Forgetting Practices in the Data Sciences

Muller, Michael and Strohmayer, Angelika (2022) Forgetting Practices in the Data Sciences. In: CHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings . ACM, New York, NY, United States, pp. 1-19. ISBN 9781450391573

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HCI engages with data science through many topics and themes. Researchers have addressed biased dataset problems, arguing that bad data can cause innocent software to produce bad outcomes. But what if our software is not so innocent? What if the human decisions that shape our data-processing software, inadvertently contribute their own sources of bias? And what if our data-work technology causes us to forget those decisions and operations? Based in feminisms and critical computing, we analyze forgetting practices in data work practices. We describe diverse beneficial and harmful motivations for forgetting. We contribute: (1) a taxonomy of data silences in data work, which we use to analyze how data workers forget, erase, and unknow aspects of data; (2) a detailed analysis of forgetting practices in machine learning; and (3) an analytic vocabulary for future work in remembering, forgetting, and erasing in HCI and the data sciences.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ACM CHI 2022 30/04/22 → 5/05/22 New Orleans, LA, United States
Uncontrolled Keywords: datasets, gaze detection, neural networks, text tagging
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 09:23
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 09:30

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