Coded Bias

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial recognition software does not accurately identify the faces of darker-skinned individuals and women, she launches an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, AI is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

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Community Partners

  • New York Women in Film & Television
  • A-Doc
  • Studio ATAO
  • HRW


  • Shalini Kantayya
  • Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s CODED BIAS premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed for the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, executive produced by Ron Howard and broadcast globally in June 2017. Her debut film, CATCHING THE SUN, premiered at the LA Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
  • Producer

    • Shalini Kantayya
    • Sabine Hoffman
  • Cast

    • Joy Buolamwini
    • Cathy O’Neil
    • Meredith Broussard
    • Silkie Carlo
    • Virginia Eubanks

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