United States / United Kingdom / China 2020, 90 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
Millions of security cameras are tirelessly scanning the streets of London, New York, and other Western world cities, ever vigilant for suspicious persons who endanger the public. Algorithms, the AIs that detect potential lawbreakers living among us, also decide whether we can get a loan, get accepted into schools, or buy medical insurance. These algorithms are unfair, unethical, and unjust, and their biases are slowly chipping away at the public’s civil rights.
Joy Buolamwini, an MIT Media Lab researcher-turned-activist, leads a group of women in a fight for unprecedented legislation that would protect us from the biases she has faced. The personal stories she uncovers are a call to urgent action against systems that harm us all.
Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Previous Festivals: Sundance