Van Jones

Programming and Prejudice: Can Computers Be Racist?

Van Jones

Talk: Programming and Prejudice: Can Computers Be Racist?

Google’s Decoding Race Series - is the first step of a longer-term strategy - intended to inform and empower Googlers to have open and constructive conversations on race, and its intersections. After an initial discussion with Alphabet’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, panelists explore the unintentional identity abrasions users experience when accessing products, the roles and responsibilities of tech companies in addressing racial and gender bias in their products, and the critical role of cross-racial solidarity necessary to break down barriers. Panelists included Van Jones, Bradley Horowitz, Nancy Douyon, Anil Dash and Megan Rose Dickey.

Van Jones

Van Jones is an American activist, commentator, author and non-practicing attorney. He is a cofounder of several nonprofit organizations, including the Dream Corps, a "social justice accelerator" that operates three advocacy initiatives: #cut50, #YesWeCode and Green for All. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, both ranking as New York Times bestselling books.