Twitter plans ethical community of hackers15. August 2021
New York, 8/15/2021
A researcher has found that Twitter’s photo cropping algorithm favors people with slimmer, younger-looking faces and lighter skin. Bogan Kulynych, a doctoral student studying privacy, security and AI at EPFL in Switzerland, received a $3,500 award for his discovery.
Twitter had sponsored the contest to find flaws in its “saliency” algorithm, which is used to crop photos in the Twitter feed. Twitter is one of several technology companies that offer “bug bounties” to outsiders who find vulnerabilities in their systems.
Rumman Chowdhury, Twitter’s director of ethics, transparency and accountability for machine learning, said the bounty programs motivate more people to get involved who “may not have the resources or free time.
She added that Twitter wants to build a “community of ethical AI hackers.”
Google has paid out $29 million to outsiders over the past decade for finding 11,055 security vulnerabilities in Android, Chrome and other Google products.