MIT Study Exposes Tactics Used Against Black Women AI Researchers

Abuse aimed at Black women, especially in the field of artificial intelligence research, follows a clear playbook, three MIT professors found. A new study details each step, from disbelief to revisionism.

Katlyn Turner, Danielle Wood, and Catherine D’Ignazio told VentureBeat that their Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook was a response to Google’s treatment of Ethical AI team co-lead Timnit Gebru, but applies to fields well beyond AI.

“This is a process, a series of related things, and the process has to be described step by step or else people won’t get the point,” co-author Wood said.

For today’s Plug In South LA Beat, our regular curation of relevant tech and innovation articles, we dig into what it will take to finally break this vicious cycle:

Black Women, AI, and Overcoming Historical Patterns of Abuse

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