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Center for Latinx Digital Media Virtual Seminar Series - Prof. J. Nathan Matias (Cornell University)

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Center for Latinx Digital Media  

Group: Center for Latinx Digital Media

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Category: Academic


Throughout the academic year, the Center for Latinx Digital Media invites you to a series of weekly seminars held over Zoom on Thursdays. You can now register (click here) to the upcoming seminar of the Winter 2022 quarter, happening on Thursday, January 27, at 12-1 PM US CT. Professor J. Nathan Matias (Cornell University) will give a presentation entitled “Governing Runaway Catastrophes of Human and Algorithm Behavior.

Abstract: How can we predict and govern runaway patterns in human and algorithm behavior? These feedback loops can escalate violence, spread prejudice, and cause public safety crises. They are also central to the success of social movements and wider efforts at social change. This talk will introduce the importance of human-algorithm feedback for social justice, describe how social and computer science might help, and share stories of community scientists and activists who are already making a difference.

Dr. J. Nathan Matias organizes citizen behavioral science for a safer, fairer, more understanding internet. A Guatemalan-American, Nathan is an assistant professor in the Cornell University Department of Communication and Information Science. Nathan leads the Citizens and Technology Lab, which works alongside the public to advanced evidence-based technology policy and accountability.

This event is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the Center for Global Culture and Communication, the Department of Radio/Television/Film, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Latina and Latino Studies Program.

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