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Tech News Digest: AI, Dating App Face off, and Child Labor in Lithium-Ion Batteries

TechSec’s Bi-Weekly Tech News Digest: May 1st, 2023

By Maya Schmidt

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the eighteenth biweekly Tech News Digest by the GISA Technology and Security Initiative. Our goal is to give you an easy-to-read overview of what has been happening in the world of technology and security. To do so, we have chosen a few of the top news stories from the last two weeks and presented you with a summary. If you are interested in learning more, follow the links below.

AI-Generated Political Ads in the U.S.

In a Republican National Committee advertisement imagining Biden’s second term, a string of fictional crises is depicted with startling realism. The ad did disclaim that it was generated by AI technology, though the potential for fear mongering to rise from AI is clear. A similar situation emerged in March 2023, when images depicting former President Trump in a fight with police officers went viral on Twitter.

Read more about the RNC’s video ad on NPR and about the AI-generated images of Trump on ArsTechnica.

ChatGPT is restored in Italy.

The Italian data protection authority (Garante) recently cleared ChatGPT for the country. OpenAI rolled out a tool to verify users’ ages to protect those under thirteen, as well as a form for EU users to object to the technology using their data for machine learning training.

Read more about it on the BBC.

Trudeau accuses China of slavery.

The U.S. Labour Department has found that cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are primarily operated and/or owned by China, often use child labour. (Cobalt is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries.) Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, declared at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York that “If we’re honest, the lithium produced in Canada is going to be more expensive. Because we don’t use slave labour.”

Read more on Reuters, but know also that Canada’s recent legislation to combat modern slavery in supply chains, bill S-211, is a quite recent development; it passed on April 28th, 2022.

An Open Letter Calling for AI Consciousness Studies

The Association for Mathematical Consciousness Science (ACMS) has compiled an open letter, which has been signed by academics around the world, calling for a greater focus on studying consciousness as a field.

Read more about it on the BBC.

U.S. Departments and Agencies Begin Steps to Regulate AI

Heads of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Justice Department’s civil rights unit, and the Federal Trade Commission have spoken out about the risks of bias and discrimination in the use of machine learning technologies. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began seeking technology sector whistleblowers.

Read more on Reuters.

Muzmatch Sued

Muzmatch, a Muslim dating app, has criticised a ruling from the UK Court of Appeal that stated that the average consumer would think that the company was part of the Match Group (which owns Tinder). The company has since changed its name to Muzz.

You can read more on the BBC.

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