Bias^2 Seminar: Rashida Richardson, Rutgers / German Marshall Fund


Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:30pm to 2:45pm


Zoom Webinar

Moderated by Isabel Fulcher.


Government Data Practice as Necropolitics and Racial Arithmetic

Abstract: In Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice, Richardson argued that policing practices and policies shape the environment and the methodology by which data is create and raises the risk of creating inaccurate, skewed, or systemically biased data, known as "dirty data." In this talk, she will expand her analysis of what drives "dirty data" issues in government datasets and the racialized outcomes produced. Richardson interrogates the ways in which the collection, use, and public reporting of data on people of color in public health and policing both follow and amplify racial logics of control and oppression. The talk is based off of Richardon's essay: Government Data Practices as Necropolitics and Racial Arithmetic.

Rashida Richardson is a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers Law School and Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law, where she specializes in race, emerging technologies and the law, and she is a Senior Fellow in the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund. Rashida researches the social and civil rights implications of data driven technologies, including artificial intelligence, and develops policy interventions and regulatory strategies regarding data driven technologies, government surveillance, racial discrimination, and the technology sector. Rashida has previously worked on a range of civil rights issues as the Director of Policy Research at New York University’s AI Now Institute, Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New York (NYCLU), and staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy. Rashida currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship, Advisory Board for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and she is an affiliate and Advisory Board member of the Center for Critical Race + Digital Studies. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

This event is part of our Bias^2 Series