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Policymakers around the world and in the United States are prioritizing policies to keep kids and teenagers safe on the internet and social media. This discussion extends to AI.
President Joe Biden recently released a fact sheet outlining the contents of his pending executive order on “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence.” The fact sheet, which outlines the content of the full order, directs multiple federal agencies on how they should approach AI’s impact within their areas of jurisdiction.
It specifically mentions safety for minors within the AI and social media context: “To better protect Americans’ privacy, including from the risks posed by AI, the President calls on Congress to pass bipartisan data privacy legislation to protect all Americans, especially kids.”
The president is correct that the protection of minors online should be a priority. But what’s left out of this fact sheet, executive order and most discussions about online safety for minors, is the role AI has and could have in making the internet a safer place for all users, “especially kids.”
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to be a tool that