Safiya Umoja Noble
Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble received a BA (1995) from California State University at Fresno and an MS (2009) and PhD (2012) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Noble has been affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles since 2014, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Gender Studies and Department of African American Studies and holds affiliate appointments in the School of Education and Information Studies.
Noble is a 2021 MacArthur Fellows. In 2020, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from the iSchool Alumni Association (ISAA), and is also the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award winner from the Illinois Alumni Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
We have more data and technology than ever, and we have more economic and social injustice to go with it. What if we thought of data in more complex ways that reveal how it is used for racial profiling, digital redlining, and practices that undermine civil and human rights? What if we questioned unlimited access to personal identifiable information being bought and sold in a 24/7 marketplace? How will we undo the making of autonomous AI systems that threaten life on the planet? How do unregulated technologies concentrate wealth in the hands of a few at the expense of the 99 percent? These are some the big questions we must grapple with immediately if we want to see more freedom, more democracy, and more humanity for the generations to come.
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