The Cyberlaw Podcast: Interview with Miles Brundage and Shahar Avin

By Stewart Baker
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 11:54 AM

Our interview features an excellent and mostly grounded exploration of how artificial intelligence could become a threat as a result of the cybersecurity arms race. Maury Shenk does much of the interviewing in London. He talks to , AI Policy Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford and of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and Research Associate at Cambridge. They are principal authors of a paper titled “.” The discussion was mostly grounded, as I said, but I did manage to work in a reference to the all-too-plausible threat of a hacking, bargaining AI sent by from other star systems.

In the news roundup, semi-regular contributor does a post-mortem on the oral argument in the . Maury notes that Google has issued its most detailed report yet on how it’s implementing the right to be forgotten. My takeaway: Apart from censoring media in their own countries, everyone’s favorite censorship targets seem to be U.S. sites. I am not comforted that 90 percent of the censorship stays home, since the rest of it seems aimed at keeping true facts from, well, me.

Gus evaluates the latest  cybersecurity guidance. Bottom line: no surprises, but a good thing nonetheless. I do a quick recap of the CFIUS butcher’s bill for Chinese deals. It’s every bit as ugly as you’d expect. The have collapsed over chip and personal data worries. The is on the bubble. And is taking unprecedented action to intervene in the Qualcomm-Broadcom proxy fight.

Steptoe advisor Maury Shenk (right) with Miles Brundage and Shahar Avin

A new contributor, of the R Street Institute, unpacks a couple of new security industry reports covering the emergence of and the increasingly blurred line between .

Maury covers the latest EU effort to wrongfoot Big Tech over . And I try to broaden the point, noting that the idea of a tech has begun to fray even in the US, the land of its birth.

For those listeners afraid to traverse the feverswamps of conservative media, I bring back a story that shows why the loss of Big Tech platform immunity is shaping up as a bipartisan issue. Would you believe that so that it can spin stories more efficiently before airing them?  Do you need to tell you that’s satire? Does anyone need an anonymous Big Tech finger-wagger to tell you it’s fake news and threaten the site with penalties for repeat offenses? If not, you can see the right is uncomfortable with Big Tech as media gatekeeper.

Finally, as a bit of comic relief, last week to criticize Apple for posing as a protector of privacy while actually cozying up to a dictatorship. Really. You can’t make this stuff up.

Steptoe partner Stewart Baker with Megan Reiss

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