The producer and director of Coded Bias, Shalini Kantayya is a poster child for the Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) fundraising efforts. Westerners may not be immediately familiar with the Hindutva think tank cloaked in “janus faced multiculturalism” and its open links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an Indian right wing paramilitary organization. However, examining Kantayya’s ability to nationally fundraise for a fascist organization while simultaneously producing a film translating academic discourse around artificial intelligence to the mainstream, reveals the extent to which Hindutva have utilized liberal notions of bias as a trojan horse for their agenda.

I watched Coded…

Fired for Speaking Out Against Anti-Blackness and Ethnic Cleansing: Open Letter to Cornell Tech

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I was fired last week from Cornell Tech by Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Associate Professor Tapan Parikh for calling out South Asian anti-Blackness with a GIF and speaking out against ethnic cleansing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. My termination is part of a broader pattern in academia and industry of silencing Black scholars who speak out against injustice. …

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I support Dr. Timnit Gebru. I’ve had the good fortune to become friends with Timnit over the last several weeks as we’ve spent hours discussing the spread of mis/disinformation and hate speech on social media in Ethiopia. Our collaboration began with a frank conversation around the limitations of the AI ethics community. I felt she sincerely engaged with the critiques I raised about the representation politics in predominantly white institutions interpolating a handful of African elites as ambassadors of the Black American experience. …

A Response to Racial Categories of Machine Learning by Sebastian Benthall and Bruce Haynes

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Having one less than a half dozen kids, I had neither the time or financial resources to attend the recent Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (FAT* 19) in Atlanta, Georgia. Stumbling through Twitter, I discovered “Racial Categories in Machine Learning”, a paper co-authored by NYU Fellow Sebastian Benthall and UC Davis Sociology Professor Bruce D. Haynes. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry reading the breathtaking abstract claiming to “mitigate the root causes of social disparities” through “preceding group fairness interventions with unsupervised learning to dynamically detect patterns of segregation”. In one line, Benthall and Haynes circumvent the…

There is a direct link between the the mistreatment of immigrant children at the border by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and public indifference toward the systematic removal of African American and Hispanic children in New York City by the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS). Trump’s forcible separation of migrant families would not have been possible without the infrastructure developed over decades for a New Jane Crow that punishes children in the name of saving them. ACS is domestic ICE.

ACS on average removes 230+ children from their families every month.

June 2018 ACS Monthly Flash Report

More than 94% of these children are…

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Lost They Damn Mind (#DecolonizeThisPlace)

The first horror story of White supremacy I ever heard was not Get Out, it was Little Red Riding Hood. Nubile fair skinned Lolita straight outta Kansas, birthed into a forest by a benevolent narrator. Treading through a darkened forest, the red hooded virgin is blissfully unaware of the danger a big bad wolf brings. We tell this story to children, emphasizing the sound of leaves ominously crushed by a lurking wolf.

Swinging a picnic basket filled with wine and cake for her sick grandmother she greets the menacing beast when he approaches. He asks her to pick some flowers…

NYC Administration of Children’s Services spends 6 figures on calling NYPD

Monday August 21st, (now former) Daily News reporter, Shaun King released Part 1 of Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd precinct, Bronx DA and City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives. King has collated damning receipts of the systematic government sanctioned police violence that Black and Hispanic families in New York City have experienced for generations. That same day, the Administration of Children’s Services published an award of $157,864 to Alert Media for their “safety app”, SafeSignal. …

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