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Reps. Khanna, Lawrence Sponsor Resolution for AI Ethics

Two members of Congress, Reps. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., introduced a resolution calling for ethical standards to guide the field of artificial intelligence. H.RES. 153 supports cooperation among industry, government, academia and civil institutions in the field, promoting transparency of AI systems and processes, protecting private and personal information, boosting career opportunities in the sector and maintaining the safety of its platforms, Khanna said Thursday.

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Report: Abigail Slater to Serve as Tech Adviser to Trump

Abigail Slater, general counsel at the Internet Association, will join the White House’s National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, The Hill reported Thursday. Slater will succeed Grace Koh when the latter leaves in March and will advise President Donald Trump on technology, telecommunications …

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Federal Agency Participants Develop Virtual Assistant Prototypes Under GSA’s Citizen Tech Initiative

The General Services Administration has hosted a “hackathon” that gathered participants from various federal agencies to build prototypes of artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants such as voice-activated systems, chatbots, intelligent websites and automated call centers. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in an blog post published …

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Report: Michelle Lee Steps Down as USPTO Director

Michelle Lee has resigned from her role as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after a five-year career at the agency, Reuters reported Tuesday. Former President Barack Obama nominated Lee for the USPTO leadership position in 2014 and the Senate confirmed her nomination in March 2015. Lee previously held the roles of interim …

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G7 Leaders Urge Tech Firms to Help Address Online Extremism

Leaders of Group of Seven member states have issued a joint declaration that calls for social networking sites and internet companies to stem the spread of terror propaganda, the Associated Press reported Friday. State leaders signed the declaration Friday during the G7 Summit in Sicily, Italy, days after the Islamic …

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Senate Bill Would Establish DHS ‘Bug Bounty’ Program

Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a bug bounty pilot program to boost the Department of Homeland Security‘s cyber defense. The Hack Department of Homeland Security Act would require DHS to enlist “white-hat” or ethical hackers to report vulnerabilities within its networks and data systems, …

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