Case Study: Automated video caption development- should researchers anonymise human images before publication?

Project Title: TrecVid 2017 Project Description: TrecVid is an ongoing video-to-text caption generation task. This international project has been running since 2001, and each year different research groups around the world are given a TRECVid task. In this case study, the approach to the project was to extract keyframes from short videos (Vines) and to … Continue reading "Case Study: Automated video caption development- should researchers anonymise human images before publication?"

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Academics ‘asleep at the wheel’ on tech ethics writes Cathy O’Neil in the New York Times

    The time has come for the establishment of an institute of algorithmic accountability, author and data scientist Cathy O’Neil writes in the New York Times this month. It is her contention that the wider academic community is ‘asleep at the wheel’ when it comes to examining and critiquing the ethics if technology currently … Continue reading "Academics ‘asleep at the wheel’ on tech ethics writes Cathy O’Neil in the New York Times"

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Brain-Computer Interface – four ethical priorities from the Morningside Group

The Morningside Group is a collaboration of neuroscientists, neurotechnologists, clinicians, ethicists and machine-intelligence engineers. It includes representatives from Google and Kernel (a neurotechnology start-up in Los Angeles, California); from international brain projects; and from research centres in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, China, Japan and Australia. Last May the group gathered at a NSF-sponsored … Continue reading "Brain-Computer Interface – four ethical priorities from the Morningside Group"

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Case Study: MixedEmotions

Project description: MixedEmotions developed innovative multilingual multi-modal Big Data analytics applications that brought together emotion analyses of user behaviour from multiple input channels: multilingual text data sources, A/V signal input (multilingual speech, audio, video), social media (social network, comments), and structured data. Commercial applications (implemented as pilot projects) will be in Social TV, Brand Reputation … Continue reading "Case Study: MixedEmotions"

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Case Study: Linking dictionaries

Introduction: If you have two dictionaries in the same language or in different languages, they can be very complementary in that some dictionaries might have a lot of syntactic information, while others have more information about the meaning of words. Domain specific dictionaries contain specialist terminology. Linking a specialist dictionary with very specific terminology to … Continue reading "Case Study: Linking dictionaries"

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AI ethics a ‘baseline safety issue’ – new report essential reading for data researchers

Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker of New York University have this week published a thirty page report on ethics in the AI industry that raises the bar on data ethics discourse and makes solid recommendations for the sector. These include the eradication of black box algorithms in high stakes domains such ​​ as criminal​ ​justice … Continue reading "AI ethics a ‘baseline safety issue’ – new report essential reading for data researchers"

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Is it too late for Big Data Ethics? Kalev Leetaru muses in Forbes

One of the issues that arises again and again when discussing ethics with data researchers is this: where along the research timeline should ethical investigation be introduced? The obvious answer is at the beginning. Often, however, a post-research ethical audit is conducted that gives projects the veneer of ethical responsibility with no actual impact on … Continue reading "Is it too late for Big Data Ethics? Kalev Leetaru muses in Forbes"

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As ‘Smart Cities’ turn from blueprint to reality, what about smart ethics to guide developers?

This week a Canadian government agency called Waterfront Toronto launched a plan with Sidewalk Labs, an offshoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet, for a smart neighbourhood in a 12-acre urban plot. Sidewalk Labs has a stated aim of building communities ‘from the Internet up’, and this new project promises to redevelop the Toronto Quayside district … Continue reading "As ‘Smart Cities’ turn from blueprint to reality, what about smart ethics to guide developers?"

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‘Copenhagen Letter’ – a welcome Manifesto for Ethical Tech

  Over 3000 people from engineering, tech, business, social sciences and humanities have already signed ‘The Copenhagen Letter’ – a manifesto launched at Copenhagen’s Techfestival last month  calling for an ethical foundation to be established  in technology and design. The letter calls for a “new Renaissance” in the design of technology to put the human, … Continue reading "‘Copenhagen Letter’ – a welcome Manifesto for Ethical Tech"

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Case Study: Tracking social processes on Twitter

Tracking the social processes of groups of people with eating disorders who use Twitter to communicate with one another Project description: Social media networks enable minority groups to join and form communities. That is very powerful. There are many situations where people who are in a minority – from people who have a particular interest, … Continue reading "Case Study: Tracking social processes on Twitter"

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