Bias in AI Reading Group


TDAI hosts monthly informal gatherings to discuss publications addressing racial and gender bias in algorithms and automated decision-making technologies. Led by Dr. Nancy Ettlinger (geography) and held the last Thursday of the month, the free-ranging conversations explore societal ramifications and implications for researchers, educators and students.

All OSU faculty, staff and students are welcome.

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Suggest a title to read and discuss (opens a shared Excel list)


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Our next selection will be The Black Technical Object: On Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being by Ramon Amaro (Sternberg Press, 2022).

Book Cover: The Black Technical Object by Ramon Amaro

Next Meeting: Thursday, Apr. 27, 4-5 p.m., Derby 1186

Please email Nancy Ettlinger at for a Zoom Link for the meeting, or for a copy of this month's text.

Previous Selections



A still image from the documentary Coded Bias
Dr. Joy Buolamwini in "Coded Bias," a film directed by Shalini Kantayya (2020). A TDAI-hosted watch party of the film prompted the formation of the Bias in AI reading group.





(In descending order of most recent reads)

Uncomputable: Play and Politics in the Long Digital Age by Alexander Galloway (Verso, 2021).

"Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America," by Joan Donovan (New York: Bloomsbury, 2022).

Louise Amoore, Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others (Duke University Press, 2020).

Dan McQuillan, Resisting AI: An Anti-facist Approach to Artificial Intelligence (Bristol University Press, 2022). Click here for a PDF of the book

Wendy Chun, Discriminating Data: Correlation, Neighborhoods, and the New Politics of Recognition (MIT Press, 2021).

Sarah Brayne, "The Criminal Law and law enforcement implications of big data." Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 14:293-308, October 2018.

Brian Jefferson, "Digitize and punish: computerized crime mapping and racialized carceral power in Chicago." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 35, Issue 5: 775–796, March 2017.

Brian Christian, The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values (W.W. Norton & Co., 2020).

Caroline Criado Perez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (Abrams Press, 2019).

Catherine D'Ignazio and Laura F. Klein< Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020).

Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018).