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Technology 15 April 2019

The Week in Internet News: Tech Giants’ ‘Ethical AI’ Efforts Scrutinized

Grant Gross
By Grant GrossTechnology Reporter

Building nice AIs: Efforts by large tech vendors to think about ways to design “ethical Artificial Intelligence” systems have hit some speedbumps along the way, says Insurance Journal. Google abandoned its newly formed ethical AI council after employee complaints about its membership. Some critics say efforts to create ethical AI teams are attempts by companies to avoid regulations.

No smoking or bikinis: Business Insider India has a look at the efforts of the Chinese government to police Internet and social media content, with smoking, excessive tattoos, and in some cases, bikinis prohibited. At Inke, one of China’s largest livestreaming companies, a group of about 1,200 moderators attempt to keep up with the government’s rules, the story says.

Fake news arms race: Facebook has announced a new round of efforts to fight fake news with updates to updates to News Feed, Messenger, and Instagram, Fortune reports. The social media giant is expanding its fact-checking capabilities, and it is trying to limit the reach of groups that repeatedly spread misinformation. Facebook also says it’s getting better at identifying click-bait.

Comments gone wild: YouTube shut down comments on the livestream of a U.S. Congress hearing on white nationalism after the comments section was flooded with what parent company Google called “hateful” language, CNBC.com reports. Who could’ve seen that coming?

That’s a lot of money: Yahoo has reached a settlement of $117.5 million for a data breach and about 200 million customers will get free credit monitoring for breaches in 2013 and 2014, CBS News says. Judge Lucy Koh had questioned the calculations that led to an earlier settlement of about $50 million.

Here we are again: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would restore net neutrality rules killed by the Federal Communications Commission in late 2017, Wired.com notes. Still, after a decade and a half of legal and political fights over the rules, the bill faces very long odds in the Senate, where the Republican majority is likely to reject the House bill.

Read the Internet Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning policy paper and explore how it might impact the Internet’s future.

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