Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

 

About Safiya

As of Fall 2017, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble has joined the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is the co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute…   Read more

Safiya Umoja Noble

Chatbot mania and algorithms of oppression

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The Alt-Right Can’t Disown Charlottesville

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Is Pokémon Go racist? How the app may be redlining communities of color

PokéStops in communities of color suggest unconscious digital redlining within the game. Source: Is Pokémon Go racist? How the app may be redlining communities of...
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Snapchat under fire for ‘yellowface’ filter

This is the second time Snapchat has been criticized for racially insensitive filters. Source: Snapchat under fire for 'yellowface'...
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The Internet May Be as Segregated as a City

New research traces the divides in people's paths around the web. Source: The Internet May Be as Segregated as a...
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Google and the Misinformed Public

By Safiya U. Noble JANUARY 15, 2017 Digital media platforms like Google and Facebook may disavow responsibility for the results of their algorithms, but they can have tremendous — and disturbing — social effects. Racist and sexist bias, misinformation, and profiling...
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society: The Next Human Rights Issue of the 21st Century

This month, the United Nations will issue an investigative report on internet access in its ongoing commitment to arguing for free expression, particularly within the digital, as human right. I'm developing enhanced frameworks for thinking about the role of digital...
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2014 DigitalUndivided Conference at CUNY Graduate School – #Focus100

Today was an amazing day of meeting and hearing from African Americans in technology at Focus100 presented by DigitalUndivided. If you aren’t familiar with this conference, you can see the lineup of speakers. The morning started with Maxine Williams, the Global Head...
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“Missed Connections: What Search Engines Say About Women” (Spring 2012)

Here is an article I recently wrote for Bitch Magazine, which details the ways in which commercial search engines serve up problematic representations of women on the web. This work could be considered a the public press version of research I have been engaged in for...
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Google Search: Hyper-visibility as a Means of Rendering Black Women and Girls Invisible

Here is a recent article published in InVisible Culture, an electronic peer-reviewed journal of visual culture from the University of Rochester. The article explores the ways in which racialized and gendered identities are often misrepresented in commercial...
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A bright move to UCLA

I can’t express enough how thrilled I am to (hopefully) spend the rest of my career in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies…

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#staycritical and respond to the call that “Black Lives Matter”

It’s been a difficult year facing the crisis of brutality and watching images of unarmed African Americans being killed by law enforcement circulate in social media over and over.

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Invited Paper at the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2015

Recently, I went to Portland at the invitation of ACRL, to talk about my forthcoming book (NYU Press) on why we get misrepresentations…

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Rethinking the Innovation Economy: On #Connected Learning

In case you missed a stellar conversation today, we’ve got the web broadcast and Storify of tweets here. I truly enjoyed being a part of this amazing panel, as we thought through the complexities of the “creative economy” and innovation. This broadcast is the prequel...
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Personal Democracy Forum at NYU

This summer, I was invited to give a talk at the Personal Democracy Forum, featuring some of the most notable scholars, activists, media-makers, and technologists from around the world.

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Chatbot mania and algorithms of oppression

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The Alt-Right Can’t Disown Charlottesville

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Google and the Misinformed Public

By Safiya U. Noble JANUARY 15, 2017 Digital media platforms like Google and Facebook may disavow responsibility for the results of their algorithms, but they can have tremendous — and disturbing — social effects. Racist and sexist bias, misinformation, and profiling...
Read More

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society: The Next Human Rights Issue of the 21st Century

This month, the United Nations will issue an investigative report on internet access in its ongoing commitment to arguing for free expression, particularly within the digital, as human right. I'm developing enhanced frameworks for thinking about the role of digital...
Read More

Google and the Misinformed Public

By Safiya U. Noble JANUARY 15, 2017 Digital media platforms like Google and Facebook may disavow responsibility for the results of their algorithms, but they can have tremendous — and disturbing — social effects. Racist and sexist bias, misinformation, and profiling...
Read More

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society: The Next Human Rights Issue of the 21st Century

This month, the United Nations will issue an investigative report on internet access in its ongoing commitment to arguing for free expression, particularly within the digital, as human right. I'm developing enhanced frameworks for thinking about the role of digital...
Read More

Is Pokémon Go racist? How the app may be redlining communities of color

PokéStops in communities of color suggest unconscious digital redlining within the game. Source: Is Pokémon Go racist? How the app may be redlining communities of...
Read More

Snapchat under fire for ‘yellowface’ filter

This is the second time Snapchat has been criticized for racially insensitive filters. Source: Snapchat under fire for 'yellowface'...
Read More

The Internet May Be as Segregated as a City

New research traces the divides in people's paths around the web. Source: The Internet May Be as Segregated as a...
Read More

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