Conference: Latin American Studies in a Globalized World (LASA 2018)

Conference: Latin American Studies in a Globalized World (LASA 2018)

The 36th celebration of the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) will be carried out in Barcelona (Catalonia) between May 23 and 26. In this ocassion, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol will present a paper co-authored by Andrea Rosales titled “Evidence of structural ageism in intelligent systems“, where the authors provide a critical overview of the latent ageism present in contemporary intelligent systems. The presentation takes place in the context of the panel “Big data from the global south – Part III: Data incorporations“, organized and chaired by Emiliano Treré.

Abstract: Digital systems can track every activity. These logs are the fundamental raw material Intelligent Systems (IS) use to help developers tailor the products they design. Despite IS can take into account all the granularity of the data, they often fall in discriminatory decisions. While this discrimination is documented regarding sex, race and sexual orientation, age has received less attention. A critical review of academic literature confirms that structural ageism also shapes IS. The paper identifies some instances in which ageism is in operation, either implicitly or explicitly. Concretely, not controlling the demographics of the sample, not assessing the technical limitations of measurement systems, as well as homophilic ideas and stereotyped ideas that consider older people as not avid ICT users, tend to exclude older people interests from IS, reinforcing structural ageism.

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