AffinityWorkshop

Queer in AI

Ti John, William Agnew, Alex Markham, Manu Saraswat, Raphael Gontijo Lopes

Abstract:

The quickly advancing field of machine learning is exciting but raises complex ethical and social questions. How can we best use AI for varying applications while avoiding discrimination and lack of sensitivity to its users? Particularly, queer users of machine learning systems can fall victim to these often discriminatory, biased, and insensitive algorithms. In addition, there is a fundamental tension between the queer community, which defies categorization and reduction, and the current ubiquitous use of machine learning to categorize and reduce people. We want to raise awareness of these issues among the research community. But in order to do so, we need to make sure that the queer community is comfortable among their peers both in the lab and at conferences.

Our survey data shows that well over half of the queer attendees at ICML and NeurIPS are not publicly out, and while we can see a slow improvement in how welcome queer attendees are feeling, we want to see this encouraging trend continue and make queer researchers feel that they can bring their whole selves to these conferences. The most commonly cited obstacles to this were lack of community and lack of role models. We have been working with conference organizers and the queer community to move towards these goals. By organizing this workshop we will give queer people at ICML a visible community as well as highlight role models in the form of openly queer speakers in high-profile, senior roles.

We focus on two topics: first, any struggles of queer researchers are multiplied for those who are also members of black and minority ethnic communities and/or from non-"Western" countries, and we want to focus on how we can engage and live solidarity with global queer communities.

Second, we believe the first step for creating more diverse and inclusive algorithms is talking about the problems and increasing the visibility of queer people in the machine learning community. By bringing together both queer people and allies, we can start conversations around biases in data and how these algorithms can have a negative impact on the queer community, and we want to discuss the intersection of AI policy and queer privacy.

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Schedule

Mon 2:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
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Joint Affinity Groups Poster Session with LatinX in AI and Women in ML in Gather.town

Gather.town link: https://gather.town/a7rD0IqHvR5e63cg/affinitygroupsposters

ICML registration required to enter.

Entry is first-come-first-serve. If at first you are not able to enter, check back again, as people will be coming in and out of the Gather.town space, just like any in-person space.

If you join the poster session, please fill in our check-in survey! Thanks :-)

Tue 7:55 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

For each of our events this week that you join, please fill in our check-in survey! Many thanks :-)

Tue 8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Intro (Talk)
Ti John
Tue 8:10 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  

"I'd like to pose the question of whether it is important to meet and organise as Queer in AI (or any of the other community groups we belong to). This question will take a path of asking what it means 'to queer' our field of machine learning, by critiquing its technical values. This queering of our field allows us to both question the path of technological change we are contributing to, as well as the forms those contributions might take. Going from technical frameworks in machine learning, a history of queer activism, and thinking about the role of inclusion and solitude, I'd like to weave a story of of criticism and connection, and of the ways that we can create collective strength. It is by drawing on this strength that I believe we can demonstrate the types of alternative community that are already possible, and continue our work to develop the future technology that supports greater wellbeing for everyone."

Shakir Mohamed
Tue 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

A conversation about angelic troublemakers, queer responses to our changing world, and the role of queerness in technology and AI.

Shakir Mohamed, Bisi Alimi
Tue 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Engagement and Solidarity with Global Queer Communities (Panel Discussion)
Raphael Gontijo Lopes, Bisi Alimi, Cuchi Gezahegn, Ida Momennejad, Tan Zhi-Xuan
Tue 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

If you'd like to talk to our sponsors, you can get in touch with them on the following URLs:

Tue 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Identifying as "Queer" not only reclaims a slur but acknowledges and embraces how we must move through the world: queerly, weirdly, outside of the lines. What toll does it take to consistently have to walk outside of the lines, and yet what experiences does it give us that we wouldn't trade for anything?

Manuel Sabin
Tue 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
AI Policy and Queer Privacy (Panel Discussion)
Jevan Hutson, Alex Hanna, Manuel Sabin, kade crockford
Tue 12:10 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.

2-min sponsor presentations from Apple, Deep Mind, Google AI, Nvidia, and Microsoft

Tue 12:10 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Outro / move to discussion groups (Talk)
Ti John
Tue 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Open discussion in Zoom breakout rooms on various topics:

Stephen Molldrem, Olivia Guest, Mustafa Hussain, Luke Stark, Jevan Hutson, Alex Hanna
Wed 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Interact with other attendees and sponsors in a virtual world, videochat with those near you, using the Gather.town platform. The time hopefully works for everyone from the Americas to Africa!

Link to join: https://gather.town/0oyXAHukFb7CBMdT/ICML-QAI-Social -- by joining you agree to abide by the Queer in AI Code of Conduct.

If you join the social, please fill in our check-in survey! Thanks :-)

Alex Markham, Ti John
Thu 12:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Re-streaming of Tuesday's first block, with live text chat (Rocketchat).

Thu 2:30 a.m. - 2:50 a.m.

Talk to our sponsors:

Google AI - http://meet.google.com/ask-raxi-kho Apple - https://icml.cc/ExpoConferences/2020/Sponsorpage?id=185

Thu 2:50 a.m. - 4:10 a.m.

Re-streaming of Tuesday's second block, with live text chat (Rocketchat).

Thu 4:10 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
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Open discussion in Zoom breakout rooms, e.g. on * Engagement and Solidarity with Global Queer Communities * AI Policy and Queer Privacy * General chat

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Shakir Mohamed, Cuchi Gezahegn, Ti John
Sat 12:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Interact with other attendees and sponsors in a virtual world, videochat with those near you, using the Gather.town platform. The time hopefully works for everyone from Africa to Asia.

Link to join: https://gather.town/0oyXAHukFb7CBMdT/ICML-QAI-Social -- by joining you agree to abide by the Queer in AI Code of Conduct.

If you join the social, please fill in our check-in survey! Thanks :-)

Alex Markham, Melvin Selim Atay, Manu Saraswat