How Algorithms May Contribute to Female Erasure | Women Are Human

On October 25, 2022, the Senate of Canada passed the second reading of Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, moving one step closer towards female erasure and setting a dangerous precedence for both domestic and foreign legislation.
Canada’s Bill C-11 Discriminates Against Women in Three Different Ways: Lack of explicit inclusion, algorithmic biases, and industry imbalances
[W]hile claiming inclusivity for “all Canadians,” this bill has omitted both “women” and “sex(es)”, which will undoubtedly have dire future consequences on the rights, livelihoods, health, and well-being of generations of women and girls in Canada as it perpetuates female erasure.
The proposed algorithmic regulations of the Online Streaming Act could be considerably more harmful to women than by merely neglecting our priorities.
Given the omission of both “sex(es)” and women from the list of designated equity-seeking groups, and the inherent biases in algorithmic codes designed and driven by a male-dominated industry, the policies outlined in Bill C-11 constitute institutionalized sex-based discrimination against women, thus enabling the Government of Canada to further imbed inequality against the success and well-being of Canadian women. We, the females, are being erased from language and the law though policies enacted by a cabinet that dares to call themselves a “feminist government”.

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