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Towards intellectual freedom in an AI Ethics Global Community

Ebell, Christoph, Baeza-Yates, Ricardo, Benjamins, Richard, Cai, Hengjin, Coeckelbergh, Mark, Duarte, Tania, Hickok, Merve, Jacquet, Aurelie, Kim, Angela, Krijger, Joris, MacIntyre, John, Madhamshettiwar, Piyush, Maffeo, Lauren, Matthews, Jeanna, Medsker, Larry, Smith, Peter and Thais, Savannah (2021) Towards intellectual freedom in an AI Ethics Global Community. AI and Ethics, 1 (2). pp. 131-138. ISSN 2730-5953

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The recent incidents involving Dr. Timnit Gebru, Dr. Margaret Mitchell, and Google have triggered an important discussion
emblematic of issues arising from the practice of AI Ethics research. We ofer this paper and its bibliography as a resource to the global community of AI Ethics Researchers who argue for the protection and freedom of this research community. Corpo�rate, as well as academic research settings, involve responsibility, duties, dissent, and conficts of interest. This article is meant to provide a reference point at the beginning of this decade regarding matters of consensus and disagreement on how to enact AI Ethics for the good of our institutions, society, and individuals. We have herein identifed issues that arise at the intersection of information technology, socially encoded behaviors, and biases, and individual researchers’ work and responsibilities. We revisit some of the most pressing problems with AI decision-making and examine the difcult relationships between corporate interests and the early years of AI Ethics research. We propose several possible actions we can take collectively to support researchers throughout the feld of AI Ethics, especially those from marginalized groups who may experience even more bar�riers in speaking out and having their research amplifed. We promote the global community of AI Ethics researchers and the evolution of standards accepted in our profession guiding a technological future that makes life better for all.

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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 09:01
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Author: Christoph Ebell
Author: Ricardo Baeza-Yates
Author: Richard Benjamins
Author: Hengjin Cai
Author: Mark Coeckelbergh
Author: Tania Duarte
Author: Merve Hickok
Author: Aurelie Jacquet
Author: Angela Kim
Author: Joris Krijger
Author: John MacIntyre
Author: Piyush Madhamshettiwar
Author: Lauren Maffeo
Author: Jeanna Matthews
Author: Larry Medsker
Author: Peter Smith
Author: Savannah Thais

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