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Timnit Gebru’s team at Google is going public with their side of the story

Google employees who worked with Timnit Gebru are coming out publicly to dispute claims against the star AI ethics researcher.

On Monday, the team published a letter on the Google Walkout Medium account firmly stating that Gebru was fired and did not resign as Google’s head of artificial intelligence, Jeff Dean, said. They also said the publication review policy that Gebru was supposed to follow was applied “unevenly and discriminatorily.”

Source: Timnit Gebru’s team at Google is going public with their side of the story – The Verge

Google Researcher Fired For Paper on AI Bias

Timnit Gebru, a well-respected Google researcher, one of the few Black women in her field,  said she was fired by the company after criticizing its approach to minority hiring and the biases built into today’s artificial intelligence systems.

Her departure from Google highlights growing tension between Google’s outspoken work force and its buttoned-up senior management, while raising concerns over the company’s efforts to build fair and reliable technology. It may also have a chilling effect on both Black tech workers and researchers who have left academia in recent years for high-paying jobs in Silicon Valley.

Source: Google Researcher Timnit Gebru Says She Was Fired For Paper on AI Bias – The New York Times

New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today.

The report provides law enforcers, policymakers and other organisations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deep fakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets.

Source: New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

Canadian privacy watchdog publishes recommendations on regulating use of AI

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (the OPC) yesterday outlined recommendations for regulating the use of artificial intelligence, including a rights-based approach.

The recommendations include creating a right for a meaningful explanation of automated decisions, and a right of subjects to contest these decisions. It also wants to require organisations to design AI systems from their conception in a way that protects privacy. The OPC is also suggesting it receives powers to issue binding orders and financial penalties to ensure compliance.

Source: Canadian privacy watchdog publishes recommendations on regulating use of AI

Canada crawling toward AI regulatory regime, but experts say reform is urgent

Alberta and B.C. privacy commissioners has no authority to levy fines against the any companies that violate Canadians’ personal information, an “incredible shortcoming of Canadian law that should really change,” B.C. information and privacy commissioner Michael McEvoy said in an email.

The revelation shines a light on the legal void around algorithmic technology. Despite its status as an artificial-intelligence hub, Canada has yet to develop a regulatory regime to deal with problems of privacy, discrimination and accountability to which AI systems are prone, prompting renewed calls for regulation from experts and businesses.

Source: Canada crawling toward AI regulatory regime, but experts say reform is urgent | The Star

FTC Issues New Guidance on Artificial Intelligence Technology 

In the latest piece to come out of the FTC’s new focus on emerging technologies, the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection issued new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms.

The guidance follows up on a 2018 hearing where the FTC explored AI, algorithms, and predicative analysis. As the FTC recognizes, these technologies already pervade the modern economy. They influence consumer decision making – from what video to watch next, to what ad to click on, or what product to purchase.

Source: A New Frontier or Back to Basics? FTC Issues New Guidance on Artificial Intelligence Technology | Minding Your Business

Global AI fight heats up over health data

Spat over a Microsoft health data project highlights growing European distrust of U.S. tech.

The French government made that clear last week, when it said it wanted to move control of an effort to centralize the country’s health data project away from the American tech giant Microsoft and into the hands of a French or European platform.

The attention to health data underscores the increasing politicization of questions about who owns private information about European consumers, after the European Court of Justice struck down a framework for sharing data between the European Union and the United States known as the Privacy Shield.

It also comes as governments around the world race to develop new artificial intelligence technology — and grapple with how to regulate it. The EU is set to present rules on AI early next year, and must confront a risk inherent to rule-making: making regulation that quickly becomes obsolete.

Full article: Global AI fight heats up over health data – POLITICO

The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

A report released late last month by Amnesty International revealed that Dutch law enforcement have been engaged in a number of predictive-policing pilots and referred to the Netherlands as “one of the countries at the forefront of predictive policing in practice.”

The project is not only intrusive, the report claims, but discriminatory by design, since its aim is to fight “mobile banditry” (crimes like theft, pickpocketing, and drug trafficking), a term which explicitly excludes people of Dutch nationality and assumes that the offender is either of Eastern European origin or Romani, a minority ethnic group.

‘Predictive policing projects like these are explicitly biased and prejudiced and rely on data that is explicitly biased and prejudiced, but nobody does anything about it.’ says Amnesty International.

Source: The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

EU nations call for ‘soft law solutions’ in future Artificial Intelligence regulation

Fourteen EU countries have set out their position on the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence, urging the European Commission to adopt a “soft law approach”.

In a position paper spearheaded by Denmark and signed by digital ministers from other EU tech heavyweights such as France, Finland and Estonia, the signatories call on the Commission to incentivise the development of next-gen AI technologies, rather than put up barriers.

“We should turn to soft law solutions such as self-regulation, voluntary labelling and other voluntary practices as well as robust standardisation process as a supplement to existing legislation that ensures that essential safety and security standards are met,” the paper noted.

Source: EU nations call for ‘soft law solutions’ in future Artificial Intelligence regulation – EURACTIV.com

Amazon aims to improve biometric features and privacy with new edge AI chip in Echo devices

A new processor in Amazon’s latest generation of Echo devices are giving the Alexa assistant intriguing capabilities that the company say offer consumers a more natural experience of speech-based interaction.

There’s also plenty of scientific research that’s gone into sound localization and computer vision to offer new features without creating new biometric data storage and privacy problems—and device edge processing is the key.

Source: Amazon aims to improve biometric features and privacy with new edge AI chip in Echo devices | Biometric Update

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