Civil Rights & Constitutional Law


Biased AI Is A Threat To Civil Liberties. The ACLU Has A Plan To Fix It

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Earlier this month, the 97-year-old nonprofit advocacy organization launched a partnership with AI Now, a New York-based research initiative that studies the social consequences of artificial intelligence. "We are increasingly aware that AI-related issues impact virtually every civil rights and civil liberties issue that the ACLU works on," Rachel Goodman, a staff attorney in the ACLU's Racial Justice program, tells Co.Design. In short, AI's biases are civil liberty problems, so the partnership between AI Now and the ACLU is a natural one. The ACLU is primarily concerned with three areas where AI is at work: criminal justice; equity as it relates to fair housing, fair lending, and fair credit; and surveillance.


Future of Humanity Institute

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The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit organisation founded by Amazon, Apple, Google/DeepMind, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft, with the goal of formulating best practices for socially beneficial AI development. We will be joining the Partnership alongside technology firms like Sony as well as third sector groups like Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, and our partners in Cambridge, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. The Partnership on AI is organised around a set of thematic pillars, including Fair, transparent, and accountable AI, and AI and social good; FHI is will focus its work on the first of these pillars: Safety-critical AI. The full list of new partners includes the AI Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ), Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), Centre for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), Cogitai, Data & Society Research Institute (D&S), Digital Asia Hub, eBay, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Intel, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), McKinsey & Company, SAP, Salesforce.com,


Salesforce Joins Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society

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The reality is that thanks to a convergence of increasing compute power, big data and algorithmic advances, AI is becoming mainstream and finding practical applications in nearly every facet of our personal lives. That's why I'm excited to announce that Salesforce is joining the Partnership on AI to Benefit Society and People. Trust, equality, innovation and growth are a central part of everything we do and we are committed to extending these values to AI by joining the Partnership's diverse group of companies, institutions and nonprofits who are also committed to collaboration and open dialogue on the many opportunities and rising challenges around AI. We look forward to collaborating with other Partnership on AI members to address the challenges and opportunities within the AI field including companies, nonprofits and institutions such as founding members Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google / DeepMind, IBM and Microsoft; existing Partners AAAI, ALCU, OpenAI, and new partners: AI Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ), Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), Centre for Democracy & Tech (CDT), Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), Cogitai, Data & Society Research Institute (D&S), Digital Asia Hub, eBay, Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Intel, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), McKinsey & Company, SAP, Salesforce.com,


Partnership on AI Adds Corporate, NGO Members, Charts Initial Course Xconomy

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The PAI pillars include safety, transparency, human-A.I. collaboration, economic and workforce impacts, and social and societal impacts. After a recent board of directors retreat, the PAI plans: working groups to develop best practices by topic and sector; a fellowship for individuals at nonprofits and non-governmental organizations; an "AI, People, and Society" Best Paper Award; and a series of A.I. While it was organized by the biggest names in technology and business, the PAI also aspires to be a "multi-stakeholder" organization and has welcomed into its fold the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy & Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Human Rights Watch.


The Partnership on AI adds Intel, Salesforce and others as it formalizes Grand Challenges and work groups

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Collectively, the partners will be hosting a series of AI Grand Challenges to incentivize researchers to contribute to key roadblocks in the field and to address some of the social and societal ramifications of artificial intelligence research. The group is also announcing a best paper award for the greatest contribution to "AI, People, and Society," to aid in addressing a similar goal. In addition to the paper awards and challenges, the Partnership on AI will also be establishing topic and sector-specific work groups to make good on the group's promise to generate a list of best practices for researchers. The full list of new non-profit partners includes the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the AI Forum of New Zealand, the Centre for Democracy & Technology, the Centre for Internet and Society – India, Data & Society Research Institute, the Digital Asia Hub, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Humanity Institute, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Human Rights Watch, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, UNICEF, Upturn, and the XPRIZE Foundation.


Apple's head of Siri is joining the Partnership on AI

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Tim Cook's firm has become a founding member of the organisation, which includes Google/DeepMind, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Amazon. Apple's Tom Gruber, the chief technology officer of AI personal assistant Siri, has joined the group of trustees running the non-profit partnership. As well as Gruber, the Partnership on AI has announced six independent board members: Dario Amodei from Elon Musk's OpenAI, Eric Sears of the MacArthur Foundation, and Deirdre Mulligan from UC Berkley. Facebook, Google (in the form of DeepMind), Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon have created a partnership to research and collaborate on advancing AI in a responsible way.


A massive AI partnership is tapping civil rights and economic experts to keep AI safe

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The Partnership also added Apple as a "founding member," putting the tech giant in good company: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Facebook are already on board. "In its most ideal form, [the Partnership] puts on the agenda the idea of human rights and civil liberties in the science and data science community," says Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts who is joining the Partnership's board. "While there will be many benefits from AI, it is important to ensure that challenges such as protecting and advancing civil rights, civil liberties, and security are accounted for," Sears says. Google will be represented by director of augmented intelligence research Greg Corrado; Facebook by its director of AI research, Yann LeCun; Amazon by its director of machine learning, Ralf Herbrich; Microsoft by the director of its research lab, Horvitz; and IBM by a research scientist at its T.J. Watson Research Centre, Francesca Rossi.


Apple joins group devoted to keeping Artificial Intelligence nice

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Major technology firms joined forces in the group, with stated aims including cooperation on "best practices" for AI and using the technology "to benefit people and society." SpaceX founder and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk in 2015 took part in creating nonprofit research company OpenAI devoted to developing artificial intelligence that will help people and not hurt them. Musk found himself in the middle of a technology world controversy by holding firm that AI could turn on humanity and be its ruin instead of a salvation. People joining tech company executives on the Partnership board included Dario Amodei of Open AI along with members of the American Civil Liberties Union; the MacArthur Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley.


Apple joins Google, Facebook and Microsoft in AI research group

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Apple is joining fellow tech giants Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and IBM as the sixth founding member of the recently-formed artificial intelligence research group - the Partnership on AI. The Partnership also announced that six new non-industry trustees will be joining its board including Jason Furman, former top economic adviser for Barack Obama; Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Subbarao Kambhampati, president of the Association for the Advancement of AI. These new members will join the six existing representatives from each founding tech company "to create a board that strikes a balance between corporate and not-for-profit memberships." Earlier this month, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and eBay's Pierre Omidyar backed a new $27m research initiative called the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence fund that aims to advance AI in the public interest.


A massive AI partnership is tapping civil rights and economic experts to keep AI safe

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The organizations themselves are not officially affiliated yet--that process is still underway--but the Partnership's board selected these candidates based on their expertise in civil rights, economics, and open research, according to interim co-chair Eric Horvitz, who is also director of Microsoft Research. The Partnership also added Apple as a "founding member," putting the tech giant in good company: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Facebook are already on board. "In its most ideal form, [the Partnership] puts on the agenda the idea of human rights and civil liberties in the science and data science community," says Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts who is joining the Partnership's board. Google will be represented by director of augmented intelligence research Greg Corrado; Facebook by its director of AI research, Yann LeCun; Amazon by its director of machine learning, Ralf Herbrich; Microsoft by the director of its research lab, Horvitz; and IBM by a research scientist at its T.J. Watson Research Centre, Francesca Rossi.