The Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook

Digital infographic, illustration, collage
Partners: Katlyn Turner and Danielle Wood (Space Enabled, MIT Media Lab), Catherine D’Ignazio (Data + Feminism Lab, Dept. of Urban Studies + Planning, MIT).

︎ Read the original article (State of AI Ethics, January 2021 Report, Montreal AI Ethics Institute)
︎ Read article by Khari Johnson (VentureBeat)
I was commissioned to visually translated an article written by Dr. Katlyn Turner, Prof. Danielle Wood and Prof. Catherine D'Ignazio. The article was written in response partly to the well-publicized and swift firing of Google’s Ethical AI Co-Lead, Dr. Timnit Gebru, and partly to acknowledge centuries of individuals and institutions successfully using these tactics to silence, shame, and erase Black women and their contributions.

The full article about the Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook goes into detail about Dr. Timnit Gebru’s firing, describes the Playbook tactics Google used, and puts the tactics in historical relief with contributions by other Black women, including Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs, Ida Wells and Zora Neale Hurston.

Almost every aspect of this diagram was designed collaboratively with the authors, from text copy, colors, type, motifs, to choice of historical and contemporary photographs.