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posted by hubie on Saturday September 09 2023, @01:42AM   Printer-friendly
from the think-of-the-AI-generated-children dept.

On Wednesday, American attorneys general from all 50 states and four territories sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to establish an expert commission to study how generative AI can be used to exploit children through child sexual abuse material (CSAM). They also call for expanding existing laws against CSAM to explicitly cover AI-generated materials.

"As Attorneys General of our respective States and territories, we have a deep and grave concern for the safety of the children within our respective jurisdictions," the letter reads. "And while Internet crimes against children are already being actively prosecuted, we are concerned that AI is creating a new frontier for abuse that makes such prosecution more difficult."

In particular, open source image synthesis technologies such as Stable Diffusion allow the creation of AI-generated pornography with ease, and a large community has formed around tools and add-ons that enhance this ability. Since these AI models are openly available and often run locally, there are sometimes no guardrails preventing someone from creating sexualized images of children, and that has rung alarm bells among the nation's top prosecutors. (It's worth noting that Midjourney, DALL-E, and Adobe Firefly all have built-in filters that bar the creation of pornographic content.)

"Creating these images is easier than ever," the letter reads, "as anyone can download the AI tools to their computer and create images by simply typing in a short description of what the user wants to see. And because many of these AI tools are 'open source,' the tools can be run in an unrestricted and unpoliced way."

As we have previously covered, it has also become relatively easy to create AI-generated deepfakes of people without their consent using social media photos.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by janrinok on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:32AM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:32AM (#1323788) Journal

    Many years ago there was a case in the UK where a photoprocessing lab reported child pornography in a film that they were processing.

    As best that I can recall, there were several 'suspect' images. The first was a new born baby being bathed by the midwife. The second set was of 2 young children, presumably from the same parents, playing in a bath with soap bubbles. The children were aged somewhere around 3 or 4 years old. The images were all thrown out of court, quite rightly in my opinion. However, the fact that they got as far as a court means that potentially police, social services and others would have been involved in assessing the images or deciding how best to 'protect' the children involved.

    There are other similar cases. Naked children playing innocently on a beach (where parents could also sunbathe naked if they chose to do so), children playing with a hosepipe in their own garden, etc.

    There will always be idiots and narrow-minded busibodies who see child abuse everywhere they look. Now, apparently, children can be abused simply by allowing them to read childrens' books. But it does make me wonder what kind of person sees abuse in things that are just part of a child's development and the process of growing up.

    I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.
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