Bill introduced in the US Congress on AI and security

21 Mar 2018

US congresswoman Elise Stefanik has introduced a bill in the Congress aimed at creating a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The envisioned commission would be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review of AI advances for the US President and Congress, addressing and identifying national security needs with respect to AI (including 'economic risks and other needs for the common defense of the Nation'), and provide near-term actionable recommendations for the president and the congress, as well as annual and actionable recommendations thereafter to the government through 2020. These recommendations would cover areas such as the competitiveness of the USA in AI with regard to national security, economic security, and investments; technological advancements (ways for the USA to maintain technological advantage in AI); cooperation and competition; investment and research; workforce and education; international law and ethics; and data and privacy.​

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.

The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.

Historically, telecommunications, broadcasting, and other related areas were separate industry segments; they used different technologies and were governed by different regulations.


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