The Mozilla Technology Fund Bias and Transparency in AI Awards 2021 are now accepting applications.
The Mozilla Technology Fund promotes initiatives that reveal aspects of how artificial intelligence (AI) systems function, with the goal of reducing bias and increasing openness in AI systems.
They want to finance initiatives that will enable watchdogs (such as engineers and journalists) to hold AI system creators responsible and provide them with tools to decrease bias and promote transparency.
For years, bias has been identified as one of the most significant dangers associated with deploying AI systems at scale.
People whose access to economic opportunity, social connection, education, and banking is increasingly mediated by these systems suffer real-world damages as a result of systemic bias and bias in training data.
AI transparency and documentation best practices must be created as a tool to help unleash responsibility, agency, and fairness in artificial intelligence systems.
Award for Mozilla Technology Fund Bias and Transparency
They will reward open source technology initiatives up to $50,000 USD each through the MTF: Bias and Transparency in AI Awards.
Eligibility for Mozilla Technology Fund Bias and Transparency
Except where legally forbidden, all candidates are welcome, regardless of geographic location or institutional affiliation.
Mozilla is particularly interested in hearing from members of the Global Majority or Global South; Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color; women, transgender, non-binary, and/or gender-diverse applicants; migrant and diasporic communities; and/or people from climate-displaced or impacted communities, among other groups. All such applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
Have a functional prototype or product in hand—projects that have not progressed beyond the concept stage will not be considered.
Have a core team in place to help with the project’s development (this team might include software engineers that work closely with AI researchers, designers, product/project managers, and subject matter experts).
As an approach, embrace openness, transparency, and community stewardship.
Publish their work under an open-source license.
What they are Looking for:
The Bias and Transparency in AI Awards, they believe, will help a wide range of software projects (including utilities and frameworks), data sets, tools, and design approaches.
They will not accept proposals for policy or research projects (however software projects that leverage, support, or magnify policy and research activities, such as bias metrics and statistical analyses transformed into easy-to-use and interpret software implementations, will be considered).
They can think of the following projects as examples:
Projects that assist reveal aspects of how AI systems in consumer technology goods function, the prejudice that may be there, and/or how to prevent bias in these systems.
Tools to aid developers in understanding and identifying bias in datasets and AI systems.
Components that enable developers to provide consumers additional insight into the inner workings of AI systems.
Tools for identifying, understanding, and mitigating bias in publicly available datasets.
Applicants should expect to hear back within eight weeks of completing an application; if you have any concerns, please email [email protected] On November 4, 2021, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time, applications will close (UTC-4).