14 August 2023

Good morning, and happy Monday!

Bumper newsletter this week, as Sarah Zarmsky is back on the team! The Intercept have an interesting story about Christian surveillance – and doxxing – of sex workers. Its a really odd piece, but we have been interviewing sex workers about the effects of surveillance as part of our broader chilling effects research, and the consequences of surveillance are just devastating, particularly from a mental health perspective.

MIT Review also has a good piece on watermarking for generative AI, and quite a few health-focused pieces, presumably getting attention in light of the mammogram detection story from last week.

The Rolling Stone also has a feature on the women who were among the first to warn of the dangers of AI, from different perspectives.

And since we have a piece from the Rolling Stone, kind of have to sign off with this…


News pieces

The Intercept, The Online Christian Counterinsurgency Against Sex Workers

VentureBeat, Legions of DEF CON hackers will attack generative AI models

The Washington Post, AI is being used to give dead, missing kids a voice they didn’t ask for

The Guardian, Is artificial intelligence a threat to journalism or will the technology destroy itself?

Quartz, Amazon isn’t prepared for the incoming tide of AI-authored books. Jane Friedman has proof.

WIRED, AI Is Building Highly Effective Antibodies That Humans Can’t Even Imagine

AI News, UK commits £13M to cutting-edge AI healthcare research

The Guardian, ‘It’s already way beyond what humans can do’: will AI wipe out architects?

The Keyword by Google, How AI is helping airlines mitigate the climate impact of contrails

Centre for the Governance of AI, Preventing Harms From AI Misuse

The New York Times, What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?

MIT Technology Review, Why watermarking AI-generated content won’t guarantee trust online

MIT Technology Review, Why it’s impossible to build an unbiased AI language model

UNESCO, Guidance for Generative AI in education and research

The New York Times, Don’t Scrape Me, Bro, the Activists Sabotaging Self-Driving Cars and How Reddit Beat a Rebellion

The Washington Post, Hospital bosses love AI. Doctors and nurses are worried.

The Washington Post, Journalists seek regulations to govern fast-moving artificial intelligence technology

WIRED, Generative AI Is Making Companies Even More Thirsty for Your Data

The Guardian, Meet the artists reclaiming AI from big tech – with the help of cats, bees and drag queens

WIRED, This AI Company Releases Deepfakes Into the Wild. Can It Control Them?

The Guardian, AI hysteria is a distraction: algorithms already sow disinformation in Africa

The Register, Google, you’re not unleashing ‘unproven’ AI medical bots on hospital patients, yeah?

The Washington Post, AI is acting ‘pro-anorexia’ and tech companies aren’t stopping it

WIRED, Criminals Have Created Their Own ChatGPT Clones

The Guardian, AI can identify passwords by sound of keys being pressed, study suggests

The Register, Japanese supermarket watches you shop so AI can suggest more stuff to buy

The Guardian, Unofficial Indigenous voice no campaigner defends use of AI-generated ads on Facebook

Middle East Eye, Why we should be worried about AI mass surveillance 

The New York Times, Eight Months Pregnant and Arrested After False Facial Recognition Match

The Guardian, Experience: scammers used AI to fake my daughter’s kidnap

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, UK: Report exposes Home Office plans to lobby for facial recognition in retail, raising privacy concerns

The Guardian, Supermarket AI meal planner app suggests recipe that would create chlorine gas

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, AI giving deceased & missing children a voice raises concerns about misinformation & harm to loved ones

Defense One, The Pentagon just launched a generative AI task force

Rolling Stone, These Women Tried to Warn Us About AI

Time, The Case Against AI Everything, Everywhere, All at Once


WITNESS, Response to US Office of Science and Technology Policy Request for Information on National Priorities for Artificial Intelligence 

Academic Literature

*Disclaimer: The following articles, chapters, and books have not been evaluated for their methodology and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AI & Human Right Blog 

Sophia Goodfriend, Algorithmic State Violence: Automated Surveillance and Palestinian Dispossession in Hebron’s Old City 

Guido Acquaviva, Crimes without Humanity?: Artificial Intelligence, Meaningful Human Control, and International Criminal Law

Jeroen Temperman and Alberto Quintavalla, Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, Oxford University Press 

Monica Horten, Algorithms patrolling content: where’s the harm?

Charles D Raab, Book Review: Beyond data: human rights, ethical and social impact assessment in AI by Alessandro Mantelero

Francesca Palmiotto and Natalia Menéndez González, Facial recognition technology, democracy and human rights

Sümeyye Elif Biber, Book Review: Digital constitutionalism in Europe: reframing rights and powers in the algorithmic society by De Gregorio, G.

Charlotte Tschider, International Privacy Law and Artificial Intelligence

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