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Standards for Artificial Intelligence Can Shape a More Secure and Equitable Future

Artificial intelligence today is exceedingly powerful. As its capabilities continue to grow, so too does public excitement and government interest in setting standards that will allow artificial intelligence to flourish. In this post, we’ll first discuss the landscape of AI and then how standards for AI might help government, business, research, and society better grapple with an automated future.

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House Set to Vote on Restoring Strong Net Neutrality Protections

This week, the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with only minor amendments and is expected to see a floor vote as early as next week. The bill is the most direct way to restore important net neutrality protections and the FCC’s authority to enforce them. As the bill proceeds through the House and on to the Senate, CDT urges Congress to represent the will of their constituents, more than 80% of whom support the protections the Save the Internet Act would cement in place.

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Pennsylvania Is Taking Election Security Seriously

This time last year, Pennsylvania received a horrible grade in the Center for American Progress report on Election Security in All 50 States. Over the last year, the state has made significant improvements. More states can benefit from the approach that Pennsylvania took to developing its election security plan. Convening a diverse panel of experts to adapt industry best practices for local needs, and then codifying them into a series of recommendations, provides lawmakers with a blueprint for developing a long-term strategy.

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The American AI Initiative: A Good Start, But Still A Long Way to Go

This week, President Trump signed an executive order titled the “American AI Initiative.” While this order lays out some useful first steps toward a larger national policy and course of action for artificial intelligence, the administration will need to do more to ensure its goal of maintaining American leadership in AI technologies. Although the order’s broad “policies and principles” section includes calls to preserve civil liberties, privacy, and American values, it is not entirely clear what those values are or whether they might conflict with the other priorities listed in the order. In this post, we’ll talk about what the order does and does not do.

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A “Smart Wall” That Fails to Protect Privacy and Civil Liberties Is Not Smart

Congress needs to be smart about this “smart wall.” CBP’s history of grossly mismanaging technology projects, and its liberal use of surveillance tools beyond the physical border, caution against a hands-off approach. Any funding Congress provides to invasive border surveillance technologies should be conditioned on efficacy requirements and limitations on use that are designed to preserve the human and civil rights of those against whom they will be used.

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