4 October 2023

Greetings! And Happy Wednesday dear readers.

So, I know we kicked off with facial recognition last week, but I’m afraid (a) I’m finishing co-authoring a book on facial recognition, and (b) the UK Government are at it again… There is now a proposal to extend the facial recognition database from custody images (already problematic, see last week’s chat) to include all passport photos, and other pictures of asylum seeker’s etc. This would represent a really dramatic increase in the State’s surveillance capability – significantly affecting individuals ability to live and act anonymously. This, of course, has implications for important things like, the ability to freely develop their personality/identity or to engage in democratic processes. Watch this space I guess. Interestingly, this coincides with Human Rights Watch’s decision to call for a ban on facial recognition in public spaces and in migration contexts, adding their voice to Amnesty’s ‘ban the scan’ campaign.

In a spirit of openness and magnanimity (I did not spell that correctly the first time) I would also like to highlight AWO’s Algorithmic Governance Roundup. It’s worth a read if algorithmic governance is your thing, and since you’re reading this, it just might be.

Brianna Rosen has a really interesting piece in JustSecurity on AI and the future of warfare, which is definitely worth your time. At which point, I guess it’s worth flagging this piece on the UN efforts to ban lethal autonomous weapons. Which is important, but where it is likely that an overly narrow focus on very specific lethal autonomous weapons may risk missing the (much) bigger AI and warfare picture.

In predictive policing news, a new study has found that some hotspot policing algorithms, may not be that effective (dramatically ineffective in this instance), prompting certain forces to discontinue their use. I would imagine that similar considerations are probably in play in the UK, particularly given the cost of these tools. But! What about an autonomous drone that can track people in the dark…

And, because we are a newsletter for all people, we have you covered on AI-assisted dating, celeb gossip, and Van Gogh baring all.

Thanks to Sarah Zarmsky.

Today’s tune is Padam Padam, because well, Its Wednesday and the weekend is just over the horizon… Padam Padam!

The Guardian, UK passport images database could be used to catch shoplifters 

The Markup, Predictive Policing Software Terrible At Predicting Crimes – The Markup 

Wall Street Journal, Forget a Dating Profile, This App Says It Just Needs Your Face

The Markup, Predictive Policing Software Terrible At Predicting Crimes  WIRED, FBI Agents Are Using Face Recognition Without Proper Training  

NY State Education Department, State Education Department Issues Determination on Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools 

Rolling Stone, A Shazam for People: Clearview’s AI App Was a Hit Among the Rich and Powerful  

The Verge, Facebook can be sued over biased ad algorithm, says court 

Stop Killer Robots, UNGA Resolution on Autonomous Weapons Systems Gives States Historic Opportunity to #VoteAgainstTheMachine 

Amnesty International, EU: AI Act must ban dangerous, AI-powered technologies in historic law 

Media Laws, Generative AI for the Legal Profession: Facing the Implications of the Use of ChatGPT through an Intradisciplinary Approach 

AWO, Algorithm Governance Roundup 

Bloomberg, Trolls in Slovakian Election Tap AI Deepfakes to Spread Disinfo

Human Rights Watch, Time to Ban Facial Recognition from Public Spaces and Borders

Fast Company, Google was accidentally leaking its Bard AI chats into public search results

CNBC, AI is policing the package theft beat for UPS as ‘porch piracy’ surge continues across U.S.

ACM News, Fighting Impersonation by AI

Open AI, ChatGPT can now see, hear, and speak

UNESCO, Chile will host the First Latin American and Caribbean Ministerial and High Level Summit on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The Register, OpenAI warns users over GPT-4 Vision’s limits and flaws

The Guardian, AI Vincent van Gogh talks of ‘mental health struggles’ in Paris exhibition

Financial Times, Workers could be the ones to regulate AI 

The Guardian, Tom Hanks says AI version of him used in dental plan ad without his consent

The Washington Post, Can the U.N. really regulate the power — and danger — of AI?     

The New York Times, European Central Bank Is Studying A.I. as a New Tool

The Guardian, ‘Biggest act of copyright theft in history’: thousands of Australian books allegedly used to train AI model

WIRED, AI Hurricane Predictions Are Storming the World of Weather Forecasting  

WIRED, This New Autonomous Drone for Cops Can Track You In the Dark

The Guardian, TechScape: AI-made images mean seeing is no longer believing   

Big Brother Watch, i News – Spike in the use of retrospective facial recognition sparks privacy concerns 

Big Brother Watch, i News – Psychiatric wards using 24-hour video surveillance

EDRi, Potential loopholes in the AI Act could allow use of intrusive tech on ‘national security’ grounds   

EDRi, Czech police use facial recognition system, IuRe finds out details

EDRi, Global civil society and experts statement: Stop facial recognition surveillance now      

Blog Posts

Just Security, AI and the Future of Drone Warfare: Risks and Recommendations

Just Security, U.S. Senate AI Hearings Highlight Increased Need for Regulation 

LSE, For minorities, biased AI algorithms can damage almost every part of life 

The Conversation, AI disinformation is a threat to elections − learning to spot Russian, Chinese and Iranian meddling in other countries can help the US prepare for 2024 

The Conversation, Does AI have a right to free speech? Only if it supports our right to free thought

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 

Emma Smith et al., Artificial intelligence and assistive technology: risks, rewards, challenges, and opportunities

Francesca Palmiotto, When is a Decision Automated? A Taxonomy for a Fundamental Rights Analysis

Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Propaganda and New Technologies, Yale Law School


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