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Business Law Professor to Present on Digital Literacy at SXSW EDU

Feb 4, 2022
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Cindy Workman

Tom Freeman, JD, MS, MBA, a professor of business law in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, will be presenting on algorithmic bias at this year’s SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas, March 7-10.

Freeman serves as a senior researcher and policy advisor for the Institute for Digital Humanity (IDH), a bipartisan civil rights think tank that advocates for civil rights issues related to technology. The IDH presented last year at the Creighton Business Symposium. Since then, they have completed work on a groundbreaking national high school curriculum on algorithmic bias for the ADL and worked with the “Coded Bias” team of Netflix fame to develop educational materials on algorithmic bias for members of Congress. They also partnered with the ACLU to pass a facial recognition ban in the city of Minneapolis.

An IDH team consisting of Freeman, Aaron McKain, PhD, MSL, from North Central University, Elizabeth Otto from the Obama Foundation, and Ayin Morales from Wilson Middle School will present a panel discussion titled “Redefining Digital Literacy: Algorithms & You.”  

Teaching digital literacy becomes more important each year, but without learning about algorithms, students are missing the opportunity to be metacognitive about their online and offline interactions and how they contribute to systemic injustices that harm marginalized communities. In this session, learn about algorithmic bias, algorithmic injustices, and a few ways to teach about this extremely important and timely topic.

The SXSW EDU® Conference & Festival is a reflection of the world’s most critical social issues as seen through the lens of education. This year’s event will bring together the learner, the practitioner, the entrepreneur, and the visionary to share their groundbreaking stories, tackle complex issues, and build reimagined paths forward. As a community of diverse people who are united around a like-minded vision for the future, SXSW EDU serves as a place for attendees to renew their purpose in practice from both a personal and professional perspective. It is a place to reinforce the core principles of teaching and learning as well as an opportunity to express your creativity and passion for education. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals that has grown from 800 to over 8,000 registrants in the last decade. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSW EDU, March 7-10, 2022.