Initiatives

We Count has a lot of things on the go. You can learn and co-create with us and earn micro-badges to show your effort. Here are some of our upcoming and recent activities.

All We Count/Digging DEEPer workshops and webinars are accessible, free and open to the public. We welcome people from all backgrounds and experience levels.

AI-Powered Mobile Assistive Technology Apps

AI-Powered Mobile Assistive Technology Apps: Risks and Benefits. Part 1: Wednesday September 23 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM (EDT). Part 2: Wednesday October 7 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM (EDT). Part 3: Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 AM – 12 PM (EDT).

Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing to think like us and to deep dream through machine learning. How can we leverage this technology to improve accessibility, and at the same time, keep up with the ramifications? Inspired by Dr. Roger Melko’s CBC podcast, this three-part workshop will explore and dig deeper into the possibilities of AI-powered assistive technology mobile apps. Register for free.

This workshop is comprised of three sessions:

Part 1: Introduction. In this session, we will provide an overview of the three parts of the workshop, discuss the podcast, and set up the mobile apps (SeeingAI, Supersense, Envision, MapInHood and Ava). Participants will be assigned a mobile app group based on their preferences upon registration.

Wednesday, September 23 at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)

Part 2: Exploration of Artificial Intelligence Through Assistive Technologies. In breakout rooms, each group will discuss their assigned mobile app. Through experience of the app, each group will consider the risks and benefits of AI use in assistive technologies as well as the participation of people with lived experience of disability in the design of AT applications.

Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)

Part 3: Webinar – Conversation with Dr. Roger Melko. Groups will discuss their findings with guest speaker Dr. Roger Melko and others as a further exploration of the topic. This webinar session is open for registration to other attendees.

Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)

Note: Mobile apps will be assigned based on preferences upon registration. Priority will be given to participants attending all three sessions. Participant registration will close on September 18 or when maximum capacity is reached. Applicants will be notified by September 21, if they have been selected to participate.

Register for free.

Accessible Survey Platforms

Online Conversation on Accessible Survey Platforms. Tuesday, August 4th. 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Register for free

A Conversation on Accessible Survey Platforms, hosted by the Inclusive Design Research Centre.

The recording of the webinar will be available soon.

Machine Learning Bias

Free Digging DEEPer Webinar on Machine Learning Discrmination by Dr. Toon Calders on July 8, 2020 11AM-12PM

Featuring: Dr. Toon Calders
(University of Antwerp)

Artificial intelligence is more and more responsible for decisions that have a huge impact on our lives. But predictions made using data mining and algorithms can affect population subgroups differently. Academic researchers and journalists have shown that decisions taken by predictive algorithms sometimes lead to biased outcomes, reproducing inequalities already present in society. Is it possible to make a fairness-aware data mining process? Are algorithms biased because people are too? Or is it how machine learning works at the most fundamental level?

The recording of the webinar will be available in our soon.