May 6 – 16, 2021

Coded Bias — FREE Indie Lens Pop-up Virtual Screening 3/2/21!

Join us on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00pm for another free Indie Lens Pop-Up event: a virtual screening of Coded Bias, followed by a moderated panel discussion! PBS North Carolina, together with RiverRun and the State Library North Carolina, proudly present this exclusive screening opportunity. You must register in advance for this event via the link here: RSVP via this link for the screening.

About the film: In this upcoming episode from the acclaimed PBS documentary series Independent Lens, we follow MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini on her journey after she discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces. Buolamwani delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence (AI) is not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.

Engagement throughout the post-film panel discussion is encouraged and you will be able to ask questions via the chat feature. We will make every attempt to get to all questions submitted. You must register in advance for access to the screening link.

RiverRun’s Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.