Data for Black Lives conference


United States

Friday, 11 January 2019 - 7:00pm to Sunday, 13 January 2019 - 1:00pm

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For the second year in a row, the Data for Black Lives conference is sold out.

While we cannot release more tickets, we have invested in livestream capabilities so that you can join the conversation from home or host watch parties as a group.

We will be streaming from multiple platforms in order to accommodate concurrent panels and sessions:


About Conference:

Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.

Since the advent of computing, big data and algorithms have penetrated virtually every aspect of our social and economic lives. These new data systems have tremendous potential to empower communities of color. Tools like statistical modeling, data visualization, and crowd-sourcing, in the right hands, are powerful instruments for fighting bias, building progressive movements, and promoting civic engagement.

But history tells a different story, one in which data is too often wielded as an instrument of oppression, reinforcing inequality and perpetuating injustice. Redlining was a data-driven enterprise that resulted in the systematic exclusion of Black communities from key financial services. More recent trends like predictive policing, risk-based sentencing, and predatory lending are troubling variations on the same theme. Today, discrimination is a high-tech enterprise.

Data for Black Lives seeks to mobilize scientists around racial justice issues. At our conference in November, we will convene over two hundred data scientists, computer programmers, racial justice activists, and elected officials to discuss the role that data can and should play in Black communities. Join us January 2019 at MIT for our second annual conference