1 May 2023

So, to kick off this week’s newsletter: AI meets, eh, AI. Amnesty Norway have caused a bit of a kerfuffle by using AI generated images as part of a thread marking two years since the start of a national strike in Colombia. Sam Gregory (of WITNESS) posted a thread in response, which summarises a lot of the concerns, and different approaches. As Sam notes, there is potential in using AI images for advocacy (some of the images are quite striking, real people aren’t being depicted, etc.). It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out, and if AI or AI Norway responds.

Most significantly this week – I think – is that the European Parliament finished a key stage in the drafting the Artificial Intelligence Act, there is still a bit of a way to go, but it is a very significant step.

The Dutch are also back in the news, this time in a Lighthouse reports piece on the use of algorithms in visa applications, and profiling based on nationality, age and gender.

Happy May Day, and thanks to Sarah Zarmsky

Newsletter – 1 May 2023


It’s Time to Protect Yourself From AI Voice Scams, The Atlantic

“Risks from the unconstrained use of autonomous weapons in armed conflict are stark”, ICRC

Conservative British Government Is Seizing the Day on AI While the U.S. Dawdles, Stanford University Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence 

OpenAI previews business plan for ChatGPT, launches new privacy controls, Tech Crunch

Ethnic Profiling, Lighthouse Reports

MEPs seal the deal on Artificial Intelligence Act, Euractiv

Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe, University of Glasgow

EU lawmakers pass draft of AI Act, includes copyright rules for generative AI, Venture Beat

Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts, WIRED

The Case for Big Action to Regulate Artificial Intelligence, The Information

How can we build human values into AI?, Deep Mind

How Artificial Intelligence Can Aid Democracy, Slate

Are surveillance tech companies in Latin America respecting human rights?, Access Now

A Cambridge Analytica-style scandal for AI is coming, MIT Technology Review

A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading, The New York Times

Generative AI is forcing people to rethink what it means to be authentic, The Conversation

Kids cartoon characters that use AI to customize responses help children learn, The Conversation

Behind the Buzz of Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights Watch

Retrospective facial recognition surveillance conceals human rights abuses in plain sight, EDRi

Here’s how the data we feed AI determines the results, The Register

Robots run the show as Swiss radio tests AI voices for a day, The Washington Post

UK government ‘hackathon’ to search for ways to use AI to cut asylum backlog, The Guardian

Could AI Save the Amazon Rainforest?, The Guardian

Blog Posts

Demystifying the EU AI Liability Directive, RAILS

ChatGPT and law exams, EJIL: TALK!

Challenges of Implementing AI With “Democratic Values”: Lessons From Algorithmic Transparency, Lawfare

Journal Articles

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Artificial Intelligence, Decision Making and International Law, Matilda Arvidsson and Gregor Noll, Nordic Journal of International Law


The complications of regulating AI, Marketplace Tech

Lauren Kahn on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, Centre for the Governance of AI

The Ballad of ‘Deepfake Drake’, The New York Times

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