Withstand the praise and the prison of expectations. Withdraw the temptation to mold yourself into who they thought you should be. Remember the doctor who told your worried mother, a PhD for this child is out of reach. Remember not because they were wrong, but because their eyes were too…


Dear Simone Biles,

Generating Outstanding Awareness Tenaciously! This week the world witnessed a great skill: The Biles Refusal — executed by saying no to golden promises to say yes to priceless health — delivered with grace. Thank you for your life affirming example. You are courage personified. 🔥🔥🔥

Your actions…


Safe Face Pledge Logo Fades

The Algorithmic Justice League (AJL) and the Center on Technology & Privacy at Georgetown Law are announcing the sunset of the Safe Face Pledge. The 2018 Safe Face Pledge was a historic initiative designed to prohibit lethal use and lawless police use of facial analysis technology, as well as to…


‘Achievement and acclaim, we have learned many times over, do not provide immunity to racism, sexism, misogynoir, intimidation, censorship, or haterade’

Joy Buolamwini (Poet of Code), Dr. Timnit Gebru, and Deborah Raji receive the 2020 EFF Pioneer Award. See full acceptance remarks here https://youtu.be/ZVzldpfEhpk?t=7334

Dr. Timnit Gebru, a leading A.I. researcher, was let go from her job at Google earlier this week. This response is written by Joy Buolamwini, the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, a group focused on equitable and accountable A.I.

Before the headlines, the covers, the blockbuster papers, the awards


The Algorithmic Justice League commends IBM’s decision to stop providing general purpose facial recognition technologies, and calls for next steps: systematic change requires resources. IBM should lead its industry peers, and each company should commit to provide at least one million dollars to support racial justice in the tech sector.


An urgent letter from the Algorithmic Justice League

re(Sisters) Unite. Photo: $han

The Algorithmic Justice League is an organization that combines art and research to illuminate the social implications and harms of artificial intelligence. Our mission is to raise public awareness about the impacts of A.I., equip advocates with empirical research to bolster campaigns, build the voice and choice of most impacted…


Pressure on the neck,

protests in the streets,

people standing up,

people shouting down,

rest cannot be found

when the system pulls the trigger

then asks you to be bigger.

Peace will not abound when cries of pain meet tears of gas,

when civil demands for life meet rubber…


Thank you Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and committee members for the opportunity to testify today.

I am an algorithmic bias researcher based at MIT. I’ve conducted studies showing some of the largest recorded gender and skin type biases in AI systems sold by companies including IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon.


Today my op-ed on racial and gender bias in facial analysis and recognition technology was published by TIME magazine. Again, I highlighted that Amazon like their peers demonstrated racial and gender bias in the Amazon Rekogntion gender classification feature we audited in August 2018. We did this audit months after…


Update: “ Twenty-six researchers, including Yoshua Bengio, a recent winner of the Turing Award, the industry’s highest honor, called for Amazon to stop selling its Rekognition AI service to police departments in a post on Wednesday. Bengio was joined by Anima Anandkumar, a former principal scientist at Amazon’s cloud division…

Joy Buolamwini

Founder Algorithmic Justice League. www.ajl.org | www.poetofcode.com | Telling stories that make daughters of diasporas dream and sons of privilege pause

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