Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Language Technologies

full-day Workshop at LREC 2022, Marseille June 24, 2022

About the Workshop

LEGAL 2022

In recent years the use of deep learning technologies for language resources on the one hand and the demand for high quality data interactions on the other raises the need for data collections of interaction resources.

These data, despite their intangible nature, may be subject to legal constraints which need to be addressed in order to guarantee lawful access to the data. The legal framework takes time to reform, and therefore law is always lagging behind the technology. In recent years, considerable efforts have been made to adapt the legal framework to the advancements in technology while taking into account the interests of various stakeholders.

From the technological perspective the strict consideration of legal aspects imposes further questions besides pure recording technology and participant consent. How can identifying information be removed or anonymized, how reliable are predictions/models based on these data? What is the IPR status of models derived from language data, and is the very process of deriving such models within the ambit of IPR? Which impact does this have on the usability, computational costs?

The purpose of this workshop will be the attempt to build bridges between technology and legal experts and discuss current legal and ethical issues in the human language technology sector.

What to submit?

1500-2000 words extended abstracts (by 8 April 2022) are needed at first for submission. The full papers will be published as workshop proceedings along with the LREC main conference by ELRA. For these, the instructions of LREC need to be followed.

SUBMIT Extended Abstract

Topics of interest include:

Privacy and data protection
Ethics in multi-modal, sensorial data collection
Ethics in annotation (crowd-sourced) of private data
Copyright and other intellectual property rights
Public Sector Information
Open Science Policies
Industry 4.0 and Language Resources Technologies
Legal and technical Issues around anonymisation & pseudonomization
Transparency and explicability in Machine Learning
Ethics in Affective, Behavioral, and Social Computing
Nudging and manipulation with machines
Human-machine interaction for vulnerable populations
Freedom of information

Important Dates

LEGAL2022 Workshop Day: 24 June 2022

8 April 2022

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts

3 May 2022

Notification of acceptance

20 Mai 2022

Submission of final version of accepted papers


will be updated after the submission of final accepted papers

Organizers and Contact

Ingo Siegert, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany

Khalid Choukri, ELRA/ELDA, France

Mickaël Rigault, ELRA/ELDA, France

Andreas Nautsch, ISCA SIG SPSC, Germany

Pawel Kamocki, IDS Mannheim, Germany

Andreas Witt, IDS Mannheim, Germany

Krister Linden, University of Helsinki, Finland