Greetings, and welcome to the AI & Human Rights newsletter, ‘first day back to work, ahhhh £&*!e my inbox’ edition.
There are a couple of interesting facial recognition pieces. The first concerns the (really quite engaging) hunt for suspected terrorist Daniel Khalifa after his escape from Wandsworth prison, and the report that facial recognition was used on surveillance footage obtained in the course of the investigation. This will be – I think – one of the first times that the Metropolitan police will have applied its new retrospective facial recognition policy. The second is a story regarding the Home Office’s apparent intervention into an Information Commissioners Office investigation, concerning the private company Facewatch. This is really a follow up to a story we linked to a few weeks back, reporting leaked information detailing the Home Offices plans to lobby the ICO.
On the economic, social and cultural rights front there is a story about the UK’s use of AI to vet welfare claims, and how a lack of transparency in this regard – and a failure to respond to FOI requests – may see them taken to court.
There is also a super interesting piece on the difficulties involved in using language translation apps throughout the asylum application process. The story itself refers to the US, but I would imagine this is something at least being considered more broadly, and links to the EU’s trial of sentiment analysis at the borders.
I also enjoyed this piece on the use of AI to monitor for air pollution, particularly given its scope for wider application, and particularly as I live in a city with pretty bad air pollution!
Hope you all have a lovely week, thanks as ever to Sarah Zarmsky, and since this is my first day back in the office, and I’m in need of a bit of a pick me up, I’ll leave you with this song by Aaron Frazer, the intro to which I love.
Communications of the ACM, Ethics and Equity in AI for Collaborative Learning
MIT Technology Review, Chinese AI chatbots want to be your emotional support
MIT Technology Review, How one elite university is approaching ChatGPT this school year
The New York Times, Museum Curators Evaluate A.I. Threat by Giving It the Reins
Financial Times, We must shape the AI tools that will in turn shape us
The New York Times, 2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws
Financial Times, UK tech tsar warns of AI cyber threat to NHS
The New York Times, Opinion | The Fight for Your Kids’ Brains Has Already Begun
The Conversation, Should AI be permitted in college classrooms? 4 scholars weigh in
The Register, X may train its AI models on your social media posts
The Washington Post, AI regulation around the world, from China to Brazil
Smithsonian Magazine, Using A.I. to Track Air Pollution From Open-Top Coal Trains
Alan Turing Institute, Northumbria University, and Sentencing Academy, The use of AI in sentencing and the management of offenders
*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
Swati Srivastava, Algorithmic Governance and the International Politics of Big Tech
Events TMC Asser Instituut, 12-13 October 2023, The Hague, DILEMA Conference: Designing international law and ethics into military artificial intelligence