Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology @ MPL

Dr. Ruha Benjiman

Race after Technology

Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Saturday, February 29, 4-5pm


From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Ruha Benjamin presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. 

Dr. Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (2013) and Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New JimCode (2019) among other publications.  For more info visit

The program is free, but you must register to attend. If you need any assistance, please call 973-744-0500 ex. 2234 or email:


Event date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code Cover Image
ISBN: 9781509526406
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Published: Polity Press - June 17th, 2019