- Apr 25, 2019
There’s a new and serious threat to both free speech and security online. Under a draft bill that Bloomberg recently leaked, the Attorney General could unilaterally dictate how online platforms and services must operate. If those companies don’t follow the Attorney General’s rules, they could be...
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This looks like an early, early draft to me, but Congress is up-to something which could have some very big ramifications on intermediary liability. It's unknown whether they will make AI filters mandatory or not, although it would seem very likely given the recent rhetoric.
It would seem that officers of providers of interactive service providers have to conduct annual audits to ensure that their systems and operations are in compliance with the "best practices" enacted by the law. If they lie, then they will be subject to two years in prison. Interactive computer services will have a year to come into compliance with the "best practices" after they're initially passed. As always, I am not a lawyer.
I personally think this law is more sabre-rattling than anything else and will die a terrible death without ever being passed, but I've set up a few contingency plans for if it does come into force.
Microsoft shares new technique to address online grooming of children for sexual purposes - Microsoft on the Issues
In furtherance of our commitment to support the global fight against online child sexual exploitation, today Microsoft is sharing a grooming detection technique, code name “Project Artemis,” by which online predators attempting to lure children for sexual purposes can be detected, addressed and...