TU Wien Informatics

(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism

  • By Claudia Vitt (edt.)
  • 2021-04-13
  • Public Lecture
  • Women in Informatics
  • Social Responsibility

This panel focuses on how different voices and interests can be included in the development and application of digital technologies.

(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism

  • This event takes place online.
    See description for details.

(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism

Panel discussion with Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), Jeanne Lenders (European Commission), Hinda Haned (Janssen Biologics, The Netherlands), Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics | The Alan Turing Institute, UK), and Erin Young (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)

Moderator: Lynda Hardman (CWI – Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam and Utrecht University)

Abstracts

Sally Wyatt will examine how the inclusion of women in computer science and related fields has declined over the past 50 years. She will argue that including women is partly a matter of social justice, of providing women with access to interesting and well paid jobs. Further, it is a matter of epistemic justice, including women’s perspectives and experiences could lead to better and more inclusive technologies.

Jeanne Lenders will explain how the Commission is stepping up efforts for gender equality in research and innovation, including on women’s participation in STEM and the integration of gender perspectives into research and innovation content. She will highlight the strengthened provisions for gender equality in Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and showcase examples of the Commission’s ‘Gendered Innovations’ Expert Group.

Hinda Haned will discuss different definitions of bias, and bias mitigation through so-called “fairness algorithms”. Drawing from practical examples, she will argue that the most fundamental question we are facing as researchers and practitioners, is not how to fix bias with new technical solutions, but whether we should be designing and deploying potentially harmful automated systems in the first place.

Judy Wajcman and Erin Young will discuss the gender job gap in AI. The fields of artificial intelligence and data science have exploded as the world is increasingly being built around smart machines and automated systems. Yet the people whose work underpins that vision are far from representative of the society those systems are meant to serve. Their report shows the extent of gender disparities in careers, education, jobs, seniority, status and skills in the AI and data science fields. They argue that fixing the gender job gap in AI is not only a fundamental issue of economic equality, but also about how the world is designed and for whom.

Online Event

To participate, go to the following link, Password: 0dzqxqiy.

All talks will be streamed and recorded on the Digital Humanism YouTube channel. For announcements and slides see the website.

About the Series

Digital humanism deals with the complex relationship between man and machine. It acknowledges the potential of Informatics and IT. At the same time, it points to related apparent threats such as privacy violations, ethical concerns with AI, automation, and loss of jobs, and the ongoing monopolization on the Web. The Corona crisis has shown these two faces of the accelerated digitalization—we are in a crucial moment in time.

For this reason, we started a new initiative—DIGHUM lectures—with regular online events to discuss the different aspects of Digital Humanism. We will have a speaker on a specific topic (30 minutes) followed by a discussion of 30 minutes every second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM CEST. This crisis does seriously affect our mobility, but it also offers the possibility to participate in events from all over the world—let’s take this chance to meet virtually.