Natural Language Processing and its Impact on Personal Privacy

Date: 1 April 2015

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Room B.002 - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Faculty of Arts

Short description: Masterclass by Prof Eduard Hovy (Carnegie Mellon University), recipient of the Honorary Doctorate 2015 of the Faculty of Arts

Over its 60-year history, the processing of human language by computer has grown into a multi-million dollar research and  some of the popular applications of Natural Language Processing (NLP) used throughout societies across the world are automated (machine) translation, web search, speech-to-text recognition, automated dialogue systems, question answering, automated text summarizers, etc.  

Alongside its versatility and utility, however, NLP also has its troubling side: impinging on human privacy. When government agencies use speech recognition and topic spotting to monitor telephone conversations, or corporations use web search records and/or information extraction to monitor how people interact with the web or on social media, or researchers apply computational stylometrics to discover the identity of pseudonymous authors, there is the danger that information is gathered about individuals without their knowledge.  In this talk I discuss the various ways in which NLP can be (and has been) used and misused. 

Registration: Registration through website required