Call For Papers
Second Call for Papers
Second Workshop on Ethics in Natural Language Processing
NAACL 2018, New Orleans 
June 5 2018

     NLP is a rapidly maturing field. NLP technologies now play a role in business applications and decision processes that affect billions of people on a daily basis. However, increasing amounts of data and computational power also mean increased responsibility and new questions for researchers and practitioners.

This one-day, interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in NLP with researchers in the humanities, social sciences, public policy, and law to identify and discuss some of the most pressing issues surrounding ethics in NLP, for example:

Are we inadvertently building unfair biases into our data sets and models?
What information is ethical to infer from user data?
How can we prioritize accountability and transparency? What are the big-picture ethical consequences and implications of our work?

The workshop consists of:
   • Invited talks (given by researchers in NLP but also in AI, philosophy, the social sciences, or law);
   • Contributed talks and posters;
   • Panel discussions with NLP researchers, ethicists, lawyers, and industry practitioners.

We invite submissions on any area of NLP that touches on the following topics:

   • Bias in NLP models (e.g., reporting bias, implicit bias).
   • Exclusion and inclusion (e.g., exclusion of certain groups or beliefs, how/when to include stakeholders and representatives for the user population to be served).
   • Overgeneralization (e.g., making false classifications on tasks including authorship attribution, NER, knowledge base population).
   • Exposure (e.g., underrepresentation/overrepresentation of languages or groups).
   • Dual use (e.g., the positive and negative aspects of NLP applications, the close relationship between government and industry interests and NLP research).
   • Privacy protection (e.g., anonymization of biomedical documents, best practices for researchers in industry to ensure the privacy of their users’ data, educating the public about how much industry and government may know
about them, privacy protection for data annotated with non-linguistic features such as emotion).
   • Any other topic which concerns ethical considerations in NLP.

All submissions are due March 15, 23:59 Hawaiian time, through the START system:

Papers need to adhere to the ACL format and can be maximally 4 (short) or 8 (long) pages long. Note that we offer an option for non-archival submissions, which will not be included in the proceedings.

Organizing Committee:
Mark Alfano, Delft University of Technology
Dirk Hovy, Bocconi University
Margaret Mitchell, Google Research and Machine Intelligence
Michael Strube, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies


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