The Elephant in AI

April 19, 2021
Bias in AI
AI and Bias Policy Lab at Penn Law
Over the last three months, guided by industry leaders, the Policy Lab on AI and Bias at Penn Law taught by WAPPP Leader in Practice, Rangita de Silva de Alwis has incubated new ideas, detected a new generation of biases in recruitment platforms and created a blueprint for policy directives to mitigate those biases. Through surveys and stories the lab produced an important new toolbox to be shared with industry leaders and policymakers.


  1. Elephant in AI — Surveys from the field: from Silicon Valley to emerging professionals in law, technology, and engineering
  2. Unmasking Coded Bias — Groundbreaking survey of young Black professionals
  3. Detecting a new generation and class of biases
  4. A Field Guide to addressing bias in datasets
Watch this dynamic discussion from the Policy Lat on AI and Bias to learn more about the biases implicit in the growing field of of Articial intelligence.
Rangita thanks Dean Theodore Ruger for his support. She also thanks Professors Iris Bohnet and Hannah Riley Bowles for their influential work on bias in the workplace. She thanks WAPPP for introducing her to Rati Thanawala, WAPPP Leader in Practice. The Policy Lab on AI and Bias was inspired by her pathbreaking work as the first woman of color to graduate with a doctorate in engineering from Yale and as one of Bell Lab's first woman engineers.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis is a globally recognized international women's rights expert. She serves as the Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she teaches International Women's Rights and the Policy Lab, directs the Global Institute for Human Rights, has been appointed Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program for 2019-2021 academic years and was named the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow on Gender Equity, Georgetown (2020-2021). In 2017, she started the Global Women's Leadership Project and Women, Law & Leadership Lab under the auspices of UN Women's Executive Director, Under Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to map the laws that regulate the status of women in the family. Rangita serves as Special Advisor to the President of Wellesley College and as Distinguished Adviser to the Executive Director of UN Women on global women's rights and women's leadership.