Legal and ethical challenges in multimedia research

Vivek K. Singh, Mireille Hildebrandt, Elisabeth André, David A. Shamma, Susanne Boll, Tat Seng Chua

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Multimedia research has now moved beyond laboratory experiments and is rapidly being deployed in real-life applications including advertisements, social interaction, search, security, automated driving, and healthcare. Hence, the developed algorithms now have a direct impact on the individuals using the abovementioned services and the society as a whole. While there is a huge potential to benefit the society using such technologies, there is also an urgent need to identify the checks and balances to ensure that the impact of such technologies is ethical and positive. This panel will bring together an array of experts who have experience collecting large-scale datasets, building multimedia algorithms, and deploying them in practical applications, as well as, a lawyer whose eyes have been on the fundamental rights at stake. They will lead a discussion on the ethics and lawfulness of dataset creation, licensing, privacy of individuals represented in the datasets, algorithmic transparency, algorithmic bias, explainability, and the implications of application deployment. Through an interactive process engaging the audience, the panel hopes to: increase the awareness of such concepts in the multimedia research community; initiate a discussion on community guidelines all for setting the future direction of conducting multimedia research in a lawful and ethical manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMM 2019 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368896
StatePublished - Oct 15 2019
Event27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2019 - Nice, France
Duration: Oct 21 2019Oct 25 2019

Publication series

NameMM 2019 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia


Conference27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science(all)


  • Accountability
  • Ethics
  • Fairness
  • Law
  • Multimedia
  • Transparency


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