What is NLP for Social Good?
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Note that we intentionally do not provide a definition of "social good," to avoid biasing the opinions of the survey respondents.
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When talking about NLP for Social Good (NLP4SG), in your opinion, how aware is the NLP research community of the social impact of NLP?
Concerningly not aware
How much potential do you think NLP has in bringing social good in the long run?
In the long run, NLP can play a critical role to help solve a large number of social problems
In the long run, NLP will benefit *some* social problems (outweighing its negative impact)
In the long run, NLP’s positive impact will almost be as much as its negative impact
In the long run, NLP’s positive impact will be outweighted by its negative impact
(Question 1) As far as you know, what are some current NLP topics that have social good impact? Please list one per line, following the format "<Topic>: <Type of Social Good Impact>" (please try to list two or more; "N/A" if you are not aware of any)
(1a) What are some representative references for NLP for social good? E.g., specific papers, tutorials, talks, researchers, etc. Please list one per line following the format "<Reference>: <Type of Social Good Impact>" (please try to list two or more; "N/A" if you are not aware of any)
(Question 2) As far as you know, what are some research directions with potential negative social impact or dual use that you believe should not be/have been pursued? Why, and at what level they should not be pursued (research; application in practice; etc.)? Please list one per line following the format "<Topic>: <Type of Potential Negative Impact>" (please try to list two or more; "N/A" if you are not aware of any)
(Question 3) What social good applications do you think the NLP community should consider? Please list them one per line. To the extent possible, please order them from most important to least important. ("N/A" if you are not aware of any)
(Question 4) When reading an NLP paper, what criteria do you use to evaluate the potential of the research described to have positive vs. negative impact, or large vs. small impact? E.g., do you consider application cases, the researchers conducting the research, etc.
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Your main research areas (click all that apply)
Ethics in NLP
Information Retrieval and Text Mining
Interpretability and Analysis of Models for NLP
Linguistic theories, Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics
Machine Learning for NLP
Machine Translation and Multilinguality
NLP Applications, Computational Social Science and Cultural Analytics
Question Answering, Dialogue and Interactive Systems
Semantics: Lexical; Phonology, Morphology and Word Segmentation
Semantics: Sentence-level Semantics, Textual Inference and Other areas
Sentiment Analysis, Stylistic Analysis, and Argument Mining
Speech and Multimodality; Language Grounding to Vision, Robotics and Beyond
Text Generation (e.g., Summarization, Data-to-Text Generation, Text Style Transfer, etc.)
Syntax: Tagging, Chunking and Parsing; Discourse and Pragmatics
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What career stage are you in? (Choose all that apply)
(Academia) Undergraduate student
(Academia) Master student
(Academia) PhD student
(Academia) Professor, research scientist, etc.
(Industry) Junior researcher
(Industry) Senior researcher
(Industry) Other roles
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Number of years you have been engaged in NLP research. Please round to the nearest integer. ("N/A" if prefer not to disclose)
Country where you currently work in ("N/A" if prefer not to disclose)
Country of origin ("N/A" if prefer not to disclose)
Gender ("N/A" if prefer not to disclose)
Black or African
Hispanic or Latino
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