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5 AI policy questions our presidential candidates must address

Our 2020 presidential candidates will be questioned about their stance on artificial intelligence (AI) policy, especially with regard to the job displacement AI could cause in manufacturing, transportation, and other industries. An over-regulation of AI could hand technical superiority to countries like China and Russia, leading to a ripple effect on America’s GDP and even […]

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U.S. Senate votes to extend government surveillance tools for 77 days

(Reuters) — The U.S. Senate agreed on Monday to extend a set of government surveillance tools for 77 days, to allow lawmakers time to consider broader changes to the divisive domestic eavesdropping program. The Senate had been due to begin voting on Monday evening on a bill passed in the House of Representatives last week […]

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Washington Privacy Act fails in state legislature, again

For the second year running, lawmakers in the state of Washington again failed to pass sweeping data privacy legislation. The Washington Privacy Act or SB 6281, which is akin to GPDR in the European Union or CCPA in California, would have regulated public and private facial recognition use and required testing and training in the […]

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U.S. senators urge U.K. to reconsider using Huawei equipment

(Reuters) — Twenty Republican and Democratic U.S. senators came together on Tuesday to urge British lawmakers to reconsider their government’s decision to allow China’s Huawei to be among the suppliers for the country’s 5G mobile telephone network, the latest salvo in U.S. opposition to the plan. “Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed […]

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OECD on AI Policy Observatory launch: ‘The technology is not terribly well understood by policy makers’

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development has officially launched its AI Policy Observatory, a project whose mission is to share best practices around the creation of artificial intelligence regulations. The interactive website contains a wealth of information designed to help politicians and regulators stay on top of a rapidly evolving field. The AI Policy […]

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ICE warrantless facial recognition searches trigger Maryland bill

A few weeks ago, Maribel Cortez was at home in Rockville, Maryland with her five kids and husband when one of her kids opened the door. ICE officers then arrested her husband in front of them. “They didn’t give any explanation. It wasn’t until they were detaining him and putting him in the car that […]

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Only 15% of AI federal agencies use is highly sophisticated, according to Stanford and NYU report

More than 40% of U.S. federal agencies and departments have experimented with AI tools, but only 15% currently use highly sophisticated AI, according to analysis by Stanford University computer scientists published today in “Government by Algorithm,” a joint report from Stanford and New York University. “This is concerning because agencies will find it harder to […]

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EU’s new AI rules will focus on ethics and transparency

The European Union will release a new set of regulations for artificial intelligence this week that are expected to focus on transparency and oversight as a way to differentiate its approach from the United States and China. On Wednesday, EU tech chief Margrethe Vestager will unveil a wide-ranging plan designed to bolster the region’s competitiveness. […]

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Andrew Yang brought AI into American politics, and it isn’t going away

Andrew Yang ended his campaign Tuesday after a tepid showing in New Hampshire, bringing to an end what can be characterized as the only AI-first presidential campaign in U.S. history. Some will argue Yang’s campaign simply rose to prominence because of his support of a $1,000 universal basic income, but he outlasted and outperformed most […]

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U.S. Senators propose facial recognition moratorium for federal government

Two Democratic U.S. Senators today proposed legislation that requires a moratorium on facial recognition use by federal agencies, government employees, and law enforcement until a Congressional commission can act to recommend guidelines and place limits on use of the technology. The bill, titled named the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act, is being introduced today […]

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An AI regulation strategy that could really work

When even the companies developing AI themselves agree with the need for regulation, it is time to stop discussing abstract principles and get down to the business of how to regulate a rapidly advancing technology landscape. It is clear that our regulatory system needs an update. If we try to regulate 21st century technology and beyond with 20th century tools, we’ll get none […]

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U.S. Homeland Security has used facial recognition on over 43.7 million people

This morning in a hearing before House lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials detailed the administration’s use of facial recognition technologies across the country. It was the second such hearing to date — the first took place in July 2019 — and it followed less than a month after the agency’s […]

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Facebook proposes rules for its independent oversight board

(Reuters) — Facebook recommended rules on Tuesday for how its independent oversight board will work and said a former human rights group director will lead the board’s administrative staff. The content appeals board, which will grow to about 40 members and will be able to overrule Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the company’s […]

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Amazon asks court to pause Microsoft’s work on Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI contract

(Reuters) — Amazon said on Wednesday that it filed a motion in court to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft from carrying out an up to $10 billion cloud computing deal until a court rules on Amazon’s protest of the contract award. Amazon, originally considered to be the favorite to win the award, […]

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U.S. Senate committee tackles shortage of 5G tower climbers

While 5G cellular networks are beginning to spread across the United States, comprehensive rollouts of the next-generation technology are being held up by a significant shortage of professional installers — “tower climbers,” as they’re known in the trade — and there’s no immediate solution in sight. That’s the key takeaway from testimony delivered to the […]

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From Washington state to Washington DC, lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

Amid the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the start of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but it was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation. A bipartisan group in Congress […]

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EU mulls 5-year ban on facial recognition tech in public spaces

(Reuters) — The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters. The plan by the EU’s executive — set out in an 18-page white paper — comes amid a global […]

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