Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Event Start Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Event End Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Contact: Claudia Sanchez

Your Online Data & Algorithmic Bias:
How it Affects You Every Day

Your personal data impacts what you see online and the products and services that are marketed to you.

But you may be surprised by some of the other ways it affects your day-to-day life. How we are differentiated by data algorithms can be both damaging and helpful. Expert panelists will discuss these topics along with policy implications and practical tips to protect yourself.

Join us on Thursday, November 12 from 6 pm – 7 pm (EST) for an informative roundtable discussion on the issues and concerns related to algorithmic bias. Topics will include automated vehicles, healthcare, financial services, social media, and more.


  • Dr. Jason Farman (moderator)
    Dr. Farman is a professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of American Studies and the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program. He is also a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and a Faculty Associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is an award-winning author and has written about technology, history, and media studies over the last decade.
  • Marjory S. Blumenthal (panelist)
    Marjory Blumenthal is a senior policy researcher at RAND. In 2013-2016, she was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at OSTP. As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at NASEM, she analyzed information technologies and their impacts. Her career began at OTA, after graduate work at Harvard University and undergraduate work at Brown University.
  • Dr. Jen Golbeck (panelist)
    Dr. Golbeck is a professor at UMD’s iSchool. She is a world leader in social media research and science communication, and she is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. She is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, discovering people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior, and a leader in creating human-friendly security and privacy systems.
  • Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee (panelist)
    Dr. Turner-Lee is an adjunct professor at UMD’s iSchool and a senior fellow and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. She researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities. She’s an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.

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