The Center for Just Infrastructures (formerly the Illinois Center for People and Intelligent Infrastructures) was created by researchers in the Computer Science Department, the School of Information Sciences and the College of Media at the University of Illinois to interrogate the complex interactions between people, data, systems, and algorithms. How people interact with people and the world around them is shaped by the systems they use and increasingly by the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that drive these systems. It is a critical moment for computing.

While the original appeal and illusion of “justness” of computing systems lied in their consistency and governability, the image of the future of computing evokes ungovernability. Our vision is to change the future of computing so that it is normal for researchers, users, industries, and governments to deploy complex computational algorithmic socio-technical systems that are fast, scalable, reliable, equitable to users, and that provide a credible assurance that they are free from specific unwanted behaviors.

Just Infrastructures is led by Karrie Karahalios, Anita Chan, and Indy Gupta


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Acknowledgments: We are grateful for the guidance and work of a number of people and organizations who allow us to produce this series. This includes: Mitchell Oliver, Jingyi Gu (ICR), Silas Hsu (CS), Vinay Koshy (CS), Tiffany Li (CS), Gabe Malo (ICR), Jorge Rojas (ICR), Adrian Wong (ICR), Disabilities Resources and Educational Services (DRES), Madeleine Garvey (CS), Colin Roberston (CS)Martin Lamping (Technology Services), Erin Ciciora (Humanities Research Institute), Liz Kennedy (Allied Media Conference), CJ Brody and Natalie Kerby (Data & Society).