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Workshop: Algorithmic Fairness through the Lens of Causality and Privacy

Tensions Between the Proxies of Human Values in AI

Teresa Datta · Daniel Nissani · Max Cembalest · Akash Khanna · Haley Massa · John Dickerson


Motivated by mitigating potentially harmful impacts of technologies, the AI community has formulated and accepted mathematical definitions for certain pillars of accountability: e.g. privacy, fairness, and model transparency. Yet, we argue this is fundamentally misguided because these definitions are imperfect, siloed constructions of the human values they hope to proxy, while giving the guise that those values are sufficiently embedded in our technologies. Under popularized methods, tensions arise when practitioners attempt to achieve each pillar of fairness, privacy, and transparency in isolation or simultaneously. In this paper, we push for redirection. We argue that the AI community needs to consider alternative formulations of these pillars based on the context in which technology is situated. By leaning on sociotechnical systems research, we can formulate more compatible, domain-specific definitions of our human values for building more ethical systems.

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