Technology & Tools Track: Unpacking AI’s influence in your community

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Kate Kaye of RedTail; Lauren Kirchner of independent journalist; Jonathan Stray of Columbia Journalism School
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Many companies are already using AI technology to shape our everyday life, but what about our most trusted community institutions? This panel will unpack how AI is being deployed and adapted by your local institutions from the police to courts to news outlets and more.

You'll hear how to build a new beat on AI ethics if it's a new subject for you, and then you'll learn the basics of algorithmic accountability reporting — including where to look for stories, and how to collect and analyze your own data.

Speaker Bios

  • Kate Kaye (@LowbrowKate and @RedTailAI) is an award-winning journalist who covers AI and Tech Ethics for her site RedTailMedia.org and other publications. She wrote the book "Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media," tracking how political organizations use data and targeting. Kate spent most of her 20-year reporting career in NYC and has discussed her work with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition, Bob Garfield on On the Media and John Stossel on Fox’s Stossel.

  • Lauren Kirchner (@lkirchner) is an independent investigative reporter. She previously worked at ProPublica, where she was part of the team of reporters and programmers who were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism in 2016 for their "Machine Bias" series of algorithmic accountability reporting.

  • Jonathan Stray is a computational journalist at Columbia university, where he teaches the dual masters degree in computer science and journalism and leads the development of Workbench, an integrated tool for data journalism. 

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