This talk discusses how the midterm election changed the appetite for tech accountability proposals within the House. Ms. Nkonde has been working with the office of Congresswoman Clarke on issues around algorithmic bias since 2013. However Clarke, who was voted as vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce, did not have the political capital to introduce bills which seek to reduce the harm by technological systems inflicted on women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. Nkonde is working with Clarke, media scholar Safiya Noble, sociologists Joan Donovan and Jessie Daniels and First Amendment scholar Mary Anne Franks, director of policy at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative to introduce the Deepfake Accountability Bill at the end June.
Mutale Nkonde is a policy adviser who works at the intersection of technology, race and policy. She started her tech career at national non profit, Black Girls CODE, where she acted as their Google liaison and she has been a frequent adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus of Women & Girls on tech issues. She is currently a fellow at Data & Society Research in New York City, where she is collaborating on a paper on racial literacy in technology with sociologist Jessie Daniels.
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