Alaskans address violence against Asian Americans and racial bias in tech | Alaska Insight

Racial bias permeates government policy and justice systems. It’s also ubiquitous in the technology that we engage with on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence uses data to make predictions about who we are and what we’ll most likely do. That bias can gradually find its way into other parts of our lives and manifest violently, as we’ve seen with the recent attacks against Asian Americans in the U.S.

Lori Townsend discusses Coded Bias, a documentary about inherent bias in algorithms, and how to combat harmful stereotypes and racism with University of Alaska Anchorage professors Kenrick Mock and E.J.R. David and community organizer Lynette Pham.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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