Inside AI Policy

May 24, 2024

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By Charlie Mitchell

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has passed a draft of landmark privacy legislation, with a retooled section on civil rights and algorithms and a pledge from committee leaders to work on further changes leading up to a full committee markup.

By Rick Weber

House Science Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) expressed concern that President Biden’s executive order for safe and secure uses of artificial intelligence might deflect the National Institute of Standards and Technology from its “core” mission of serving as “industry’s laboratory,” during a May 22 hearing on the agency’s fiscal 2025 budget request.

By Charlie Mitchell

Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) met May 22 with Senate committee chairs and urged action on artificial intelligence legislation under their jurisdiction, saying they should take advantage of the recent release of a “roadmap” developed by the chamber’s bipartisan AI working group and pass bills just as the Rules Committee did last week.

By Mariam Baksh

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) sought to allay concerns about how H.R. 8315 could affect open-source AI development as the committee passed his legislation to authorize controlling exports of the technology with the goal of preventing access by foreign adversaries.

By Charlie Mitchell

House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) zeroed in on risks such as “data poisoning” and the need to build public trust in artificial intelligence, while ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) emphasized principles for government use of AI including guarding against bias, at a hearing on AI and cybersecurity with tech security and digital rights witnesses.

By Rick Weber

Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is circulating a proposal to require the disclosure of artificial intelligence-generated content in political advertising, inserting the FCC into a politically thorny issue after a key Senate committee approved similar restrictions along party lines.

Comments are due June 2 on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s draft generative artificial intelligence “profile” crafted under the NIST AI risk management framework and one of the agency’s key deliverables called for in President Biden’s Oct. 30 executive order on AI.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has postponed consideration of a bill that would authorize the president to control the release of artificial intelligence models with the aim of limiting their access by foreign adversaries, so it can be revised to reflect feedback from the White House.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee favorably reported S. 4066, a bill that would make it easier for federal contracting officers to buy artificial intelligence products and other goods and services considered commercial information and communications technology.

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan stressed artificial intelligence initiatives, as well as broader work on data security and privacy, as she made her case for increased funding in May 15 testimony before House appropriators.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) recently released “roadmap” for artificial intelligence policies addresses priorities for protecting national security, including countering China’s growing influence and the need for increased staff training at the Defense Department, just as lawmakers are gearing up to debate the fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) release of a “roadmap” report on AI policies shifts the focus, and burden, to the various committees on drafting legislation to promote the benefits and mitigate the risks of artificial intelligence.

The Project on Government Oversight will oppose provisions of a Senate Homeland Security Committee-passed bill which aims to speed up federal AI procurement as lawmakers maneuver to include it in the fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.

Labor and public interest activists are warning about the inherent racial and other biases in artificial intelligence in response to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) recently released “roadmap” for drafting legislation, arguing the Schumer strategy woefully downplays those risks in favor of business interests.

The Biden administration has issued a set of eight principles for the development and deployment of artificial intelligence in the workplace under the Oct. 30 executive order on AI, highlighting commitments from Microsoft and the jobs site Indeed, while signaling that the Labor Department will follow up with guidance on “best practices.”

U.S. and Chinese officials on May 14 met in Geneva on artificial intelligence “risk and safety,” with an exchange of views on approaches and priorities under a dialogue agreed to at the November 2023 summit between President Biden and President Xi Jinping.

The United States and China will hold first-time talks May 14 in Geneva on defining risks and safety surrounding the use of artificial intelligence, with senior administration officials saying recent international successes in pushing President Biden’s approach to AI will put U.S. negotiations in a strong position heading into the historic meeting.

The Software and Information Industry Association says the federal government should rely on existing rules and frameworks as it considers ways to ensure “responsible procurement” of artificial intelligence products and services under an Office of Management and Budget memo on implementing President Biden’s Oct. 30 AI executive order.

The Center for Democracy and Technology has released an “AI governance in practice guide” for government and the private sector on the collection of demographic data for use in measuring “fairness and bias” in artificial intelligence systems, stating that historical misuse of such data -- to the harm of vulnerable communities -- underscores the need for guidelines.

Industry groups see extensive benefits in Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) “roadmap” for advancing artificial intelligence policy, especially in areas of research and perhaps in heading off a European Union-style AI regulatory regime, while a digital rights group denounced the report’s approach as largely a giveaway to the tech sector.

Gov. Jared Polis (D) should veto the Colorado Artificial Intelligence Act as it could shield companies accused of algorithmic discrimination even as it is billed as consumer protection legislation, according to AI startups based in the state.

IBM Corp. is offering support for key aspects of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s guidance on “inventorship” and AI-assisted inventions while highlighting a handful of issues for USPTO to revisit, in comments on an initiative launched under President Biden’s Oct. 30 executive order on AI.

MITRE Corporation expects to have operational by the end of the year a “sandbox” allowing federal agencies to test artificial intelligence systems in response to President Biden’s executive order for safe and secure AI technologies.

Among the first batch of projects to be supported by the recently established National AI Research Resource pilot program is a proposal to use generative artificial intelligence to improve image recognition for the purpose of “discriminative” tasks, according to a summary to project.

The Department of Commerce is standing up a manufacturing institute under the CHIPS and Science Act “focused on digital twins for the semiconductor industry,” with a $285 million funding opportunity for a private-sector entity to run the “first-of-its-kind” institute.

White House officials overseeing the National AI Research Resource program renewed calls for Congress to enact funding and authorization for the pilot program, at an event announcing a first round of several dozen research projects intended to guide the development of safe and secure AI technologies.