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BCC2020 is online, global, and affordable. The meeting and training are now done, and the CoFest is under way.

The 2020 Bioinformatics Community Conference brings together the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) and the Galaxy Community Conference into a single event featuring training, a meeting, and a CollaborationFest. Events run from July 17 through July 25, and is held in both the eastern and western hemispheres.

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Wednesday, July 22 • 02:00 - 02:45
East Keynote 3: Biased by Default: Exploring Discrimination in Research Code

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Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Mozilla Foundation


Artificial intelligence and machine learning have unlocked countless insights and data-driven results within the research community. At the same time, we’ve seen how AI contributes to diversity problems we face today, even amplifying bias within the scientific community.

In her talk, Abby will explore the benefits, harms and side effects AI has on researchers and society at large. Scientists have been at the forefront of ethics and tech with each new discovery, from the atomic bomb to personal genomes. The research community has an opportunity to act now: AI needs to be designed with the well being of humans – and humanity – in mind.

This session will be introduced by Bastian Greshake Tzovaras.

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Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Mozilla Foundation
Abigail Cabunoc Mayes is the Working Open Practice Lead at the Mozilla Foundation. Abby mobilizes leaders in the Internet health movement through mentorship and training on open practices and open source. Before this, she was Lead Developer of the Mozilla Science Lab, transformin... Read More →

Wednesday July 22, 2020 02:00 - 02:45 EDT