More ethical machine learning using model cards at Wikimedia

apply(conf) - May '22 - 10 minutes

First proposed by Mitchell et al. in 2018, model cards are a form of transparent reporting of machine learning models, their uses, and performance for public audiences. As part of a broader effort to strengthen our ethical approaches to machine learning at Wikimedia, we started implementing model cards for every model hosted by the Foundation. This talk is a description of our process, motivation, and lessons learned along the way.


Chris Albon

Director of Machine Learning

Wikimedia Foundation

Chris spent over a decade applying statistical learning, artificial intelligence, and software engineering to political, social, and humanitarian efforts. He is the Director of Machine Learning at the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, Chris was the Director of Data Science at Devoted Health, Director of Data Science at the Kenyan startup BRCK, cofounded the AI startup Yonder, created the data science podcast Partially Derivative, was the Director of Data Science at the humanitarian non-profit Ushahidi and was the director of the low-resource technology governance project at FrontlineSMS. Chris also wrote Machine Learning For Python Cookbook (O’Reilly 2018) and created Machine Learning Flashcards.

Chris earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis researching the quantitative impact of civil wars on health care systems. He earned a B.A. from the University of Miami, where he triple majored in political science, international studies, and religious studies.