Safiya Noble Keynote Speaker

  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
  • Author, bestseller Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
  • Awarded the Hellman Fellowship, the UCLA Early Career Award and the Distinguished Alumna Award 2020 from the iSchool Alumni Association

Safiya Noble's Biography

Dr Safiya Noble is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and Author of bestseller ‘Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism’. She is a speaker and expert on digital media, tech, the internet’s impact on society and algorithmic discrimination and bias.

Safiya is Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, UCLA and is appointed in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), Research Associate at Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute and Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG).

Safiya Noble is a member of several boards and advisory groups, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Board and the NYU Center Critical Race and Digital Studies Advisory Board.

She has received several accolades and awards for her work, including the Hellman Fellowship, UCLA Early Career Award and Distinguished Alumna Award 2020 from the iSchool Alumni Association. She was awarded the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award from the University of Illinois, the Distinguished Alumni Award 2018 from California State University, and named by Government Technology in the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2019”.

She authored bestseller ‘Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism’, which explores the racist and sexist algorithmic bias built into commercial search engines and was widely reviewed in scholarly publications. She is Co-Editor of ‘The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online’ and ‘Emotions, Technology & Design’. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies and Co-Editor of the Commentary & Criticism in the Journal of Feminist Media Studies.

Her insights have featured in international media publications including The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, Wired, TIME, amongst others.

She completed a Ph.D and Master’s at the University of Illinois, in Library & Information Science, and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from California State University.

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Videos of Safiya Noble

Safiya U. Noble and Tristan Harris | TIME100 Talks
Safiya U. Noble and Tristan Harris | TIME100 Talks
USC Annenberg | Algorithms of Oppression: Safiya Umoja Noble
USC Annenberg | Algorithms of Oppression: Safiya Umoja Noble
PDF 2016 | Safiya Noble | Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression
PDF 2016 | Safiya Noble | Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression
How biased are our algorithms? | Safiya Umoja Noble | TEDxUIUC
How biased are our algorithms? | Safiya Umoja Noble | TEDxUIUC

Blogs & Articles

Books by Safiya Noble

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Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

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