Senator Schumer (D-NY) announced a ambitious project produce a bipartisan agenda for AI regulation within months. Jordan Schneider admires the project; I’m more skeptical. The rest of our commentators, Chessie Lockhart and Michael Ellis, also comment on the AI issues. Chessie lays out the case against panicking about existential threats from AI this week solicited in the MIT Technology Review. I suggest to anyone who complains that the EU or China is ahead of the US in AI regulation (look at you, Sen Warner!) doesn’t quite understand the race we’re running. Jordan explains the difficulties the United States faces trying to stop china from surprising us in AI.
Michael catches up with us Canada’s Misguided Effort to force Google and Meta to pay Canadian media each time a user links to a Canadian story. Meta has already said that it would prefer to ban such links. The end result could be that even more Canadian news gets filtered by US media, which is hardly a popular outcome north of the border.
Talking about misguided regulatory initiatives, Michael and I comment on Australian politics threaten Twitter with a fine for allowing too much hate speech on the post-Elon platform.
Chessie gives an overview of the DELETEa relatively modest bipartisan effort to regulate the control of personal data by data brokers.
Michael and I’m talking about the growing tension between EU member states with real national security responsibilities and the Brussels establishment, which has taken advantage of a 70-year break in national security history and s expect the next 70 years to be the same. The last conflict is over what room for maneuver should be given to the Member States when they feel the need to plant spyware on journalists’ phones. Remarkably, both sides believe the government should have such leeway; the fight is over how much.
Michael and I are surprised that the BBC feels compelled to ask, “Why is it so rare to hear about Western cyber attacks?“Because, BBC, the agencies carrying out these attacks are on our side and mostly abiding by the rules we support.
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