Why we need a new agency to regulate advanced artificial intelligence: Lessons on AI control from the Facebook Files (Brookings Institution)

Brookings Institution: Why we need a new agency to regulate advanced artificial intelligence: Lessons on AI control from the Facebook Files. “In this article, I lay out what we can learn about the AI Control Problem using the lessons learned from the Facebook Files. I observe that the challenges we are facing can be distinguished into two categories: the technical problem of direct control of AI, i.e. of ensuring that an advanced AI system does what the company operating it wants it to do, and the governance problem of social control of AI, i.e. of ensuring that the objectives that companies program into advanced AI systems are consistent with society’s objectives.”

Gizmodo: We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Gizmodo: We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How. “We believe there’s a strong public need in making as many of the documents public as possible, as quickly as possible. To that end, we’ve partnered with a small group of independent monitors, who are joining us to establish guidelines for an accountable review of the documents prior to publication. The mission is to minimize any costs to individuals’ privacy or the furtherance of other harms while ensuring the responsible disclosure of the greatest amount of information in the public interest.”

The Verge: Facebook Isn’t Telling The Whole Story About Its Mental Health Research

The Verge: Facebook Isn’t Telling The Whole Story About Its Mental Health Research . “Though Facebook’s work by itself is limited, it fits into a larger set of data — including from researchers outside the company — that suggests social media can have harmful effects on mental health. And even if that context didn’t exist, Facebook’s work alone suggests something bad enough is going on that it should cause concern.”

NiemanLab: I’m in the consortium possessing the leaked Facebook documents. Let’s dissolve it.

NiemanLab: I’m in the consortium possessing the leaked Facebook documents. Let’s dissolve it.. “On Monday, the consortium of news organizations tasked with combing through Frances Haugen’s Facebook documents expanded its ranks to include my small, independent newsletter, Big Technology. While it’s nice to be in this consortium — which includes the AP, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and others — I now believe it’s time to dissolve it.”

Gizmodo: Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?

Gizmodo: Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?. “What we want to do is give folks outside of the consortium—and outside of journalism, more generally—access to the same material we’re seeing. Other folks have pointed out that researchers in fields like tech ethics and misinformation deserve this access, as do regulators and everyone else who’s concerned about Facebook’s outsized power. We agree and will release everything we can, as fast as we can.”

CNN: The Facebook Papers consortium is growing, and reporters are gaining access to more documents

CNN: The Facebook Papers consortium is growing, and reporters are gaining access to more documents. “Last week the number of American news outlets with access to internal Facebook documents supplied to the SEC by Frances Haugen stood at 17. Those outlets — from CNN to Politico, Washington Post to WIRED — agreed to a Monday morning embargo, which is why more than 50 stories all came out on the same day. There are many more stories in the works — and there are more newsrooms joining the consortium.”

The Atlantic: ‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’

The Atlantic: ‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’. “Even for the Americans inured to the president’s thumbed outbursts, Trump’s attack against his own vice president—at a moment when Pence was being hunted by the mob Trump sent to the Capitol—was something else entirely. Horrified Facebook employees scrambled to enact ‘break the glass’ measures, steps they could take to quell the further use of their platform for inciting violence. That evening, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, posted a message on Facebook’s internal chat platform, known as Workplace, under the heading ‘Employee FYI.’ ‘This is a dark moment in our nation’s history,’ Zuckerberg wrote, ‘and I know many of you are frightened and concerned about what’s happening in Washington, DC. I’m personally saddened by this mob violence.’ Facebook staffers weren’t sad, though. They were angry, and they were very specifically angry at Facebook. Their message was clear: This is our fault.”

EXPLAINER: Just what are ‘The Facebook Papers,’ anyway?

Associated Press: EXPLAINER: Just what are ‘The Facebook Papers,’ anyway?. “The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.”