Coded Bias is presented by Joy Buolamwini, an M.I.T. Media Lab researcher who has found several flaws in facial recognition technology. It all started when she realized that her phone’s software worked better when she wore a white mask. The documentary investigates the algorithms behind facial recognition and examines how the system’s bias affects people of color.
“It turned out these algorithms performed better with a light male face as the benchmark,” she says in the doc. “It did better on the male faces than the female faces, and lighter face better than darker faces.”
In addition to Buolamwini, Coded Bias also features appearances by Meredith Broussard, Silkie Carlo, Jenny Jones, Jim Jordan, Tranae Moran, Cathy O’Neil, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Webb and Mark Zuckerberg. The movie was directed by Shalini Kantayya (Catching the Sun).
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