RAISE Seminar: Michael Ekstrand
Friday, January 27, 2023 | 9 - 10 AM
Please join us for the weekly RAISE Seminar on Zoom. Our speaker, Dr. Michael Ekstrand of Boise State's Computer Science department, will be presenting:
"Equity and Discrimination in Information Access"
Ensuring that information access systems are “fair”, or that their benefits are equitably experienced by everyone they affect, is a complex, multi-faceted problem. Significant progress has been made in recent years on identifying and measuring important forms of unfair recommendation and retrieval, but there are still many ways that information systems can replicate, exacerbate, or mitigate potentially discriminatory harms that need careful study. These harms can affect different stakeholders — such as the producers and consumers of information, among others — in many different ways, including denying them access to the system's benefits, misrepresenting them, or reinforcing unhelpful stereotypes.
In this talk, Dr. Ekstrand will provide an overview of the landscape of fairness and anti-discrimination in information access systems, discussing both the state of the art in measuring relatively well-understood harms and new directions and open problems in defining and measuring fairness problems.