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[VIDEO] Future is Now Keynote & Equity in Biomedicine Seminar | “The intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology”

Watch a recording of the next Equity in Biomedicine seminar with Safiya Noble (UCLA) with opening remarks from Todd Golub and hosted by Anne Carpenter. This talk was co-sponsored by Women@Broad's Future is Now Symposium.

Future is Now Symposium & Equity in Biomedicine Seminar Series

“The intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology”

Watch a recording:

Search engines have increasingly become advertising agents for big companies. Thus, search results have inherent biases in what gets prioritized for whom. In this conversation, Safiya Noble and Anne Carpenter explored questions like: what does it mean when large companies have enormous influence on public knowledge? What are the consequences of these tensions between industry and public good? What is the interplay between big tech and biomedical science? How do we make sure biomedical research, particularly those relying on machine learning methods, is equitably beneficial to all? As technologies increasingly drive major decision-making, how can we make sure to enact civil and human rights protections to build a fairer and more just data-driven society? Opening remarks from Todd Golub and hosted by Anne Carpenter. 


About the speaker

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the co-founder and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and has been appointed as a commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance. Dr. Noble is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.


About the Future is Now Symposium

The Future is Now Symposium is hosted by Women@Broad, to educate, inform, and inspire the Broad community. The Symposium kicked off on February 11, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and spans through the end of March, Women’s History Month. Symposium events have focused on health disparities, inequities for BIPOC, what it is like to be a minority in STEM, and more. Learn more about the symposium and Women@Broad at


About the Equity in Biomedicine Seminar Series (EBM) 

EMB is an institute-wide interactive meeting that focuses on critical issues related to equity and representation in biomedical research, especially as it applies to genomics research and precision medicine. Speakers dive into the equal or unequal social implications of their work: Who is affected? How are they affected? Why? The overall goal of this series is to foster discussions about equity and inspire Broad scientists and trainees to reflect on the social impact of their own research.

The EBM series is sponsored by the IDEA Office; each event in the series is presented by one or more Broad scientific groups in collaboration with Shades@Broad and the organizing committee. Current members of the organizing committee include Mireille Kamariza, Alham Saadat, Namrata Sengupta, Patrick Turley, Alex Bloemendal, and Bronwyn MacInnis. For more information about the EBM series or to nominate a future seminar speaker, contact Mireille Kamariza.