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Francesca Tripodi to deliver keynote at Responsible Machine Learning conference

Francesca Tripodi, Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will deliver the keynote address, “Searching for Alternative Facts,” for the Responsible Machine Learning conference, June 3-4.

Organized by Women in Data Science (WiDS), the Institute for Advanced Analytics, and RTI International, the RML2021 virtual conference will focus on bias, fairness, and transparency in machine learning. Practitioners, teachers, and students of data science are encouraged to attend.

The content is free, but organizers request that participants contribute to the Institute for Advanced Analytics’ Diversity Enhancement Fund.

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In addition to her appointment with SILS, Tripodi is a senior faculty researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) and an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. In 2019, she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on her research, explaining how search processes are gamed to maximize exposure and drive ideologically based queries. This research is the basis of her book, which is under contract with Yale University Press.