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The next wave of disruption: Emerging market media use of artificial intelligence and machine learningJuly 19, 2021
In frontier and emerging media markets across the globe, there are many new opportunities in newsrooms to innovate through artificial intelligence, machine learning and data processing. In this report, IMS, The Fix and the Latin American Centre for Investigative Journalism (The CLIP) have drawn the lens to fast-rising developmental changes capable of driving digital transformation in business and journalism by understanding how those newsrooms can use technology to develop a data and user-led approach to newsgathering, content, distribution, marketing and sales, and post-sale services.
From local to international policy fronts, EFF's advocacy got results in 2022. In the European Union, we lobbied hard for a Digital Markets Act that recognized the value of interoperability and meaningfully restrained the power of "gatekeeper" platforms. Sustained pressure from EFF, our members, and our allies helped protect free expression online by keeping Congress from mandating filters or link taxes. EFF also was instrumental in Congress passing the Safe Connections Act, a bill that makes it easier for survivors of domestic violence to keep their phone number while leaving a family plan. This simple protection can be essential to stopping abusers from using access to their victims' cellphone plans to track and harass.
Over the last two decades, a segment of the educational technology (EdTech) sector that markets student surveillance products to schools — the EdTech Surveillance industry — has grown into a $3.1 billion a year economic juggernaut with a projected 8% annual growth rate. The EdTech Surveillance industry accomplished that feat by playing on school districts' fears of school shootings, student self-harm and suicides, and bullying — marketing them as common, ever-present threats.Education officials and school administrators play a vital role in determining how best to keep students safe. But as long as school districts continue to make decisions based on information provided by the very same companies that are seeking to sell schools their EdTech Surveillance products, the EdTech Surveillance industry, and not their students, will be the biggest beneficiary."Digital Dystopia" is meant to equip school decisionmakers, influencers, and community members with the full and reliable information they need to make the best decisions possible when it comes to student surveillance technologies and keeping students safe.
Even as AI presents technical and engineering innovations, the systems present fundamental risks to people, their families, and their communities. Public participation in AI will not be easy. But there are foundational lessons to apply from other domains. This policy brief builds on a comprehensive review of evidence from public participation efforts in policy domains such as anti-poverty programs and environmental policy. It summarizes evidence-based recommendations for ways to better structure public participation processes for AI.
As the nonprofit sector continues to embrace the transformative power of technology, the landscape of funding opportunities is evolving to meet the unique needs and challenges faced by organizations in this digital age. This whitepaper aims to shed light on the emerging practices in funding nonprofit technology, providing valuable insights and guidance to grantmakers, philanthropic organizations, and stakeholders invested in the nonprofit sector.Since 2020, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has been at the forefront of fostering discussions and facilitating knowledge sharing on the evolving practices in funding nonprofit technology. Through a series of meetings, webinars, and publications, TAG members have identified the pressing need for effective funding strategies in this digital era. These ongoing conversations have created a vibrant forum for industry professionals to exchange ideas, experiences, and innovative approaches. Leveraging the insights gained from these interactions, this whitepaper identifies and explores the leading practices that have emerged as innovative approaches to funding nonprofit technology.
As part of the Datasphere Initiative's European Dialogues' project, this report lays out some of the main trends, priorities, challenges, emerging barriers, good practices, and recommendations to responsibly unlock the value of data for all in Europe. Based on a desk research and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in Europe, the report analyzes regulatory efforts led by the European Commission, selected European Union (EU) member states, the UK, and Switzerland.As European efforts to design data policies are ongoing and evolving, this report offers a snapshot of some key reflections on how the European Union and non-EU member states are approaching data governance. While non-exhaustive, the report attempts to analyze some key trends and offer insights on how approaches to data are having an extraterritorial impact and contributing to the region's ability to responsibly unlock the value of data for all.
Policymakers at state and federal levels have called for regulation of social media and other technology for children and teenagers. Many in the public are worried about young people being exposed to harmful content, the effect of social media on teenage mental health, and the amount of time young people are spending on new technology. Yet regulations are being proposed (and in some cases have been enacted) that would use blunt tactics that raise serious issues for the privacy and speech of children, teens, and adults and fail to address the proponents' often well‐intentioned concerns even truly.
Key PointsFederal investments in new and emerging technologies—such as in artificial intelligence—have transformed the labor market. New "idea industries" that don't fit neatly into traditional measures of industries and scientific fields have emerged.This report describes a new, rapidly implementable, conceptual, and empirical approach to tracing how ideas move from investments in research to the marketplace and developing early warning indicators of potential workforce and education impacts.This report proposes a new evidence-based foundation to support US national growth strategies and ensure investments have the greatest chance of success for workers and employers.
The EU and the U.S. are jointly pivotal to the future of global AI governance. Ensuring that EU and U.S. approaches to AI risk management are generally aligned will facilitate bilateral trade, improve regulatory oversight, and enable broader transatlantic cooperation.The U.S. approach to AI risk management is highly distributed across federal agencies, many adapting to AI without new legal authorities. Meanwhile, the U.S. has invested in non-regulatory infrastructure, such as a new AI risk management framework, evaluations of facial recognition software, and extensive funding of AI research. The EU approach to AI risk management is characterized by a more comprehensive range of legislation tailored to specific digital environments. The EU plans to place new requirements on high-risk AI in socioeconomic processes, the government use of AI, and regulated consumer products with AI systems. Other EU legislation enables more public transparency and influence over the design of AI systems in social media and e-commerce.
Increased Wellness and Economic Return of Universal Broadband Infrastructure: A Telehealth Case Study of Ten Southern Rural CountiesApril 25, 2023
This project examines 10 counties in rural Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi to explore how the costs of achieving true digital equity - by extending robust broadband infrastructure into areas missing it - can be offset by utilizing the potential of telehealth to improve healthcare delivery.To do so, this report first identifies the most common health issues affecting residents in these 10 counties, and draws on academic scholarship to demonstrate the benefits that could come from effective telehealth interventions for each. These conditions include diabetes, chronic respiratory disease (including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema), heart disease and heart failure, cancer, obesity, and mental health conditions associated with other health conditions, resulting in high overall costs and adverse effects on people's quality of life, like depression and PTSD.Second, it models the cost savings that can be gained from telehealth interventions in reducing the cost of services that are driving the highest costs today. These include preventable hospital admissions, preventable hospital readmissions, and preventable emergency department visits. It also calculates other recapturable savings that would benefit these communities at large, including the lost economic productivty that goes along with missed work, the avoidable transportation costs that come from being able to visit the doctor remotely, and the avoidable carbon emissions that come from driving to in-person doctor visits.The results are striking by themselves, but even more so together. By the most reasonable conservative estimates, we show that preventable emergency department visits, preventable hospital admissions and readmissions, and lost economic productivity offer huge savings opportunities for these ten counties, totaling almost $43 million each year.
Governments around the world frequently use internet shutdowns (see Box 1 for definition) to disguise and evade accountability for grave human rights violations, including illegitimate grabs for power, statesanctioned violence against peaceful protestors and even extra-judicial killings of political dissidents. This paper draws attention to key examples of this happening in recent years across Africa and the Middle East, and identifies common trends and factors driving the use of internet shutdowns in this way. The paper also makes recommendations for governments, the private sector, regulators and international human rights institutions as to how to call attention to and push back against this trend and ensure that victims of human rights abuses can properly call attention to their plight and access redress.
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