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Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’

Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s findings, released on Monday in the report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?”

Source: Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’ | Technology | The Guardian

The privacy pro’s guide to explainability in machine learning

With the GDPR’s implementation date looming, there has been much discussion about whether the regulation requires a “right to an explanation” from machine learning models.

Regardless of the regulation’s effects on machine learning, however, the practical implications of attempting to explain machine learning models presents significant difficulties.

Source: The privacy pro’s guide to explainability in machine learning

Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Here’s how we’ll fix our massive data privacy problems

The firm has faced backlash following revelations that data from 87 million users was shared with research firm Cambridge Analytica.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the changes and controversy in a press call Wednesday, stating that the firm was aggressively fighting the misuse of data, using artificial intelligence (AI) to fight online trolls and more. He also noted on the call that Facebook will have 20,000 employees working on security by the end of the year.

Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Here’s how we’ll fix our massive data privacy problems – TechRepublic

You’re Never Going To Read That Privacy Policy. Could AI Help?

It’s a common quip about privacy policies: They’re so complex, you need a law degree to understand them.

A team at Carnegie Mellon took it to heart. Led by professor Norman Sadeh, the group asked law students to annotate more than 100 privacy policies from companies like Google and Facebook–putting their legalese into relatively plain language. Then, Sadeh’s team used their work to train an AI to do the same thing for 7,000 other privacy policies, effectively creating a searchable database that lays out these policies in clear terms. On their new portal, anyone can explore these Cliff’s Notes to common apps and websites, which are even rated by the grade level of their language.

Source: You’re Never Going To Read That Privacy Policy. Could AI Help?

China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those who used expired tickets or smoked on trains, according to two statements issued on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website on Friday.

Source: China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains

The increasing use of artificial intelligence is stoking privacy concerns in China

As artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies become more prevalent, a survey has found that three out of four people in China are worried about the threat that AI poses to their privacy, challenging the popular notion that the Chinese care little about giving up personal data.

State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) and Tencent Research surveyed 8.000 respondents on their attitudes toward AI as part of CCTV’s China Economic Life Survey. The results show that 76.3 per cent see certain forms of AI as a threat to their privacy, even as they believe that AI holds much development potential and will permeate different industries. About half of the respondents said that they believe AI is already affecting their work life, while about a third see AI as a threat to their jobs.

Source: The increasing use of artificial intelligence is stoking privacy concerns in China  | South China Morning Post

UK government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

Stemming the tide of extremist online content has been a major focus for tech giants in recent times, but despite their efforts, the UK parliament has condemned companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for “consciously failing” to take robust enough action.

To mitigate the problem, the Home Office has developed its own AI program that can detect Islamic State (IS) propaganda online with a 99.99 percent success rate.

Source: UK government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

The tyranny of algorithms is part of our lives

Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next.

For the past couple of years a big story about the future of China has been the focus of both fascination and horror. It is all about what the authorities in Beijing call “social credit”, and the kind of surveillance that is now within governments’ grasp. The official rhetoric is poetic.

According to the documents, what is being developed will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.

Source: The tyranny of algorithms is part of our lives: soon they could rate everything we do | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian

AI, Personalization, and Privacy: Top Tech Trends

The promise of AI is evident, but what happens to information professionals and, more broadly, the economy, as AI applications continue to expand into new fields and automate tasks that have traditionally required active human engagement? And what are the ethical implications? Could corporations or government institutions use AI to determine a person’s eligibility for health insurance or Medicaid, or to determine what type of prison sentence a person is given following a trial? What role will humans play?

Source: AI, Personalization, and Privacy: Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2018

AI needs to embrace trust, respect, and privacy

TechRepublic spoke to IBM’s Rob High about the ethical, privacy, and security obstacles that artificial intelligence has to overcome.

IBM Watson CTO Rob High has done a lot of thinking about the privacy, security, and ethical implications of artificial intelligence. He presented some of those ideas at Mobile World Congress 2018, and we talked to him about some of his key findings.

Source: IBM Watson CTO: The 3 ethical principles AI needs to embrace – TechRepublic

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