U.S. Election Recap — Tech Initiatives That Passed and Failed: While the November 3 elections had most eyes focused on outcomes at the federal level (see “Government Updates” below), several state- and local-level ballot initiatives had tech policy implications:
Californians approved Proposition 24, which expands the power of the state’s Consumer Privacy Act. The initiative creates a government agency to enforce state privacy protection laws and gives consumers more control over how companies handle their data.
Anticipating the Biden Administration’s AI Policy: The election of former Vice President Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States may mean changes in federal policy on artificial intelligence. Here’s how the candidate and his campaign discussed the matter during the race:
Last year, Biden pledged to work with allies to “draft a new strategic concept for NATO that acknowledges the challenges of … disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence.”
In a written response to the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden said: “The United States should lead in shaping the rules, norms, and institutions that will govern the use of new technologies, like Artificial Intelligence. Through diplomacy and development finance, we can work with democratic allies to provide countries with a digital alternative to China’s dystopian system of surveillance and censorship.”
In an essay for Foreign Affairs earlier this year, Biden wrote, “I will make investment in research and development a cornerstone of my presidency, so that the United States is leading the charge in innovation. … When it comes to technologies of the future, such as 5G and artificial intelligence, other nations are devoting national resources to dominating their development and determining how they are used. The United States needs to do more to ensure that these technologies are used to promote greater democracy and shared prosperity, not to curb freedom and opportunity at home and abroad. … As new technologies reshape our economy and society, we must ensure that these engines of progress are bound by laws and ethics.”
DARPA Aims to Use AI to Identify Influence Campaigns:The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency issued a Broad Agency Announcement calling for proposals to help “detect, characterize, and track geopolitical influence campaigns with quantified confidence … using automated influence detection.” The announcement says current methods, which are largely manual, are insufficient to deal with the volume of communications and “lack explanatory and predictive power for deeper issues of geopolitical influence.” DARPA expects to grant multiple awards for the project, “INfluence Campaign Awareness and Sensemaking” (INCAS), around July of next year.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Xi Jinping Speech:Certain Major Issues for Our National Medium- to Long-Term Economic and Social Development Strategy. This speech, given by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 2020 but not published until November, lays out perhaps the clearest picture thus far of Xi’s proposed “dual circulation” economic strategy. On the one hand, Xi advocates stimulating Chinese consumer spending and accelerating import substitution to reduce the Chinese economy’s dependence on foreign trade. On the other, he urges strengthening other countries’ dependence on Chinese technology so that China can threaten to cut off their supply when necessary, as a form of deterrence. Paradoxically, Xi also criticizes other countries for “politicizing” or “weaponizing” supply chains in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On October 29, CSET and Syracuse’s Institute for Security Policy and Law hosted a virtual symposium, National Security Law and the Coming AI Revolution. The discussions featured James Baker, Jason Matheny, Reginald Brothers, Tarun Chhabra and Margarita Konaev.
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