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Workshops & seminars

Patterns of Power: A Crash Course in Algorithms & Society

Date and time
Date & time

November 19, 2019
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Room LB-205
J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Sir George Williams Campus



Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible



Concordia University Library


Jasia Stuart
514-848-2424 ext. 7733

Machine Learning. Algorithms. Artificial Intelligence. These days, tech buzzwords abound. But what do they mean? How do they work? And, in what ways do these technologies influence our everyday life?
Join us for the 2-hour crash course as we explore the meanings behind these buzzwords, their inner workings and societal impacts, and the steps being taken – locally and around the world—to advocate for transparency and human rights within modern technology. In the hands-on portion of the workshop we’ll build our own machine learning predictive model from real-world data and see how biases are introduced.
This is an introductory workshop, with no coding or other pre-requisites. Please bring a laptop or sign one out from the Loans and Returns desk.
Presenters: Christine F. Smith is a Collection Services Librarian at Concordia University Library. Research interests centre on information and data ethics.
Francisco Berrizbeitia, Developer for the Concordia University Library. Works with machine learning, text mining and open data.
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