Critical Tools for Machine Learning or CritML is a project that brings together critical intersectional feminist theory and machine learning systems design. The goal of the project is to provide ways to work with critical theoretical concepts that are rooted in intersectional feminist, anti-racist, post/de-colonial research and actualize them in machine learning (ML) systems design. The project is also explicitly grounded in new materialist theoretical perspective and understands machine learning systems and their design as sociotechnical processes.
CritML consists (so far) of a series of workshops that explore concepts of “situated knowledges/situating”, “figurations/figuring”, “diffraction” and “critical fabulation/speculation” and work with them as guiding principles in ML systems design. These workshops open pathways to designing more inclusive, contextualized and accountable ML systems, and reframe their design as a transdisciplinary, contextualized process.
CritML is a work-in-progress led by interdisciplinary researchers from Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems at the University of Kassel, Germany, in collaboration with Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London, UK.