Ethical Issues in Language Resources and Language Technology – Tentative Categorisation

Pawel Kamocki, Andreas Witt


Abstract
Ethical issues in Language Resources and Language Technology are often invoked, but rarely discussed. This is at least partly because little work has been done to systematize ethical issues and principles applicable in the fields of Language Resources and Language Technology. This paper provides an overview of ethical issues that arise at different stages of Language Resources and Language Technology development, from the conception phase through the construction phase to the use phase. Based on this overview, the authors propose a tentative taxonomy of ethical issues in Language Resources and Language Technology, built around five principles: Privacy, Property, Equality, Transparency and Freedom. The authors hope that this tentative taxonomy will facilitate ethical assessment of projects in the field of Language Resources and Language Technology, and structure the discussion on ethical issues in this domain, which may eventually lead to the adoption of a universally accepted Code of Ethics of the Language Resources and Language Technology community.
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2022.lrec-1.59
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Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
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June
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2022
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Marseille, France
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association
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559–563
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https://aclanthology.org/2022.lrec-1.59
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Pawel Kamocki and Andreas Witt. 2022. Ethical Issues in Language Resources and Language Technology – Tentative Categorisation. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, pages 559–563, Marseille, France. European Language Resources Association.
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