President Joe Biden’s recent executive order on artificial intelligence has the gaming industry on edge. The order is broad, focused on security but lacks provisions for freedom.
While the goals of ensuring safe, non-military uses of AI are laudable, what’s missing is real transparency about the training data and content restrictions that govern how these AI systems generate content. There is also concern about whether the “safety” standards will include viewpoint neutrality.
If one or a few AI platforms become a monopoly, transparency and viewpoint neutrality become crucial. This would ensure a free and fair distribution of news, opinions and academic debates without censorship or bias.
Today, some well-known online social networks, search and video sharing platforms already dominate 80-90% of content visibility and sharing.
Americans now report that they get most of their news from these online sources, making these monopoly platforms the new town square for news, political opinion and academic debate.
A first step that can garner bipartisan support and have a strong positive impact is to demand public transparency for the online content moderation rules of these monopoly platforms.
Such transparency would not require companies to disclose trade secrets or core intellectual property, but instead would focus on publishing online content moderation standards with examples, providing explanations for enforcement actions, disclosing any third-party fact-checkers involved, promptly report communications with government entities, and publish relevant training data sources and content rules if an AI platform approaches monopoly status.
Transparency alone won’t solve all the challenges of online safety and viewpoint neutrality, but it’s a good start with a better chance of garnering bipartisan support for passage.
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