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Daily Archives: November 6, 2023

Avoiding AI Agreement Dystopia: Managing Key Risks in AI Licensing Deals

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  • “When a client is acquiring an AI product/service, where do you begin in your legal review? This article discusses key issues to consider and strategies for risk mitigation.
  • Due diligence on the prospective vendor is a must. It is key to understand the nature of the AI application and its intended use, from whether the product/service is consumer-focused or for business-to-business use to the scope of its source data.
  • Ask detailed questions to assess the risk of biased output and to evaluate privacy/cybersecurity practices, particularly use of your client’s personal information. Review the draft contract to ensure your client has necessary use rights and rights to intellectual property.
  • Many standard AI contracts include minimal legal representations and warranties and include reverse indemnities from the client. Seek to include express reps and warranties on key issues, minimize client indemnities, and add critical vendor indemnities. Also look closely at dispute resolution and termination provisions.”

Winners of the 2023 Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

The Atlantic [no paywall]: “The winning and honored images in this year’s Nature Conservancy photography competition were just announced. Entries from more than 80,000 individual photographers in 191 different countries and territories were judged across 12 different categories. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share some of their top images with us. The… Continue Reading

AI Search Is Turning Into the Problem Everyone Worried About

The Atlantic [read free]: “There is no easy way to explain the sum of Google’s knowledge. It is ever-expanding. Endless. A growing web of hundreds of billions of websites, more data than even 100,000 of the most expensive iPhones mashed together could possibly store. But right now, I can say this: Google is confused about… Continue Reading

New Environmental Justice Playbook for Federal Agencies

White House: “When President Biden signed Executive Order (E.O.) 14096 on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, he called on the federal government to bring clean energy and healthy environments to all, and to recognize, undo, and mitigate harms to those who have suffered from pollution and the cumulative impacts of other… Continue Reading

Data Brokers and the Sale of Data on U.S. Military Personnel

Data Brokers and the Sale of Data on U.S. Military Personnel Risks to Privacy, Safety, and National Security, By Justin Sherman, Hayley Barton, Aden Klein, Brady Kruse, and Anushka Srinivasan, Duke University, November 2023. “Overview: The data brokerage ecosystem is a multi-billion-dollar industry comprised of companies gathering, inferring, aggregating, and then selling, licensing, and sharing… Continue Reading

New ALA report: Gen Z & Millennials are visiting the library & prefer print books

ALA News: “Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Gen Z and Millennials: How They Use Public Libraries and Identify Through Media Use draws on a nationally representative survey… Continue Reading

State Laws Restricting or Prohibiting Abortion

CRS Report – State Laws Restricting or Prohibiting Abortion Updated October 24, 2023 “The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruled Roe v. Wade, providing states with greater discretion to restrict abortion access, including by limiting abortion prior to fetal viability.1 This report provides an overview of existing or recently passed… Continue Reading

How GoGuardian Invades Student Privacy

EFF: “GoGuardian is a student monitoring tool that watches over twenty-seven million students across ten thousand schools, but what it does exactly, and how well it works, isn’t easy for students to know. To learn more about its functionality, accuracy, and impact on students, we filed dozens of public records requests and analyzed tens of… Continue Reading