April is Autism Acceptance Month, previously known as Autism Awareness Month (and perhaps in the future to be known as Autism Appreciation Month!) Like anything that is starting to shift in the public eye, there is a long history of social justice, community experiences, and hard work behind the movement. Hopefully this piece will situate you to understand more about the autistic experience, the obstacles we face in society, resources to keep learning, and of course, the strengths of autism that are worth celebrating.

Prepare to Unlearn What You Thought You Knew About Autism

A common reaction to the word “autism” is sadness and fear, especially from parents worried about…

The Beep-Boopers

I used to be a beep-booper. As I learned about Data Science I saw all the possibilities and wanted to change the world with data. I dreamed up apps and inventions and ideas that would use Big Data for good! I could use all my skills and methods to radically change the world for the better, all because of machine learning! And I really meant it. I had a fascination with data and science and I wanted to help others. My brain immediately hopped to different designs and apps because I was surrounded by that kind of culture. The beep-boop…

A list of resources for anyone curious about fairness, accountability, ethics, social justice, transparency, and/or explainability as it pertains to Data Science. These are mostly Yim-centric for now, so I gladly invite collaboration and edits!

cartoon image of someone holding up a sign that says “social justice beings with me!”

Algorithmic Bias

From my research, to teaching, to actually caring for my human suit along the way, I’ll lay out what a trauma-informed PhD path can look like for you and/or your students.

A geometric light green mountain with a winding red dashed line going up to the top, where there is a red flag at the peak

Mental health is more than just self-care

This one is for the non-monogamous, polyamorous, questioning academics out there, who can relate to the framework of polyamory as a way to describe “open data”.

Yesterday my brain was inspired by Yanni Alexander Loukiassas asking the question:

“what is ‘open’ in relationship to data?”

Yanni is a professor of Digital Media at Georgia Institute of Technology, and we got to meet at the CSCW Toward Equitable Participatory Design: Data Feminism for CSCW amidst Multiple Pandemics. We each brought a story and a question, and my brain got stuck on Yanni’s.

Lately in academic spaces we are all seemingly supposed…

Whether it’s a formal classroom or a corporate team meeting, here’s a list of things I’ve come across in my experience to integrate Social Justice into teaching Data Science.

a cardboard protest sign in a crowd that says “Fight today for a better tomorrow”

Use real-world data… carefully

digital graphic of a silhouette of a person with a speech bubble filled with icons such as: health, gender, education, financ

Yim, what have you been working on for the past 2 years?

Thanks for asking!

It’s this paper that just got accepted at the ACM International Computing Education Research (ICER) conference! Here’s a pre-print of the paper: Learning Machine Learning with Personal Data Helps Stakeholders Ground Advocacy Arguments in Model Mechanics (Yim Register & Amy J. Ko, 2020) Gotta love academic titles am I right? But don’t worry, I’ve saved you the trouble of reading the paper by summarizing it in this blog post. …

ice cream cones

Lately it’s been feeling like a Jackpot Wheel of reactions I’m going to have to our new coronavirus normal of 2020. Each day I wake up to endless possibilities of different ways I can stay inside. Because it’s been such a roller coaster for me, I’m just outlining some of the various moods I’ve found myself in during all of this. For the time being, I can laugh as I write this. Maybe you’ll even be able to figure out which mood I’m in right now. But I think the biggest takeaway is that we are all coping in this…

Which company is doing what to combat misinformation and fake news? Is it an algorithmic solution, or are there people involved? What do you think they should do?

Ahh misinformation. From conspiracy theories to well-meaning panic, the internet gives everyone a voice. Some forms of misinformation are rumors spread quickly across the internet, but with disastrous consequences: such as the Hawaii false missile alert in 2018. Other forms of misinformation are intentional content creations called Deepfakes, using neural networks to create totally fabricated videos, often of politicians or celebrities. …

“It’s like they all have access to the same textbook”.

4 panels of different textbooks

Every time I hear a new story from victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, I think to myself “It’s like they all have access to the same textbook”. The way that abusers carefully groom their victims to stay silent, manipulate the ways that the victims see their own self-image, and isolate them subtly and slowly is all part of a calculated plan. I’ve chosen to illuminate the Abuser’s Textbook, in hopes that someone trapped in the cycle of abuse reads these steps and realizes the severity of their situation…

Yim Register (they/them)

Attending PhD School. Radical optimist. Machine learning literacy for self-advocacy and algorithmic resistance

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