Commerce Expands Export Controls on China, Russia and Venezuela: The Department of Commerce announced Monday that it will tighten export controls for certain dual-use technologies. The update broadens the restrictions to “military end users,” makes additional technologies subject to license requirements and eliminates exemptions for civilian use. In particular, the rule expands export controls on semiconductor manufacturing equipment to Chinese companies that support the military. Nine U.S. industry associations have voiced concerns about similar changes, arguing that regulations should be narrowly tailored to avoid damaging the industry. The rules will go into effect June 29, 2020.
JAIC Requests Information on Testing and Evaluation: The DOD’s Joint AI Center released a Request for Information on testing and evaluation of AI systems. The RFI seeks best practices in AI testing and evaluation, software recommendations and information about relevant vendors. The JAIC wants to apply T&E processes to the Pentagon’s full range of AI and machine learning capabilities, with particular focus on human-machine interfaces, Natural Language Processing-enabled products, voice-to-text, speech-enabled products, image analysis and autonomous systems. Responses will be accepted until May 12.
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