Behind the Screens: Discriminatory Algorithms


On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 4pm – 8pm PDT, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at CSULB is hosting its fourth annual Behind the Screens virtual symposium that focuses on the dark side of technology. This year’s theme is discriminatory algorithms. The symposium will pose the following core questions:


► What are examples of discriminatory algorithms? ◄

 ► How and why does discrimination exist in technology? 

►  What can be done to counter discriminatory algorithms? 


Register FREE for our symposium on October 27, 2021 from 4pm - 8pm PDT on Zoom.

Algorithms are everywhere. They determine your Google search results, your Instagram feed, and your Netflix suggestions. These actions are convenient and, for the most part, harmless. But what happens when algorithms shape your future by creating your credit score, deciding on your loan applications, and assessing your job or rental eligibility? 

Algorithms are increasingly impacting all our lives, but some of us, particularly women, people of color, and people experiencing poverty, are made more vulnerable by algorithms. Behind the Screens: Discriminatory Algorithms identifies this pattern of technology discrimination and poses solutions to address it. Join us for a keynote lecture from Princeton’s Dr. Ruha Benjamin and an interactive algorithm audit led by Color Coded LA’s Chris Cuellar.

Event Agenda


4:00pm - 4:30pm Welcome with DJ CoolMiq

4:30pm - 5:00pm Introduction to Discriminatory Algorithms

5:00pm - 6:00pm Keynote Lecture by Dr. Ruha Benjamin

6:00pm - 7:15pm Design Sprint and Algorithmic Audit led by Chris Cuellar and team

7:15pm - 7:55pm Panel with Behnaz Farahi and Ana Trueba de Buen

7:55pm - 8:00pm Closing Remarks