The EU is working on a new ledger of legislation to combat “hate speech.” By the end of this week they are expected to present a “Digital Services Act” that is posing potential penalties for non-compliance of something between 6-10% of a company’s turnover. This should concern all of us, no matter where we live, because the clout of the EU market will shape the behaviour of Big Tech everywhere. Additionally, President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen is starting a “Transatlantic AI Agreement,” hoping to reign in the dark magic of AI-driven search results and recommendation systems. Artificial Intelligence is the part of the already highly manipulated algorithms that will always remain a black box for purely technological reasons. The mere idea that there is a something that the EU cannot control is driving the Eurocrats absolutely BONKERS. Ursula von der Leyen has repeatedly stated that she wants Artificial Intelligence and the removal of black boxes from algorithms at the same time. She lacks the knowledge und the humbleness to listen to qualified people to deal with the technological issues she tries to mess with. Hoping that you spread my content as far as possible on as many platforms as possible, I will only say, and say it loud and proud, that this has nothing to do with her gender or Islam.
The European Union Institute for Security Studies is the independent, autonomous, totally separate advisory agency chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (i.e. the de facto Foreign Minister of the EU). It is the place that prepares the EU deities with their briefs on foreign policy. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis Senior Analyst Alice Ekman wondered what China is actually up to. And she found the next hot thing, smart cities, which is whatever blinks and is remote from a barnyard.
If Europe does not act ambitiously, our cities could fall behind, become uncompetitive and antiquated, just as they were before Europe came up with Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter…*cough*. Meanwhile China’s is selling its ‘smart city’ technologies to developing countries and China being China bakes in authoritarianism tools and workshops along the way. Alice wonders if local authorities will resist to put Western citizens into shackles once the East Asian salesmen knock on their doors? And more questions arise for the rest of us. Will the Chinese sell smart building cranes to Tehran that smartly integrate gallows? Is the stuff even that terribly integrated at all?
This is very serious. Some cultures like the Germans have not yet transitioned from proprietary held news venues commentary sections to independent social media and other forums. The consequence is that a large part of the debate only takes place under the auspices of powerful authorities and is already now strictly regulated.
More often than not a German news site would allow debate only on specific articles and thus would be ‘moderated’ by a biased authority. Some outlets like Zeit online invests a lot of money to allow more debates which is necessary to censor the emerging content. The result is that the remaining posts cheerleading either Zeit online and/or the government or a note that a comment was deleted for being ‘rude’. People who disagree withdraw. Another classic now is that twenty to thirty comments are deleted at once and the notes say ‘the post this responds to has been taken off already’.
This deleting habits were already around when Google and Co did not interfere and one could compare English-speaking commentary with what was happening on German news sites. I concluded that Germans aren’t so much more rude and that all the deletion frenzy was unjustifiable.
Now a daughter company of Google is offering a tool that will semi-automatically flag and remove uncommon content. The algorithm learns from complaints what to remove. In other words, the most intolerant will have a say, the majority will rule the minority and authorities will be undisturbed from criticism.
A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online. It’s called “Perspective,” and it provides a way for news websites and blogs to moderate online discussions with the help of artificial intelligence.
The researchers believe it could turn the tide against trolls on the Internet, and reestablish online comment forums—which many view as cesspools of hatred and stupidity—as a place for honest debate about current events.
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