Thursday, August 18, 2022

NCCoE Releases Draft Project Description for Mitigating AI Bias

Comment Now: NCCoE Draft Project Description for Mitigating AI Bias 

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new draft project description, Mitigating AI/ML Bias in Context: Establishing Practices for Testing, Evaluation, Verification, and Validation of AI Systems. Publication of this project description begins a process to solicit public comments for the project requirements, scope, and hardware and software components for use in a laboratory environment.

We want your feedback on this draft to help refine the project. The comment period is now open and will close on September 16, 2022.

To tackle the complex problem of mitigating AI bias, this project will adopt a comprehensive socio-technical approach to testing, evaluation, verification, and validation (TEVV) of AI systems in context. This approach will connect the technology to societal values in order to develop guidance for recommended practices in deploying automated decision-making supported by AI/ML systems. A small but novel part of this project will be to look at the interplay between bias and cybersecurity and how they interact with each other.

The initial phase of the project will focus on a proof-of-concept implementation for credit underwriting decisions in the financial services sector. We intend to consider other application use cases, such as hiring and school admissions, in the future. This project will result in a freely available NIST SP 1800 Series Practice Guide.

Upcoming Workshop Update

Earlier this month, we announced a hybrid workshop on Mitigating AI Bias in Context on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The workshop will now be virtual only via WebEx and will provide an opportunity to discuss this topic and work towards finalizing this project description. You can register by clicking on the above workshop link. We hope to see you there! 

We Want to Hear from You!

The public comment period for this draft is open through September 16, 2022. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments.

We value and welcome your input and look forward to your comments.

Comment Now!