Designing ethically with AI: How Wikimedia can harness machine learning in a responsible and human-centered way

Foundation Research Technology

The past few years have seen an explosion of journalism, scholarship, and advocacy around the topic of ethical AI. This attention reflects a growing recognition that technology companies often fail to put the needs of the people who use machine learning (or “AI”) technology, and of society as a whole, ahead of their business goals.….

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Can machine learning uncover Wikipedia’s missing “citation needed” tags?

Research Wikipedia

One of the key mechanisms that allows Wikipedia to maintain its high quality is the use of inline citations. Through citations, readers and editors make sure that information in an article accurately reflects its source. As Wikipedia’s verifiability policy mandates, “material challenged or likely to be challenged, and all quotations, must be attributed to a….

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To bridge Peru’s digital divide, these researchers are taking Wikipedia offline

Community Interview Research Wikipedia

For many years, the Wikimedia Foundation’s vision statement has asked us to imagine how the world would be changed if every single person on Earth had access to the “sum of all knowledge”—but because Wikipedia is a web project, only those with internet access could reach that knowledge. That’s left billions behind. Anne Nelson, who….

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Research directions towards the Wikimedia 2030 strategy

Communications Research

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Research team has published a set of white papers that outline our plans and priorities for the next 5 years. These white papers, which were developed collaboratively by all members of the team, reflect our thinking about the kind of research that will be necessary to further the 2030 Wikimedia strategic direction….

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Mitigating biases in artificial intelligences—the Wikipedian way

Foundation Research

The great potential of AI: Scaling wiki-work At Wikimedia, AIs help us support quality control work, task routing, and other critical infrastructures for maintaining Wikipedia and other Wikimedia wikis. To make it easier to support wiki-work with AIs, we built and maintain ORES, an open AI service that provides several types of machine predictions to….

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For these academic journals, Wikipedia isn’t a bug—it’s a feature

Community Research Wikiversity

Wikimedia, especially Wikipedia, hasn’t always had the best of relationships with academia. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s a trio of Wikimedia academic journals that are now accepting submissions: the WikiJournal of Medicine, Science, and Humanities. All are run on a traditional academic journal model, including an extensive peer review process by….

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A lock and chain hold a gate shut.

How many Wikipedia references are available to read? We measured the proportion of open access sources across languages and topics.

Foundation Research Wikipedia

Let’s say you’re planning a trip to a subtropical region and you want to learn about available vaccines for yellow fever. You look up the English Wikipedia article. You’re lucky to find a well-sourced section, with a wealth of references, many of them pointing to information from public health agencies and reputable news articles. Great!….

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Understanding workflows of Wikimedia editors

Community Foundation Research

Wikipedia exists because of a vast army of people who work alone and in concert. The amazing work of these volunteer editors in making Wikipedia is a complex world of interactions, processes, and activities. They range across the whole work of donating content, including editing, fixing things, adding media, and many other ways. Collectively, these….

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Wikimedia joins Partnership on AI to promote more equitable use of intelligent systems

Communications Foundation Research

The Wikimedia Foundation has joined the Partnership on AI, an organization that brings together academics, researchers, civil society organizations, companies building and utilizing AI technology, and other groups working to better understand AI’s impacts. The Partnership on AI brings together both commercial and nonprofit organizations to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies. Their….

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Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2018

From the archives Wikimedia Research Newsletter

Contents “On the Self-similarity of Wikipedia Talks: a Combined Discourse-analytical and Quantitative Approach” “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information” Conferences and events WMF research showcase “Conversations Gone Awry: Detecting Early Signs of Conversational Failure” Case studies in the appropriation of ORES Other recent publications References “On the Self-similarity of Wikipedia Talks: a Combined….

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