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Artificial Intelligence Assurance Framework to drive safe, secure and smart projects


Safer and more efficient services will be delivered for NSW residents using Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a new world-leading AI Assurance Framework to come into effect in March 2022. All agencies across the NSW Government can apply the Assurance Framework to ensure increasingly sophisticated AI systems are safe, effective and delivering on state outcomes, improving the lives of people in NSW and the resilience of communities and driving the economy. NSW Government's Chief Data Scientist Dr Ian Oppermann said the Framework would ensure Government services using AI were aligned to state outcomes, easy to access and use by customers as well as being personalised and secure. "AI creates a huge opportunity to improve Government services. We are already piloting the technology with eHealth NSW to help doctors to earlier identify sepsis in patients attending emergency departments," Dr Oppermann said.

Ethics & artificial intelligence: knowing the boundaries


When trying to do the right thing, however, we also have to acknowledge the challenges of how to define such ethical standards for our own organisations and how to implement them into our business operations. We need to make sure that our use of AI is, first and foremost, responsible, ethically sound and complies with applicable laws and regulations. Secondly, the use of AI needs to be underpinned by a robust and holistic governance and assurance framework that provides for appropriate risk and compliance assessments, effective monitoring and implementation (end-to-end). Key considerations to be addressed by such governance and assurance framework include, in particular, fairness (to avoid bias), transparency, interpretability and explainability, as well as robustness and security. It may also be considered to create an "Ethics Committee" that could act as a sounding board and provide for a roadmap and direction on the alignment of business strategy, corporate values and the responsible use of AI.

Microsoft to offer option of 16 years of Windows Server, SQL Server support through new Premium Assurance program


Microsoft is introducing a new support offering for customers with Software Assurance on December 8. The company is rolling out in early 2017 Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance, which add six more years of support beyond the current 10. During the six years of Premium Assurance, customers will get Security updates and bulletins that are rated "Critical or "Important." Microsoft officials said in a blog post that the new extended support will help those who need to "continue to meet compliance requirements and ensure security on systems you aren't ready to update." They also are positioning the extended support option as offering "flexibility as you move to the cloud."

Residents Fret About Chemical Plant Fire, Despite Assurances

U.S. News

A unified command has been set up to coordinate the efforts of Deer Park city and Harris County workers, along with those of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard. They are evaluating the environmental aftereffects on waterways surrounding ITC of the fire and efforts to extinguish it. The EPA and the TCEQ said Wednesday that they were waiting for test results of water samples to determine any potential impacts from the foam used to fight the fire on Tucker Bayou, Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel.

Mike Pompeo: U.S. will need to give Kim Jong Un security assurances in exchange for nuke deal

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States will need to "provide security assurances" to North Korea's Kim Jong Un if the adversaries are to reach a nuclear deal, describing the stakes of President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with Kim. Pompeo met with Kim last week in North Korea, helping set the stage for Trump's historic summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. Trump's goal is for North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way. In return, the U.S. is willing to help the impoverished nation strengthen its economy. Pompeo was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether the U.S. was in effect telling Kim he could stay in power if he met the U.S. demands.