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The United States is taking the lead in shaping international norms for military AI at the United Nations. Bonnie Jenkins, a senior State Department official, highlights the urgent need for regulations in this rapidly evolving field. The proposed resolution emphasizes responsible AI use in line with humanitarian laws.
China has accused the U.S. of infiltrating Huawei's servers since 2009 in an alleged cyber espionage campaign that culminated in thousands of cyberattacks on Chinese targets last year, escalating tensions in the ongoing technological rivalry between the two nations.
The Malabo Convention, a regional treaty on cybersecurity in Africa, has entered into force with ratifications from 15 out of 55 African Union member states. However, influential African countries such as Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, and Ethiopia have not yet ratified the Convention. The African Union Commission needs to encourage more countries to ratify the Convention and provide capacity building for its implementation. The adoption of the Malabo Convention by all African states would promote a unified digital approach with shared cybersecurity and data standards.
The agency is developing its own ChatGPT-style tool to revolutionize open-source intelligence analysis.
Advocate General Szpunar's recent opinion on personal data and copyright infringement (Case C-470/21) supports retaining civil identity data linked to IP addresses when essential for identifying online copyright violators. This opinion addresses France's graduated response system, emphasizing the need for a balanced approach.
The US government, led by the FCC and Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, is working to revive net neutrality rules. These rules prevent ISPs from restricting internet access. The proposal faces opposition from ISPs and is part of a broader discussion on internet regulation in the US.
Experts, academics, and civil society organizations are calling for a rethink on proposed AI measures in a federal privacy bill. They argue that AI provisions should be assessed separately for the protection of rights and freedoms.
The law, first presented on May 10, seeks to create a safer online environment for all walks of society, from cyberbullying to reducing reliance on American tech companies.
Major tech firms collaborate on post-quantum cryptography coalition for enhanced digital security
Landmark biometric data case sparks debate in Illinois Supreme Court
Content policy at UNGA78: Misinformation, disinformation and hate speech
Human rights at UNGA78: Calls for a human-centric digital future
Economic at UNGA78: Digital for economic growth
Digital development at UNGA78: Shaping the future through inclusion and capacity building
Key takeaways from the sixth UN session on cybercrime treaty negotiations
The 6th Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime finished its work, and one final round of inter-state negotiations left. Is there a treaty text yet, and are states close to a final agreement?Read more
5G Transformation: The power of good policy
From South Korea’s spectrum leadership to the EU’s harmonisation and Africa’s context-specific solutions, each of these approaches underscores the link between policies and 5G’s potential. These efforts are indispensable to foster optimal policies for future development.Read more
AI and copyright: USA, UK eyeing new rules
In our September issue #82 of the Digital Watch Monthly we look at how the arrival of generative AI models has wreaked havoc on copyright rules. We discuss the Brussels effect and the impact of the two new sets of rules. We also ask what will it take for robotaxis to earn or lose the public’s trust.Read more
DW Weekly #129 – 25 September 2023
Momentum for a new international AI governance body under the UN is growing. Last week’s UN General Assembly debate showed that it’s a matter of when, not if. In other news, OpenAI was sued for copyright infringement again, while competition authorities kept busy with new AI principles, merger reviews, and antitrust practices.Explore
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