Joy Buolamwini

Award: 
2016 NCWIT Collegiate Award Winner
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Researcher
MIT Media Lab

Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow Joy Buolamwini has been very active in the movement to bring greater ethical oversight to the tech industry. Based at the MIT Media Lab, she describes herself as “a poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence.” Buolamwini founded the Algorithmic Justice League, which aims to raise awareness about the existence and impact of “coded bias.” She delivered a TEDx Talk called “How I’m Fighting Bias in AI Algorithms” that was featured on the TED Radio Hour. In 2019, Buolamwini was asked to testify before members of Congress in the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Hearing on Facial Recognition Technology.