Specifically, this panel will discuss the spread of deep fake videos, algorithmic bias, and the potential harm that may impact our society. The panel of experts will include:

Dr. Safiya Noble

Author of Algorithms of Oppression


Dr. Joan Donovan

Director of the Technology & Social Change Project

at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government


Dr. Brandeis Marshall

Former Department Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science

at Spelman College


Dr. Mary Ann Franks

Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative


The Dorothy Vaughan Tech Symposium will take place on March 6, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Capitol Visitor Center (SVC 212-10). Please contact Christopher Cox at Christopher.Cox@mail.house.gov to RSVP, or should you have any additional questions.


Yvette D. Clarke

Member of Congress