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Protecting Civil Rights in the Face of AI

 |  April 30, 2024

By: Nicol Turner-Lee, Reneé Cummings & Lisa Rice (Brookings Tech Tank)

In today’s digital era, artificial intelligence (AI) pervades various aspects of society. However, AI systems often carry inherent biases, especially when utilized in fields like finance, employment, law enforcement, and housing. The deployment of AI in these sectors has amplified existing societal prejudices. For instance, the implementation of facial recognition technology in law enforcement has resulted in wrongful convictions of people of color due to inaccuracies and biases inherent in AI systems. These biases stem from historical injustices and necessitate regulation through policies aimed at protecting the rights of marginalized communities. Can civil rights and algorithmic systems coexist harmoniously and fairly?

This week, the TechTank Podcast revisits a pertinent discussion from 2022 on civil rights and artificial intelligence. Co-host Nicol Turner Lee is joined by Renee Cummings, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and data activist in residence and criminologist at the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science, as well as Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. Together, they delve deeply into these intricate issues and offer valuable insights into addressing the pressing challenge of ensuring equitable AI…