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Publications: Daniel Castro

July 9, 2024

The AI Act’s AI Watermarking Requirement Is a Misstep in the Quest for Transparency

The AI Act requires providers of AI systems to mark their output as AI-generated content. This labelling requirement is meant to allow users to detect when they are interacting with content generated by AI systems to address concerns like deepfakes and misinformation. Unfortunately, implementing one of the AI Act’s suggested methods for meeting this requirement — watermarking — may not be feasible or effective for some types of media.

July 1, 2024

European Commission Threatens Free Online Services with Misunderstood Ads Ruling, Says ITIF

Following the European Commission notifying Meta of its preliminary finding that the social network’s advertising model violates European law, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Vice President Daniel Castro issued the following statement.

June 28, 2024

Podcast: Information Technology Is Increasingly Critical and Increasingly Demonized, With Daniel Castro

Over the last several years, public opinion on technology and the use of data has shifted from excitement to skepticism to fear.

June 25, 2024

The Surgeon General’s Misleading Claims About Social Media’s Risk To Children Should Come With Its Own Warning Label

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy published a New York Times op-ed arguing that social media poses such a threat to children’s mental health that these platforms should come with a warning label like cigarettes and alcohol. However, his argument is flawed on multiple levels: There is no scientific consensus that social media is causing mental health issues among youth; social media use among youth does not present a similar level of risk as tobacco and alcohol use; and the alleged risks of social media come from interaction with specific types of content, not from the platforms themselves.

June 10, 2024

A Techno-Economic Agenda for the Next Administration

The next administration needs to place innovation, productivity, and competitiveness at the core of its economic policy. To that end, this report offers a comprehensive techno-economic agenda with 82 actionable policy recommendations.

May 29, 2024

State Department Risks Overlooking Potential of AI For Human Rights

President Biden’s 2023 executive order on artificial intelligence (AI) directed the State Department to work with other agencies and stakeholders to develop guidance for identifying and managing human rights risks associated with AI. As the State Department prepares this guidance, it should emphasize that in many cases, the risk of inaction—the missed opportunities to use AI to improve human rights—presents the most significant threat, and it should prioritize deploying AI to support and enhance human rights.

May 23, 2024

Podcast: Data-Driven Policy and Innovation With AI, Featuring Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro appeared on the AI50 podcast with Hanh Brown to discuss data governance, privacy policies, and the transformative power of data-driven innovation.

May 21, 2024

What Does the US Public Think About AI?

In a nationally representative survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, Public First and the Center for Data Innovation track public attitudes and perceptions of artificial intelligence.

May 20, 2024

Picking the Right Policy Solutions for AI Concerns

Some concerns are legitimate, but others are not. Some require immediate regulatory responses, but many do not. And a few require regulations addressing AI specifically, but most do not.

May 9, 2024

Comments to the UK Competition and Markets Authority Regarding the Microsoft-Mistral AI Partnership

Given that the Microsoft-Mistral AI partnership does not create a relevant merger situation, does not harm competition, and has a pro-competitive impact on the market, the CMA should not intervene.

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