Falling into Gratitude: Forbes 30 under 30, Ford Foundation Campaign, Federal Trade Commission Hearings, Cooper Gallery Debut

Joy Buolamwini
Nov 16, 2018 · 2 min read

As American Thanksgiving approaches, I have much to be grateful for. The week of November 11 has been especially kind to me. I was named as a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree on the Enterprise Technology list. As part of their #PublistInterestTech campaign, Ford Foundation released a video highlighting my MIT thesis findings on gender and racial bias in facial analysis technology from IBM, Microsoft, and Face++. I also had the honor of sharing my research findings and recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission during their 7th hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.


To end the week, I organized an outing for members of the Center for Civic Media (my academic home) and the Comparative Media Studies program, to view the gallery debut of “AI, Ain’t I A Woman?”. The piece is on display at the Cooper Gallery as part of the “Nine Moments for Now” exhibition curated by Dell Hamilton.

Being able to use my research to inform my art, galvanize change in the enterprise technology sector, and support advocacy against the discriminatory use and weaponization of AI has been immensely rewarding.

Most of all, I am grateful to be a part of a community that supports the blend of media, art, and science.

Civic Media Art Outing: Curator Dell Hamilton guides Civic Media members and friends through the Nine Moments for Now Exhibition on display at the Cooper Gallery. The exhibition features the gallery debut of “AI, Ain’t I A Woman?” -the first algorithmic audit as a spoken word poem produced with support from the Ford Foundation.

Joy Buolamwini
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