Tackle racism in AI, says BLM co-founder

"A lot of the algorithms, a lot of the data is racist," the U.S. activist who co-founded BLM in 2013 told Reuters on the sidelines of Lisbon's Web Summit on Tuesday (November 2).

"We need tech to truly understand every way it (racism) shows up in the technologies they are developing," she said.

The tech industry has faced a reckoning over the past few years over the ethics of AI technologies, with critics saying such systems could compromise privacy, target marginalized groups and normalize intrusive surveillance.

"They (tech companies) have to be very careful because technology has the ability to expedite values that otherwise would come about more slowly," Tometi said. "But technology speeds everything up so the impact will be worse, faster."

Urging software developers to "pay attention to all details," she said they should hear Black people more.

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