Companies are developing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) that affect our every day life, including our employment, health care, education and transportation. Recently published articles and studies demonstrate that unintentional biases have been introduced in these AI applications not only by the algorithms, but also by the data that is used for the learning and eventually the decision process of these algorithms. These biases may result in someone not being hired or promoted or even worse, not properly treated for an illness due to the lack of diversity and inclusion in the development of the algorithms and the data.
What can or should public good play in development of these applications? How do we ensure that the algorithms and the data sets are developed by people with different backgrounds and not by a small, possibly myopic group?
Established in 1991, Canadian Women in Communications and Technology's (WCT) mission is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of women through a coast to coast network of professional women, men and companies in communications and technology.
Headquartered in Ottawa, WCT empowers women in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, digital media and technology to achieve professional success, to aim higher and to be recognized for their achievements.
Through partnerships with organizations such as Information Communications Technology Council, Information Technology Alliance of Canada and Wired Women, WCT has increased its efforts to strengthen the leadership role of women driving innovation and smart growth in Canada.
Our vision is to be the leading organization that inspires and advances women as leaders and contributors to Canada's digital economy.
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1500 members across Canada from all sectors of the communications and technology sectors. Ten Chapters coast to coast: British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Manitoba, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, New Brunswick.