23 January 2023

Greetings, from an absolutely freezing London (in London terms at least).

Its a relatively quiet week on the AI and human rights front, with no huge stand out stories. There is quite a bit in today’s newsletter of disinformation, deep fakes, and so on, as well as another – very familiar – story about algorithmic tools discriminating against black renters. And a truly shocking revelation that low paid workers provided the manual labour underpinning some of ChatGPT’s functionality.

There is also this story, from a few weeks back, about AI providing real time legal advice to a defendant in court. I can’t remember if we covered it in a previous week? Just though I would reflag it anyways.

As always, thanks to Sarah Zarmsky, and if you have any suggestions for stories, or issues to cover, please do get in touch.


‘US obtains exclusion of NGOs from drafting AI treaty’, Euractiv

‘Exclusive: OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic’, TIME

‘Getty Images is suing the creators of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for scraping its content’, The Verge

‘The Battle Over Women’s Data’, WIRED

‘Is It Human or AI? New Tools Help You Spot the Bots’, Wall Street Journal 

‘Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach’, The New York Times

‘7 ways Google is using AI to help solve society’s challenges’, The Keyword by Google

‘AI to monitor changes to globally important glacier’, University of Leeds

‘4 questions to ask when evaluating AI prototypes for bias’, TechCrunch

‘How ChatGPT Hijacks Democracy’, The New York Times

‘From Fake News to Fake Views: New Challenges Posed by ChatGPT-Like AI’, Lawfare 

‘The EU’s AI Act Is Barreling Toward AI Standards That Do Not Exist’, Lawfare

‘As Deepfakes Flourish, Countries Struggle With Response’, The New York Times

‘Art and artificial intelligence collide in landmark legal dispute’, Financial Times

‘Soldiers outsmart military robot by acting like video game characters’, The Washington Post

‘Rentokil takes on the world’s rat problem with facial recognition’, Financial Times

‘A news site used AI to write articles. It was a journalistic disaster.’, The Washington Post

‘How AI is combatting burnout’, Financial Times

‘Infinite AI Interns for Everybody’, WIRED

‘AI may finally cure us of our data fetish’, The Register

‘Will 2023 be the year of dynamite disinfo deepfakes, cooked up by rogue states?’, The Register

‘Algorithms Allegedly Penalized Black Renters. The US Government Is Watching’, WIRED

‘Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says it is educating its citizens about the dangers of deepfakes as it fights Russian disinformation in ‘a war of technologies’, Business Insider


‘Webinar “AI and Environment: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable development”’, Council of Europe

Journal Articles

*Disclaimer: The selected articles and chapters were not evaluated for their research methods and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AI & Human Rights Blog

‘The AI writing on the wall’, Nature Machine Intelligence 

‘Explainable AI Tools for Legal Reasoning about Cases: A Study on The European Court of Human Rights’, Joe Collenette, Katie Atkinson, and Trevor Bench-Capon, Artificial Intelligence

‘Bias and Non-Diversity of Big Data in Artificial Intelligence: Focus on Retinal Diseases’, Jacoba et al., Seminars in Opthalmology 

‘A cautionary tale about the adoption of medical AI in Sweden’, Emilia Niemiec, Nature Machine Intelligence

‘The Impact and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity: A Literature Review’, Meraj Farheen Ansari, Bibhu Dash, Pawankumar Sharma, and Nikhitha Yathiraju, International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer and Communication Engineering

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