Douglas College Library is proud to present

“Just Google it”: Algorithms of oppression

Tuesday, December 8 2015, 2:00-4:00pm

Room 2201, Douglas College New Westminster Campus

This special event is sponsored by the Douglas College Faculty Professional Development Committee. The British Columbia Research Libraries Group is partnering with Douglas College to live stream, record, and archive the presentation.

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A link to the archived version of this event will be provided here as soon as it is available.

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble discusses her research into Google, a technology commonly thought of as a public resource free from commercial interest, and the ways in which it mediates public access to information in biased ways and permits problematic racial and gender misrepresentations.

About the presenter:
Safiya Noble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on socio-cultural informatics, and feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest. Her research is at the intersection of transnational culture and technology in the design and use of applications on the internet. She is currently writing a book about Google and Information bias (forthcoming from NYU Press). For more information, visit

Personal Health Data Sharing for Personalized Medicine:
Facts, Opportunities, Security and Ethics

Leaders come together for conversations about types of personal health data, opportunities that arise from integrating these data for health and economic benefits, and issues in secure and ethical storage and sharing of these data.


  • Dr Elodie Portales-Casamar, Clinical Informatics Specialist, Child & Family Research Institute
  • Dr Nancy Meagher, Executive Director, Population Data BC
  • Dr Larry Lynd, Professor, UBC Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
  • Dr Zsuzsanna Hollander, PROOF Centre
  • Dr Paul Terry, President & CEO, PHEMI Health Systems Inc.
  • Dr Alice Virani, Clinical Ethicist, Children’s and Women’s Hospital of BC

Dr. Jehannine Austin – Associate Professor, UBC Psychiatry/Medical Genetics

Discussion Document: Roadmap for Bringing Personalized Medicine to British Columbians available for download here {PDF} for those interested. Not required reading for Public Talks attendance.


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