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Baltimore, November 30, 2022: The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) today announced that Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Professor
of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will be the recipient of the 2023 Miles
Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the
information community.

Dr. Noble is an internet studies scholar, whose work is both sociological
and interdisciplinary, focusing on the ways that digital media intersects
with issues of race, gender, culture, power, and technology. She is the
author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
(NYU Press), a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in
commercial search engines, and she has written and spoken widely on issues
of discrimination and technology bias, including for The Guardian, the BBC,
CNN International, USA Today, Wired, Time, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,
The New York Times, and a host of network news and podcasts.

In 2021, Dr. Noble was recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (also
known as the “Genius Award”) for her ground-breaking work on algorithmic
discrimination, and in 2022, she was the inaugural recipient of the
NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award. She is the Founder and Director
of the recently launched Center on Race and Digital Justice — a
groundbreaking effort that focuses on accountability and repair from extant
and emerging digital harms. She is also the Co-Founder and former Director
of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) and current
Co-Director of the Minderoo Initiative on Technology & Power. Dr. Noble is
a board member of both the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), serving
those vulnerable to online harassment, the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, and Color of Change, a civil
rights advocacy organization. In 2021, she founded a non-profit, the Equity
Engine, to accelerate investment in companies, education, and networks
driven by women of color.

Dr. Noble holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from
California State University, Fresno where she was awarded the Distinguished
Alumni Award for 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna
Award from the iSchool Alumni Association, and she is also the inaugural
Diversity and Inclusion Award winner from the Illinois Alumni Association
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of
a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award.

The Miles Conrad Award ceremony and lecture will take place during the NISO
Plus 2023 conference, held virtually, from 12.30pm ET on February 15, 2023.
For more information about the conference, please visit

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Noble’s contributions to the information
community — and society more widely — through this well-deserved award,”
said Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Executive Director. “As an information
scientist with a deep understanding of the intersections among culture,
race, and gender, her work on issues of algorithmic discrimination and
technology bias is shining a much-needed light on the need for greater
accountability and regulation of tech companies, especially search engines.
Dr. Noble joins a long and distinguished list of Miles Conrad awardees and
we very much look forward to her lecture at the NISO Plus 2023 conference.”

*About the Miles Conrad Award*

Miles Conrad was one of the founders of the National Federation of
Abstracting and Indexing Services (NFAIS), and this award was established
in 1965 in his memory. During the 1960s, Conrad encouraged NFAIS members —
scholarly societies and government agencies — to work collaboratively in
support of the space exploration program, in order to enhance the speed
with which scientific knowledge could be disseminated, discovered, and
acted upon. In the years that followed, NFAIS expanded its
cross-disciplinary membership and played an important role in the
development of online information services and resources, before merging
with National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in 2019. NISO’s
vision, of a world where all can benefit from the unfettered exchange of
information, reflects the aims of both organizations; in awarding this
prize, we are proud to continue recognizing the contributions of those
whose lifetime achievements have moved our community forward. A list of
previous Miles Conrad Award winners is available on the NISO website: <>.

*About NISO*

Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO fosters the development and maintenance of
standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
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