Analysis | How even the FCC might be forced to grapple with AI

 Analysis |  How even the FCC might be forced to grapple with AI

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How even the FCC might be forced to grapple with AI

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has jurisdiction over radio, television, cable and satellites, isn’t better known for grappling with cutting-edge technology.

But amid the rise of generative AI tools like Chat GPT AND Mid-tripthe telecommunications regulator may be forced to address artificial intelligence, an area that is starting to intersect with communications infrastructure and the airwaves.

A pressing concern is skyrocketing rates of rogue calling, leading to several actions by the FCC as the agency seeks to curb scams against consumers.

AI can make robocall operations much cheaper because the technology can automate dialing, speaking and answering, according to former Democratic FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.

Nicol Turner Leea senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who focuses on equitable broadband access, said robocalls could open a Pandora’s box of possibilities for consumer deception, particularly for older Americans.

Wheeler added voter manipulation as a related area of ​​concern, where an AI-cloned voice could direct an individual on Election Day to the wrong place to cast their vote.

A former senior FCC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to speak candidly, said there are a number of related concerns triggered by AI in areas under the FCC’s jurisdiction.

One is political campaigns, where voice cloning technologies and deepfakes could trick voters into hearing or viewing advertisements containing candidate endorsements.

Internet service providers (ISPs) could also use artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to analyze customer data and offer more personalized broadband pricing to deceptively overcharge customers, the former official said.

The FCC is actively studying the potential impacts of AI, especially the opportunities for advanced communications networks such as spectrum sharing and wired network management, as well as its potential as a tool and a challenge for consumers, FCC spokesperson Wiquist he told The Technology 202, adding that the agency is closely watching the ongoing work by the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning working group on its Technology Advisory Council.

The agency for several years has been considering ways to use AI to achieve its goals, such as spectrum frequency management to prevent signal interference between devices. In 2021, the technology advisory council released a document detailing various ways the agency could leverage AI and recommended creating a dedicated task force.

Advice reiterated the recommendation in December, saying it needed to address how the FCC can best incorporate AI-powered methods and techniques as part of its operations.

The FCC under Republican presidency Ajit Pai Also convened a 2018 forum on artificial intelligence and machine learning to discuss how they might impact the communications industry in the future.

The agency is still in the first inning on AI regulations and there’s not yet a burning issue it needs to address, 202 Pai, who served as FCC chairman from 2017 to 2021, told The Technology. If any agency decides to move forward by regulating AI, it would likely start with a Preliminary Inquiry Notice asking the public to provide feedback and concerns they have about the technology, he said.

Turner Lee said the commission could move forward with issuing an inquiry to update its current robocall rules to include AI-generated voices. A task force could also help investigate what the FCC has power over, she said.

The FCC notably was not present when a group of federal agencies collected last month to signal an entire government approach to regulating AI out of concern that technology could help exacerbate long-standing prejudices in American society. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other observers at the meeting warned of the risk of digital redlining, an area where the FCC has taken significant action for broadband access.

The FCC’s omission could be a sign that, even at the White House level, there are still discussions to be had about which agencies have AI regulators, Turner Lee said.

Within the FCC, discussions about regulating AI appear to be in their early stages.

FCC President Jessica Rosenworth he said in a May 18 press conference that the agency is doing behind-the-scenes work looking at artificial intelligence in the context of automated calling and spectrum self-healing, which fixes network outages without human intervention.

Republican commissioner Brendan Carr he said that Congress is the appropriate place for AI discussions to take place right now, adding that he is open to using the technology to help the committee’s goals.

The resolutions speak to the broader challenge of running an oversight agency created for an industry that has evolved rapidly since its founding in 1934, Wheeler said.

We’ve seen how difficult it has been so far in the digital age to address issues like privacy and competition with existing tools, he said. We need a new toolbox, but that toolbox needs to be structured differently and be built around digital age concepts rather than industrial age concepts.

Supreme Court dismisses appeal in social media sex trafficking case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by child abuse victims who said Reddit knowingly facilitated sex trafficking by hosting images of child sexual exploitation, Bloomberg Newss Emily Birnbaum relationships.

The ninth US Court of Appeals decision in favor of Reddit marked the first time a federal appeals court has ruled on a 2018 amendment to Section 230, which was written to allow lawsuits against video platforms. social media for sex trafficking complaints, Birnbaum writes.

The decision marked another major legal victory for Silicon Valley companies that are protected from lawsuits over the content they host under Section 230.

The Supreme Court earlier this month rejected the possibility of narrowing those protections in two blockbuster cases, González vs. Google AND Twitter versus Taamnehwho discussed whether social media platforms can be held accountable for recommending or failing to curb terrorist content.

New FCC maps show 8.3 million US homes, businesses lack high-speed Internet

The FCC released an updated version of its national broadband maps on Tuesday, showing more than 8.3 million U.S. homes and businesses lack access to high-speed Internet, Reuterss David Shepardson relationships.

The FCC said it has increased its estimates of homes and businesses without access by nearly 330,000 locations, Shepardson writes. Mapping data is set to play a big role as the Biden administration hands out billions in federal grants to boost internet access nationwide.

Congress in 2021 approved $42.45 billion in state and territory grants to expand broadband infrastructure in areas without access.

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reiterated Tuesday that it expects to announce by June 30 how it intends to award broadband infrastructure grants to states and territories, Shepardson writes.

Microsoft: UK an outlier in Activision Blizzard’s challenging deal

Microsoft on Tuesday accused the UK’s competition regulator of acting as a global outlier by blocking the $69 billion takeover of gaming giant Activision Blizzard, Reuterss Sam Tobin AND Paul Sandle relationship.

It’s only here that we have this uncertainty in terms of a decision that we believe is fundamentally wrong and purports to stop this worldwide merger in relation to a small part of the gaming industry, Microsoft lawyer Daniel Beard he told a judge on the case Tuesday.

The company’s appeal of the decision is likely to be heard in late July, a Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) judge said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

While UK authorities and the US Federal Trade Commission are trying to block the deal, the European Union recently greenlighted the acquisition in a win for the tech giant.

Europe turns to existing laws to regulate cutting-edge artificial intelligence (Axios)

EU Breton to discuss AI rules with OpenAI CEO in June (Reuters)

Chinese apps remain hugely popular in US despite efforts to ban TikTok (CNBC)

Twitter is now only worth 33% of Elon Musks’ purchase price, says Fidelity (Bloomberg)

Why Nvidia is suddenly one of the most valuable companies in the world (Gerrit De Vynck)

Where do all those food delivery fees go? We tested three apps to find out. (Hamza Shaban, Faiz Siddiqui, Alexis Arnold and Joe Fox)

Elizabeth Holmes, disgraced founder of Theranos, shows up in jail (Julian Mark)

These great apps don’t spy or clog up your phone. They are also not apps. (Shira Ovid)

  • The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing titled Countering China: Promoting US National Security, Economic Security, and Foreign Policy at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Atlantic Council is holding a workshop on Fair AI at 10am
  • Tomorrow at 9:30 the Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a panel discussion entitled Korea and the US-China Competition
  • Senate Judiciary Committee to Review Amendments to Bills to Prevent Drug Trafficking on Social Media Platforms and Prevent Child Exploitation Online Tomorrow at 10am
  • Tomorrow at 2 pm, the Hudson Institute is organizing an event on the national security of China and the United States

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