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Combating Human Bias in Tech through CS Ed via EdSurge

I came across this article from EdSurge (by authors Ariam Mogos and Laura McBain) that talks about the importance of reshaping computer science education in order to combat human bias in tech, and it provides some important points and discussion prompts that could be shared with students, colleagues and administrators. 

I'm sharing a few quotes that stand out to me:

"However computing skills are not enough; we need to equip our young people with knowledge, skills and moral courage to design equitable tech that dismantles existing power dynamics, protects non-dominant groups, represents everyone and prioritizes the well-being of society."

 

"As CS and technology educators we have helped create dozens of spaces for young people to tinker with technology for over a decade. Reflecting back on that time span, we can’t help but wonder how many young people graduated from those spaces capable of building a new bot, but incapable of recognizing their own biases."

 

"Prioritizing racial literacy means we must acknowledge how white supremacy has been ingrained into technology and collectively recognize that tech has not been neutral and that it has the power to harm."

 

"Our budding technologists should iteratively evaluate their creations and ask themselves:

  • Am I creating this based on my own lived experience and expecting others who are different from me to use it?
  • Who benefits, who is being harmed or who is left out from the technology?
  • Whose stories is this dataset telling? Whose stories is this dataset leaving out? What was the historical context when this dataset was produced?
  • What don’t I know? Who should I ask and learn with?
  • I can design this but should I? What are the implications that need to be considered?"

 

"Guiding [young people] to channel this inspiration into design practices which shift the power dynamics in technology across race, gender, ability and culture can make our technologies profoundly more equitable."

 

Here's the direct link again to the article -- I definitely recommend checking it out!

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