Last week the Wikimedia Foundation quietly participated in a forum on Artificial Intelligence [Wayback], “Wiki AI: Looking Under the Hood of Applying Ethics to Machine Learning”, that included the topic of moderation.
“Representatives from Wikimedia provided insight into the values of the Foundation and how engineers strive to develop new tools in line with Wikimedia’s commitment to openness and transparency. Key topics included how Wikimedia balances the accuracy of its content against concerns of entrenching bias through automated editing, ensuring that Wikimedia remains a human-centered platform while also enabling new workflows, and deploying tools in a way that respects the existing community while also making editing and moderation a more inclusive process.”
The event page linked to an essay on augmentation tools (stuff like Twinkle, Cluebot for vandalism, ORES for article assessment, and the translation tool) that appears to be part of the strategy process.
So who are these people?
The “Tech Institute”, if I am not mistaken, is the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law.
The Center for Democracy & Technology is a non-profit concerned with privacy and with ties to the EFF.
Amanda Levendowski (red link) is “an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown and the founding Director of the Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic.” Profile here, sample blog post about AI and privacy here.
Oddly enough, on the same day, there was an event across town, “The Nuts and Bolts of Content Moderation: The Myths of Moderation” that also featured participation by the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Panelists were Neil Chilson, Charles Koch Institute (yes, *that* Koch); Carl Szabo, NetChoice (pro-section 230); Clara Tsao, Mozilla Fellow (counter terrorist propaganda/disinformation); Liz Woolery, Center for Democracy and Technology
There were three parts to the series, this was part two. Part one was “Platforms Behind the Scenes“; panelists were Mara Giorgio, Airbnb (Senior Counsel, Risk & Regulatory); Sherwin Siy, Wikimedia; Victoria McCullough, Tumblr; Kate Tummarello, Engine. Not sure why Tummaello’s profile is down, here is the cache:
Part 3 was “How the Internet Works”. Panelists: Althea Erickson, Etsy; Erica Fox, Cloudflare; Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law; Kevin Koehler, Automattic (WordPress censorship in Turkey).