Joy Buolamwini founded the Algorithmic Justice League to fight the coded gaze, bias in artificial intelligence that can worsen social inequalities. At the MIT Media Lab, she pioneered evaluation techniques for face classification algorithms which is leading to increased transparency in the use of facial analysis technology globally and the creation of international standards. Her Gender Shades research which uncovered large accuracy disparities in commercial gender classification has been covered in over 230 articles in 37 countries by media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, NPR, and BBC World Service.
She is an international speaker having shared her work at venues including White House, The Vatican, WIRED Live UK, SXSWedu, and Aspen Ideas Festival. Her TED Talk on bias in AI has been viewed over 980,000 times. Joy produces media that highlight diverse creators of technology. Her short film, The Coded Gaze: Unmasking Algorithmic Bias, debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, and Google Anita Borg Scholar. She holds two masters degrees from Oxford University and MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is now pursuing a PhD at MIT.