Phys.org: Social media data use needs tighter research controls, experts say

Phys.org: Social media data use needs tighter research controls, experts say . “Information shared on social media is being regularly used in research projects without users’ consent, a study suggests. Experts have called for tighter control of the practice, with fresh guidelines needed to ensure personal data is being used appropriately. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say ethics frameworks around consent, privacy and ownership for such studies are not keeping pace with technological developments.”

The Register: DeepMind now has an ethics unit – which may have helped when it ate 1.6m NHS patient details

The Register: DeepMind now has an ethics unit – which may have helped when it ate 1.6m NHS patient details. “Google’s controversial DeepMind has created an ethics unit to “explore and understand” the real-world impacts of AI. The DeepMind Ethics & Society (DMES) group will be comprised of both full-time DeepMind employees and external fellows.”

Newswise: Scientists Want to Study Your Tweets; Is It Ethical?

Newswise: Scientists Want to Study Your Tweets; Is It Ethical?. “Did you know researchers are reading and analyzing your tweets and Facebook posts in the name of science? If so, how do you feel about it? If you feel unsettled, what would make you feel better? What’s legal and what’s not in the age of big-data research? And even if it is legal, is it ethical?”

Phys.org: Scientists call for consistent guidelines on social media use in research

Phys.org: Scientists call for consistent guidelines on social media use in research. “Scientists at the University of York have called for guidelines, informed by public opinion, to be made available to researchers who are considering using social media as a research tool. Whilst there has been much debate on the ethics of using social media posts in research, a comprehensive search of studies from around the globe only identified 11 that have explored the views of social media users on employing such research methods, and as few as six which considered the views of researchers.”

Wired: Hey, Computer Scientists! Stop Hating on the Humanities

Wired: Hey, Computer Scientists! Stop Hating on the Humanities “Computer science is wondrous. The problem is that many people in Silicon Valley believe that it is all that matters. You see this when recruiters at career fairs make it clear they’re only interested in the computer scientists; in the salary gap between engineering and non-engineering students; in the quizzical looks humanities students get when they dare to reveal their majors.”

The Guardian: Whatever happened to the DeepMind AI ethics board Google promised?

The Guardian: Whatever happened to the DeepMind AI ethics board Google promised? “Three years ago, artificial intelligence research firm DeepMind was acquired by Google for a reported £400m. As part of the acquisition, Google agreed to set up an ethics and safety board to ensure that its AI technology is not abused. The existence of the ethics board wasn’t confirmed at the time of the acquisition announcement, and the public only became aware of it through a leak to industry news site The Information. But in the years since, senior members of DeepMind have publicly confirmed the board’s existence, arguing that it is one of the ways that the company is trying to ‘lead the way’ on ethical issues in AI.”

Knight Foundation — AI In the Public Interest: How a New Fund Will Advance the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The Knight Foundation — AI In the Public Interest: How a New Fund Will Advance the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. “For Knight Foundation, and our deeply rooted belief that informed and engaged communities are essential to democracy, exploring artificial intelligence is a natural. Identifying the ethical issues in AI, helping determine who decides them, and engaging diverse perspectives is the way we’ll make the most of AI’s potential to benefit society – and minimize its potential harm. A group of foundations, investors and academic institutions are joining in this unique collaboration, called the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund.”