On March 14th the Open Technology Initiative and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights hosted a discussion about the impact of Big Data on communities of color. Panelists presented a set of civil and human rights principles of which Center for Media Justice, representing MAG-Net as part of the Civil Rights Table was involved in crafting. Below you'll find additional information about the event as well as participants.

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How will new, innovative technologies benefit all individuals and help alleviate social and economic inequalities? As the urge to collect and categorize vast quantities of data about our digital behavior becomes more widespread, big data presents new opportunities and profound challenges for individuals' civil liberties and civil rights, and especially for communities of color, women, and other historically disadvantaged groups.

In this panel, leading organizers and advocates discussed how fairness and justice figure into considerations of personal privacy and predictive analytics. Panelists presented a set of civil and human rights principles to guide legal and ethical thinking about safeguards and best practices. They discussed high-tech profiling, automated computer decision systems, digital due process, access and control over personal data, and problems of inaccurate or incomplete big data.

Kevin Bankston, Director of Policy – Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
Hazeen Ashby, Legislative Director for Research and Policy – National Urban League
Chris Calabrese, Legislative Director – American Civil Liberties Union
Jason T. Lagria Senior Staff Attorney- Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director – ColorOfChange

Corrine Yu, Managing Policy Director – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Senior Research Fellow – Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation


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