What do we mean by “internet health?”
We need to move towards a world of AI that is helpful — rather than harmful — to human beings. For us, this means two things: human agency is a core part of how AI is built and integrated and corporate accountability is real and enforced.
The need for this work is urgent. Daily, concerning stories hit the news about the effects of AI, big data and targeted marketing; and time and again we read that the public is losing trust in big tech yet doesn’t have any alternatives.
Many of us do not yet fully understand how AI regularly touches our lives and feel powerless in the face of these systems. At Mozilla we’re dedicated to making sure that we all understand that we can and must have a say in when machines are used to make important decisions – and shape how those decisions are made.
Fellow Renee DiResta has been key in shifting misinfo conversation from ‘fake news’ to ‘free speech does not equal free reach.’ Companies have responded: Pinterest stopped sharing vaccination search results & Facebook has started promoting WHO info with vaccine posts.
For our #YouTubeRegrets campaign we collected YouTube users’ stories about the platform’s recommendation engine leading them down bizarre and sometimes dangerous pathways. This work was catalyzed by our own research on trustworthy AI; stories in the media; and by YouTube engineers who have spoken out.
Fellow Dave Gehring’s ‘Meridio Project’ seeks to create a viable economic framework to support journalism outside the current surveillance-based ad model. He’s established the interest and documented the needs among publishers, and will now move to build the platform that would deliver services.