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How AI can empower communities and strengthen democracy

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Each Fourth of July for the past five years I've written about AI with the potential to positively impact democratic societies. I return to this question with the hope of shining a light on technology that can strengthen communities, protect privacy and freedoms, or otherwise support the public good. This series is grounded in the principle that artificial intelligence can is capable of not just value extraction, but individual and societal empowerment. While AI solutions often propagate bias, they can also be used to detect that bias. As Dr. Safiya Noble has pointed out, artificial intelligence is one of the critical human rights issues of our lifetimes.


10 Ways Machine Learning Practitioners Can Build Fairer Systems

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My opinions are my own. An introduction to the harm that ML systems cause and to the power imbalance that exists between ML system developers and ML system participants …and 10 concrete ways for machine learning practitioners to help build fairer ML systems. Image description: Photo of Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, D.C. -- 2 signs say "Black Lives Matter" and "White Silence is Violence." Machine learning systems are increasingly used as tools of oppression. All too often, they're used in high-stakes processes without participants' consent and with no reasonable opportunity for participants to contest the system's decisions -- like when risk assessment systems are used by child welfare services to identify at-risk children; when a machine learning (or "ML") model decides who sees which online ads for employment, housing, or credit opportunities; or when facial recognition systems are used to surveil neighborhoods where Black and Brown people live. In reality though, machine learning systems reflect the beliefs and biases of those who design and develop them.


CIPR AI in PR ethics guide

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UK EDITION Ethics Guide to Artificial Intelligence in PR 2. The AIinPR panel and the authors are grateful for the endorsements and support from the following: In May 2020 the Wall Street Journal reported that 64 per cent of all signups to extremist groups on Facebook were due to Facebook's own recommendation algorithms. There could hardly be a simpler case study in the question of AI and ethics, the intersection of what is technically possible and what is morally desirable. CIPR members who find an automated/AI system used by their organisation perpetrating such online harms have a professional responsibility to try and prevent it. For all PR professionals, this is a fundamental requirement of the ability to practice ethically. The question is – if you worked at Facebook, what would you do? If you're not sure, this report guide will help you work out your answer. Alastair McCapra Chief Executive Officer CIPR Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming an essential technology for ...


Why tech giants are interested in regulating facial recognition

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Last week, Amazon made the unexpected move of calling for regulation on facial recognition. In a blog post published on Thursday, Michael Punke, VP of global public policy at Amazon Web Services, expressed support for a "national legislative framework that protects individual civil rights and ensures that governments are transparent in their use of facial recognition technology." Facial recognition is one of the fastest-growing areas of the artificial intelligence industry. It has drawn interest from both the public and private sector and is already worth billions of dollars. Amazon has been moving fast to establish itself as a leader in facial recognition technology, actively marketing its Rekognition service to different customers, including law enforcement agencies.