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CDT CEO Alexandra Givens Discusses AI and Civil Rights with EEOC Chair at 2023 SXSW

At this year’s 2023 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, CDT CEO Alexandra Givens made an impact, speaking alongside leaders and experts – including Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – on the intersection of artificial intelligence and civil rights in the workplace.

We’ve copied the description of the panel below, and linked to the full audio recording here.


People generally recognize that social media, shopping, and streaming websites make automated recommendations. But many are unaware that very similar technology has proliferated into work. These automated systems, including artificial intelligence (AI), impact who sees job ads, gets recruited, is interviewed, succeeds in an interview, and ultimately gets hired. On the job, automated systems may determine compensation, promotion and termination. While tech is revolutionizing the nature of work, it also may perpetuate historical discrimination or create new race, gender, age and disability biases. This panel gathers experts to explore how AI and automated tech is being used to determine who gets and keeps a job, how discriminatory bias can creep into these systems and how to prevent it.

  • Charlotte A. Burrows – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Manish Raghavan – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alexandra Reeve Givens – Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Hilke Schellmann – New York University