Nick Vincent

PhD student in the People, Space, and Algorithms Research Group led by Dr. Brent Hecht

Research interests: Human-centered Machine Learning, Responsible AI, Human-computer Interaction (HCI), Social Computing

Current Affiliation

Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. program

(dual program in Computer Science and Communication)

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Contact + More Info

nickvincent@u.northwestern.edu

Twitter: @nickmvincent

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My research focuses on studying the dependence of modern computing technologies, including the broad set of systems called "AI", on human-generated data, with the goal of mitigating negative impacts of these technologies. I am especially interested in research that (1) makes people aware of the value of their data and (2) helps people leverage the value of their data. My work relates to concepts such as "data dignity", "data as labor", "data leverage", and "data dividends". My research is rooted in the hypothesis that, with better-designed systems, AI can mitigate inequalities in wealth and power rather than exacerbate them.

News Coverage

  1. Wikipedia and search engines in Vox.

    Heilweil, R. June 2021. Got the same name as a serial killer? Google might think you’re the same person.

  2. Data dividends in Bloomberg.

    Coy, P. May 2021. Facebook and Others Should Pay Us for Our Data. Here’s One Way.

  3. Data leverage in the MIT Technology Review.

    Hao, K. March 2021. How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you.

  4. Data leverage in Fortune.

    Vanian, J. and Kahn, J. February 2021 Your data is a weapon that can help change corporate behavior. Also covered in the ACM TechNews.

  5. Data strikes in Quartz.

    Rivero, N. July 2020. Is it time for Netflix subscribers to go on strike?

  6. Value of Wikipedia in the New York Times.

    Herrman, J. March 2018. YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia. Also covered on the Northwestern Computer Science website.

Blog Posts

  1. GitHub Copilot and the Exploitation of “Data Labor”: A Wake-Up Call for the Tech Industry. July 2021.
  2. Apple Now Lets You Opt-Out of Tracking: Will This Give You More Influence Over Tech Companies? July 2021.
  3. A Casual Introduction to Public Goods and Collective Action Problems. June 2021.
  4. Powerful Technologies and Their Power Laws: Estimating Machine Learning Systems' Data Leverage Vulnerabilities. Last Updated April 2021.
  5. Why You’re an Expert "Language Model Trainer"! March 2021.
  6. Don’t give OpenAI all the credit for GPT-3: You might have helped create the latest “astonishing” advance in AI too. September 2020.
  7. "Data Strikes": A New Form of Leverage for Tech Users? Guest post on the Data Dividend Project blog. September 2020.

Multimedia

  1. (Podcast) Should Tech Companies Be Paying Us for Our Data? - Things Have Changed Podcast . November 2021.
  2. (Podcast) On Data Dividends - RadicalxChange Podcast. With Yakov Feygin and Matt Prewitt, May 2021.
  3. (Video) Data Agency: Individual or Shared? With Matt Prewitt, Kaliya Young, and Jennifer Lyn Morone, Jan 2021.
  4. (Video) Data Driven Economy for All - 2020 RxC Conference. With Hanlin Li, Yakov Feygin, and Brent Hecht. July 2020.

Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. [NeurIPS 2021 Datasets and Benchmarks Track]

    Bandy, J., and Vincent, N. 2021.

    Addressing 'Documentation Debt' in Machine Learning Research: A Retrospective Datasheet for BookCorpus. In NeurIPS 2021 Dataset Track.

    Link to arXiv
  2. [ICWSM 2021]

    Chowdhury, F.A., Liu, Y., Saha, K., Vincent, N. , Neves, L., Shah, N., and Bos, M.W. 2021.

    CEAM: The Effectiveness of Cyclic and Ephemeral Attention Models of User Behavior on Social Platforms. In Proceedings of the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM).

  3. [CSCW 2021]

    Vincent. N. and Hecht, B. 2021.

    A Deeper Investigation of the Importance of Wikipedia Links to Search Engine Results. In CSCW 2021 / PACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

  4. [CSCW 2021]

    Vincent. N. and Hecht, B. 2021.

    Can “Conscious Data Contribution” Help Users to Exert “Data Leverage” Against Technology Companies? In CSCW 2021 / PACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

  5. [CHI 2021]

    Saha, K., Liu, Y., Vincent, N. , Chowdhury, F.A., Neves, L., Shah, N., and Bos, M. 2021.

    AdverTiming Matters: Examining User Ad Consumption for Effective Ad Allocations on Social Media. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

  6. [FAccT 2021 (formerly FAT*)]

    Vincent, N. , Li, H., Tilly, N., Chancellor, S., Hecht, B. 2021.

    Data Leverage: A Framework for Empowering the Public in its Relationship with Technology Companies. In Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency.

  7. [CSCW 2019]

    Li, H. *, Vincent, N. *, Tsai, J., Kaye, J., and Hecht, B. 2019.

    How Do People Change Their Technology Use in Protest?: Understanding “Protest Users”. CSCW 2019 / PACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. * indicates equal contributions.

  8. [ICWSM 2019]

    Vincent, N., Johnson, I., Sheehan, P., and Hecht, B. 2019.

    Measuring the Importance of User-Generated Content to Search Engines. In AAAI ICWSM 2019.

  9. [The Web Conference 2019]

    Vincent, N., Hecht, B., and Sen, S. 2019.

    “Data Strikes”: Evaluating the Effectiveness of New Forms of Collective Action Against Technology Platforms. In The World Wide Web Conference (WWW '19).

    Link to ACM Digital Library (includes HTML version) | Link to PDF Preprint | Link to Archived code
  10. [CSCW 2018]

    Foong, E., Vincent, N., Hecht, B., and Gerber, E. 2018.

    Women (Still) Ask For Less: Gender Differences in Hourly Rate in an Online Labor Marketplace. ACM CSCW 2018.

  11. [CHI 2018]

    Vincent, N., Johnson, I., and Hecht, B. 2018.

    Examining Wikipedia with a Broader Lens: Quantifying the Value of Wikipedia's Relationships with Other Large-Scale Online Communities. In ACM CHI 2018.

    * Best paper award (top 1% of submissions)

Workshop Papers and Other Preprints

  1. [Collective Intelligence 2020 (non-archival) ]

    Vincent, N. and Hecht, B. 2020.

    Can “Conscious Data Contribution” Help Users to Exert “Data Leverage” Against Technology Companies? In ACM Collective Intelligence 2020.

  2. [WikiWorkshop 2020 (non-archival) ]

    Vincent, N. and Hecht, B. 2020.

    A Deeper Investigation of the Importance of Wikipedia Links to the Success of Search Engines. In WikiWorkshop 2020.

  3. [arXiv Preprint]

    Vincent, N., Li, Y., Zha, R. and Hecht, B., 2019.

    Mapping the Potential and Pitfalls of" Data Dividends" as a Means of Sharing the Profits of Artificial Intelligence. arXiv preprint arXiv:1912.00757.

    Link to arXiv
  4. [BIBM 2015 Workshop on Biomedical Visual Search and Deep Learning]

    Stier, N., Vincent, N. , Liebeskind, D. and Scalzo, F. 2015.

    Deep learning of tissue fate features in acute ischemic stroke. In Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM) 2015.

    Link to IEEE Explore
  5. [BIBM 2015 Workshop on Biomedical Visual Search and Deep Learning]

    Vincent, N., Stier, N., Yu, S., Liebeskind, D.S., Wang, D.J. and Scalzo, F. 2015.

    Detection of hyperperfusion on arterial spin labeling using deep learning. In Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM) 2015.

    Link to IEEE Explore