2021 - 2023
Code for Science and Society empowers communities to work together and build innovative technology for the public good. It envisions a future where research, data, and technology initiatives shift power to communities. The award provides flexible support to REAL ML (Research, Engagement, Advocacy, and Lived Experience in Machine Learning), a project of Code for Science and Society, whose mission is to connect a global interdisciplinary community of practitioners and researchers to translate algorithmic accountability research into real world interventions that benefit the public interest. It nurtures and mainstreams narratives and critiques rooted in equity and values of human rights, antiracism, anticolonialism, and feminism, with practices that center lived experience, participation, and social justice. REAL ML is primarily carried out through a variety of events and workshops that are meant to help the organization’s community members test ideas, develop research methods, and engage in shared learning to inform their work and that of the broader ecosystem.
Algorithmic Justice League
A project of Code for Science and Society, the mission of Algorithmic Justice League (AJL) is to raise public awareness about the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI), equip advocates with resources to bolster campaigns, build the voices and choice of the most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners to prevent AI harms. The organization envisions a world where data is not destiny, where algorithmic decisions do not choke opportunities, and where every day people have the knowledge and power to shape AI systems to prevent harm and enjoy the promise of AI. AJL has three areas of work: it engages in storytelling and creative communication to raise awareness about the impact of AI; it maintains the Harms Reporting Tool which aims to capture people’s listed experiences with AI harms, connect them with resources, and identify areas where there are no or few resources; and it advocates for protocols and federal and industry practices that prevent future AI harms and works to ensure that people and communities who have experienced AI harms are acknowledged and seek redress. The award provides flexible support to AJL to advance the organization’s work.
Code for Science and Society empowers communities to work together and build innovative technology for the public good. It envisions a future where research, data, and technology initiatives shift power to communities. The award supports a REAL ML (Research, Engagement, Advocacy and Lived Experience in Machine Learning) event focused on generative AI. The purpose of the event is to explore the sociotechnical dimensions of generative AI and discuss advocacy and research interventions to safeguard human rights and social justice concerns in the use of generative AI.
Code for Science & Society empowers communities to work together and build innovative technology for the public good. It envisions a future where research, data, and technology initiatives shift power to communities. The award supports the 2022 REAL ML (Research, Engagement, Advocacy and Lived Experience in Machine Learning) virtual workshop in December 2022 that convenes experts from data science and advocacy to journalism and beyond to work on live projects addressing technology accountability and algorithmic justice issues. The workshop is an opportunity to connect disparate researchers engaged in similar research approaches and topics to advance methods and knowledge, while also forming stronger ties and networks.
The Distributed AI Research Institute
A project of Code for Science & Society, the Distributed AI Research Institute (The DAIR Institute) is a new organization that produces interdisciplinary artificial intelligence (AI) research for the benefit of marginalized communities around the world, with a focus on the needs of Black people who are often the most marginalized within the United States and globally. Working in partnership with marginalized communities, researchers at The DAIR Institute both build AI technologies that positively impact Black people and other marginalized groups and create approaches and practices for critically examining AI technologies to identify and mitigate harms. The DAIR Institute seeks to produce research that not only will help transform the AI field, but also will be accessible and useable for advocates and community-based groups addressing AI's impact on Black people and other marginalized groups. In addition to conducting research, The DAIR Institute hosts workshops and events to help advance its mission. The award provides flexible support to The DAIR Institute to be used across all aspects of its operations.