Data (Re)Makes the World: Conference Agenda

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Breakfast & Registration, 8:30 am – 9:00 am (DINING HALL)

Opening Remarks, 8:45 am – 9:00 am

  • Conference Convener: Aaron Mendon-Plasek, Yale Law

9:00 am – 10:40 am Panel 1: Justice, Room 127

  • Chair: Meg Leta Jones, Georgetown University
  • Andrew Meade McGee, Smithsonian Institution, “Quantifying a Rights Revolution Fifty Years On: Predictive Modeling, Algorithmic Rulemaking, and the 1973 Databank Debates Over Mainframe Computers in Urban Policy and Social Welfare Policy”
  • Simone Zhang, Norte Dame, “The Asymmetrical Effects of Pretrial Risk Assessment Algorithms in the Courtroom”
  • Katrina Geddes, New York University, “Will you have autonomy in the Metaverse?”
  • A. Feder Cooper (Cornell), Madiha Zahrah Choski (Cornell Tech), Solon Barocas (Cornell), Christopher De Sa (Cornell), James Grimmelmann (Cornell Law & Cornell Tech), Siddhartha Sen (Microsoft), “On Machine Learning Uncertainty, Arbitrariness, and Due Process”

10:40 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break (Room 122)

11:00 am – 12:40 pm Panel 2: Trusting Sources (Room 127)

  • Chair: Matthew Jones, Columbia University
  • Gabriel Grill, University of Michigan, “Constructing Certainty in Machine Learning: On the performativity of testing and its hold on the Future”
  • Kadija Ferryman & Odia Kane, John Hopkins, “Identifying and Interrogating Algorithmic Accounts in Medical AI”
  • Kushang Mishra, IIIT Bangalore, Bidisha Choudhary, IIIT Bangalore, “Data-driven ‘precision’ vs Farmer’s guesswork: How Data is (Re)Making Agriculture in India”
  • Alexander Campolo (Duham U) & Katia Schwerzmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), “From ‘Is’ to ‘Ought’: Data as Example in Machine Learning”

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:40 pm – 3:20 pm Panel 3: Calculated Environments, [Parallel Session 1 of 2] (Room 129)

  • Chair: Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi (Yale Law)
  • James Clinton Francis (Columbia Law), Adeline Chum (Center for Spatial Research, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation [GSAPP], Columbia University), & Guangyu Wu (Center for Spatial Research, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation [GSAPP], Columbia University), “Clucked Up: Active Machine Learning of Aerial Imagery and the Undercounting-Underfunding Problem in North Carolina’s Poultry Industry”
  • Matt P. Lukacz, Harvard University, “Environmental Technocracy or Science-Based Policy? Critiques of Quantification in Political Ecology and the History of Debates About Algorithmic Decision Making in Conservation Biology”

1:40 pm – 3:20 pm  Panel 4: Computed Worlds, [Parallel Session 2 of 2] (Room 127)

  • Chair: Bonnie Kaplan (Yale University)
  • Pariroo Rattan, Harvard University, “Dueling Economists and Discriminating Models: Causal Regression Analysis in 21st Century American Courts”
  • Ekaterina Babintseva, Purdue University, “Rules for Creative Thinking: Algorithms, Heuristics, and Soviet Cybernetic Psychology”
  • Jonathan Weinberg, Wayne State University, “Everything old is new again: credit rating and alternative data”
  • Catherine Powell, Fordham Law, “Race, Place, and Cyberspace”

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm  Coffee Break (Room 122)

3:40 pm – 5:20 pm  Panel 5: Data Work (Room 127)

  • Chair: Julian Posada (Yale University)
  • Karen Levy, Cornell University, “Rules, Loopholes, and Autonomous Systems”
  • Ira Anjali Anwar, University of Michigan, “Seeing Like a Gig Company: Algorithmic Classification and the (Re)Valuation of Labor”
  • Devin Kennedy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Factory Work and Database Management: Industrial Origins of the Computer Database, 1958-67”
  • Jordan Ali and Gili Vidan, Cornell University, “The Economization of Play: Collapsing Value and Liberatory Promises on the Axie Infinity Platform”

Saturday, April 1, 2023

9:00 am – 9:30 am  Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:30 am – 11:10 am   Panel 6: Enacting Futures (Room 127)

  • Chair: Valère Ndior, Université de Bretagne occidentale
  • Angelina Wang (Princeton), Sayash Kapoor (Princeton), Solon Barocas (Cornell), Arvind Narayanan (Princeton), “Against Predictive Optimization: On the Legitimacy of Decision-Making Algorithms that Optimize Predictive Accuracy”
  • Jonnie Penn, University of Cambridge, “Decomputerization as Détente”
  • Burcu Baykurt, University of Massachusetts—Amherst, “Extracting Value”
  • Hannah Zeavin, Indiana University, “Screening Mother, Coding Baby: Predictive Control, Incarcerated Mothers, and Attachment Theory in the Prison”

11:10 am – 11:30 am  Coffee Break & Lunch Pickup (Room 122)

11:30 am – 1:10 pm  Panel 7: Mediating Identities, [lunch panel] (Room 127)

  • Chair: Lisa Messeri, Yale University
  • Pieter Vanden Broeck & David Stark, Columbia University, “Class, Code and Control: Algorithmic Management in the Classroom”
  • Amina Abdu (UMichigan), Lauren Chambers (Berkeley), Abigail Jacobs (UMichigan), Deirdre Mulligan (Berkeley), “The Limits of (Algorithmic) Transparency: Lessons Learned from the US Census’ Implementation of Differential Privacy”
  • Alicia Boyd, New York University, “Should they? Gender Recognition, Privacy, and Accelerometers”
  • Nina Toft Djanegara, Stanford University, “Face the Nation”

1:10 pm – 1:20 pm  Closing Remarks