Apartheid is lucrative for Israeli tech

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Despite their connections to apartheid, Israeli tech companies like Oosto continue to find support from foreign investors and governments, including the United States. The double standard towards Israeli tech perpetuates a culture of oppression targeting Palestinians.

By Jack Dodson | Mondoweiss | Dec 4, 2022

Biden’s proposed AI Bill of Rights exemplifies the double standards the U.S. government, financial, and corporate sectors employ when it comes to technology and human rights.

Bruce Reed, deputy chief of staff to United States President Joe Biden, took the stage at a press event on October 4 to celebrate a milestone for his administration. They would be releasing a blueprint for use of artificial intelligence that would guide future policies around its ethical use.

“Most Americans think Washington can be better at artificial than at intelligence, but this is a group that got it right,” Reed said, before arguing that tech should be used to strengthen democracy rather than undermine it. “We’re kicking off this work, leading by example, with real commitments from across the federal government.”

The document he was introducing, called the “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights,” opens with a very clear statement: “You should be protected from unsafe or ineffective systems,” it reads. “Automated systems should be developed with consultation from diverse communities, stakeholders and domain experts.” A major exception the white paper outlines is in cases of “national security,” including policing, arguing that those state powers require a separate criteria of ethics. On top of that, the blueprint explicitly states that it does not create any legal or logistical standard that is enforceable.

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