Data for Black Lives

Previously on BlackLight, we’ve written about how modern technologies can impact people of color, particularly Black people, in ways that often serve to further oppress and/or marginalize them. However, a grassroots coalition called Data for Black Lives (D4BL) has been working to change that. Founded in 2017 by Yeshimabeit Milner,

“Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.” 

Just over a month ago, D4BL held its second annual conference, and kindly made recordings of their thought-provoking talks and discussions available on Youtube. Below, we list these videos in the order of the meeting agenda for easy reference, and provide links to the speakers’ Twitter (where available) or other relevant resources. You can also stay up to date by signing up at D4BL, or follow @Data4BlackLives on Twitter.

Yeshimabeit Milner, D4BL Founder & Executive Director
Keynote Address: Meredith Broussard


We are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For: Organizing for Algorithmic Accountability
Moderator: Yeshimabeit Milner
Panelists: Teresa Hodge, Joy Buolamwini, Rashida Richardson, Tamika Lewis


Abolition in the Age of Big Data
Moderator: Kade Crockford
Janae Bonsu, Marbre Stahly Butts, Laura Hanna, Laura Moy


Pain, Place, and Race
Michelle Morse
Panelists: Nneka Tapia,
Kindra Montgomery-Block, J. Phillip Thompson, Talila ‘TL’ Lewis


“The seas are rising but so are the people”: Data, Disaster & Collective Power
Colette Pichon Battle
Valencia Gunder, Denice Ross, Lisa Rice, Bina Venkataraman


Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Education Justice and Mathematics
Jamelle Watson-Daniels
Jitu Brown, Cliff Freeman, Nicole M. Joseph, Tarik Ward


Black People vs Robots: Reparations and Workers Rights in the Age of Automation
Jessica Fulton
Nicol Turner-Lee, Erica Smiley, Anne Price, Katrinell Davis


We Will Be Counted: the 2020 Census
Vann Newkirk
Maria Smith Dautruche, Angela Manso, Terri Ann Lowenthal

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