Clippers Tuesday: Symon Stevens Guille and Taylor Mahler on Ethics in NLP

At Clippers on Tuesday, Symon Stevens Guille will be presenting joint work with Taylor Mahler on ethics in NLP; abstract below.

I will present the beginnings of a research project between myself and Taylor Mahler on ethical NLP and data management. I’ll discuss results from several recent papers in NLP, particularly on dialects, and sociolinguistic aspects of language use. I also review the result of Mahler et al (to appear), which illustrated several ways of fooling NLP systems into erroneously contradicting human-categorized sentiment. These results are complemented by case studies from media and civil rights investigations into the use, abuse, and (largely naive) processing of social media data by third parties, particularly the State.