The computational inclusiveness and transparency of automatic information processing methods is a research topic that exhibited growing interest in the past years. In the era of digitized decision-making software where the push for artificial intelligence happens worldwide and at different strata of the socio-economic tissue, the consequences of biased, unexplainable and opaque methods for multimedia analysis and content retrieval, can be dramatic. In this context, the multimedia community must put together the necessary efforts in applying its expertise and know-how and investigate how to transform the current technical tools and methodologies so as to derive computational models that are transparent and inclusive. Furthermore, given the potential societal impact of multimedia technologies and their applications, we would like to encourage the community to gather around the topics of ethics in multimedia, and provide a common space for pitching and exploring new ideas in this field. Information processing is one of the fundamental pillars of multimedia, indeed automatic processing of information is used in every corner of our community. It is thus crucial to bring the notion of fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics into ACM MM.

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