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Monday, March 10 • 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Filters, Bias, & Collaboration

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Learn how to track individual and collective bias. Participants will learn more about how these biases work, tools that can track and recognize bias, and how to address bias, whether it is in hiring and selection practices, survey design, or media consumption.
Our workshop will work together to define bias, in theory and practice, and discuss how to measure it, recognizing that bias exists, whether its based on experience, pattern recognition, indoctrination or other factors. We’ll offer recent case studies and showcase a few of the latest tools that use design and data to monitor bias and expose the filters that limit access to a diverse network. We’ll share what we’ve learned from collaborating to build FollowBias, a tool that tracks the gender of who you follow on Twitter.
We are also very eager to incorporate the knowledge and experiences of our participants prior to as well as during the workshop. If you have a case study or tool you’d like to share in advance, please email us at SXSWBiasWorkshop@gmail.com. After sharing best practices, we’ll work in small groups to try out these tools in a role-playing scenario. We'll then re-assemble and share what we’ve discovered with others who are interested in monitoring, measuring, and altering our biases.
- An appreciation that we are all biased---and we can all do better, individually and collectively.
What to Bring:
- If possible, please bring a laptop (unless its heavy), smartphone or tablet. Participants can share with each other as needed.

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J Nathan Matias

Research AsstMIT Media LabJ. Nathan Matias collaborates on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. He's a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet... Read More →
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Sarah Szalavitz

CEO7RobotSARAH SZALAVITZ is the founder and CEO of 7Robot, a social design firm. 7Robot works with brands, studios, and platforms to transform their businesses, build cross platform communities and systems that optimize choice and foster participation. Meshing behavioral economics... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 3:30pm - 6:00pm
AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 106 1900 University Ave

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