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CITP Seminar: Christian Sandvig

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


306 Sherrerd Hall
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Talk information: TBA


Christian Sandvig is a visiting professor at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) this academic year. While at IAS, he will work on a book project about the ethics and consequences of algorithmic filtering and machine learning used within online platforms.

Sandvig is a faculty member at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He specializes in the implications of information technology for society. He co-directs the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC). His current research focuses on the implications of algorithmic systems that filter and curate culture. Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University. Sandvig’s research has been covered by The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, National Public Radio, CBS News, and other media outlets. His own writing appears in Wired and The Guardian. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. He has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, and the San Francisco Public Library.

He has committed his career to ensuring that computer technologies, digital media infrastructures, and artificial intelligences are just and ethical. His research about civil rights and discrimination online has been cited by the US Supreme Court (2021) and the Obama White House (2016). He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and software developer in addition to his experience in government and academia.