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Tech Inquiry, along with other organizers from Dovetail Labs, Data and Society, the University of Chicago, and Google, recently hosted a NeurIPS 2019 workshop entitled Minding the Gap: Between Fairness and Ethics. The goal of the event was to bring together leading AI researchers (e.g., Yoshua Bengio), social scientists, and representatives from impacted communities, in a conversation about the responsibilities of AI scientists. Videos from Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV are now online. We are sincerely grateful for the funding from MacArthur Foundation's Technology in the Public Interest and Ford Foundation's Technology and Society programs.
September 24, 2019
Tech Inquiry is helping lead a formal call for the retraction of the infamous Wiley paper Facial feature discovery for ethnicity recognition based upon the editors and authors violating their obligations under the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Update (December 2019)
This campaign has been covered by Nature and The New York Times, prompting a reopening of Wiley's review after their initial response.
September 1, 2019
Due to Eric Schmidt's role in the demotion of a DOD ethics compliance officer, his decade long support for profiting from the suppression of human rights and dissent in China, and his failure as a leader of Google to discourage his executives' sexual harassment, we have released an open letter calling for Stanford's Insitute for Human-Centered AI to not elevate him as a keynote speaker at their upcoming ethics conference.
Tech Inquiry was founded in March of 2019 by Dr. Jack Poulson due to his experiences advocating for Google — his former employer — to be held accountable for its planned censorship and surveillance of human rights information and activity in China and abroad.
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