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Daily Archives: March 6, 2024

The AI data scraping challenge: How can we proceed responsibly?

OECD.AI Policy Observatory – Lee Tiedrich, Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology, Duke University Science & Society. March 5, 2024. Society faces an urgent and complex artificial intelligence (AI) data scraping challenge.  Left unsolved, it could threaten responsible AI innovation.  Data scraping refers to using web crawlers or other means to obtain data from third-party websites or social media properties.  Today’s large language models (LLMs) depend on vast amounts of scraped data for training and potentially other purposes.  Scraped data can include facts, creative content, computer code, personal information, brands, and just about anything else.  At least some LLM operators directly scrape data from third-party sites.  Common Crawl, LAION, and other sites make scraped data readily accessible.  Meanwhile, Bright Data and others offer scraped data for a fee.  In addition to fueling commercial LLMs, scraped data can provide researchers with much-needed data to advance social good.  For instance, Environmental Journal explains how scraped data enhances sustainability analysis.  Nature reports that scraped data improves research about opioid-related deaths.  Training data in different languages can help make AI more accessible for users in Africa and other underserved regions.  Access to training data can even advance the OECD AI Principles by improving safety and reducing bias and other harms, particularly when such data is suitable for the AI system’s intended purpose.”

Gendered disinformation and social networks

Revisión Crítica de Jurisprudencia y Gobernanza. Oxford University Press and New York University School of Law. Gendered disinformation and social networks. Argelia Queralt Jiménez. March 2024., “The subject of this article is gender-based disinformation on social networks. This type of disinformation is identified with those contents that circulate on networks with the aim of… Continue Reading

6 updates to Waze to help you get around safely and conveniently

Waze Blog: “Whether it’s highlighting crash-prone roads along a route, displaying road hazards like potholes or showing the closest electric vehicle charging stations, Waze helps drivers navigate more safely and conveniently. Today, we have even more updates to help make your trips safer and more predictable. Thanks to insights from local Waze drivers, community members… Continue Reading

The risks of AI for scientific research

Ars Technica – “Producing more but understanding less. A psychologist and an anthropologist ponder the epistemic risks AI could pose for science: Last month, we witnessed the viral sensation of several egregiously bad AI-generated figures published in a peer-reviewed article in Frontiers, a reputable scientific journal. Scientists on social media expressed equal parts shock and… Continue Reading

Co-working spaces might actually be a security nightmare

techradar: “A new study of more than 1,000 remote workers by Beyond Identity has revealed that co-working spaces could actually be costing businesses their cybersecurity despite being cheaper in terms of rent. According to the report, co-working spaces are the most likely place for data to be stolen, with 18% having previously chosen to locate… Continue Reading

Report of the 1st Workshop on Generative AI and Law

Cooper, A. Feder and Lee, Katherine and Grimmelmann, James and Grimmelmann, James and Daphne Ippolito, Daphne Ippolito and Callison-Burch, Christopher and Choquette-Choo, Christopher A. and Mireshghallah, Niloofar and Brundage, Miles and Mimno, David and Choksi, Madiha Zahrah and Balkin, Jack M. and Carlini, Nicholas and De Sa, Christopher and Frankle, Jonathan and Ganguli, Deep and… Continue Reading

Privacy First and Competition

EFF- Cory Doctorow: “Privacy First” is a simple, powerful idea: seeing as so many of today’s technological problems are also privacy problems, why don’t we fix privacy first? Whether you’re worried about kids’ mental health, or tech’s relationship to journalism, or spying by foreign adversaries, or reproductive rights, or AI deepfakes, or nonconsensual pornography, you’re… Continue Reading

Do firms mitigate climate impact on employment? Evidence from US heat shocks

Acharya, Viral V. and Acharya, Viral V. and Bhardwaj, Abhishek and Tomunen, Tuomas, Do firms mitigate climate impact on employment? Evidence from US heat shocks (August 15, 2023). Available at SSRN: or “How do firms mitigate the impact of rising temperatures on employment? Using establishment-level data, we show that firms operating in multiple… Continue Reading

LinkedIn Learning Unlocks 250 Free AI Courses for a Limited Time

Tech Republic: “LinkedIn also released its 2024 Workplace Learning Report, which found that more people want to learn AI skills. Plus, LinkedIn Learning is offering new career development and internal mobility features. To help build AI literacy in the enterprise, LinkedIn is offering 250 AI courses for free through April 5th in tandem with its… Continue Reading

Everything you need to know to prepare for the EU’s AI Act

sifted: “EU lawmakers finally came to an agreement on the AI Act at the end of 2023 — a piece of legislation that had been in the works for years to regulate artificial intelligence and prevent misuses of the technology. Now the text is going through a series of votes before it becomes EU law… Continue Reading