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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.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/09/ai-generated-child-sex-imagery-has-every-us-attorney-general-calling-for-action/

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: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday September 09 2023, @05:45PM (2 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday September 09 2023, @05:45PM (#1323883) Journal

    Or you may just have wanted to help, as happened to a teacher in Germany.

    Unfortunately I couldn't find anything about it in English, therefore here a German language link:

    https://www.heise.de/news/Sexualstrafrecht-Lehrerin-will-bei-intimen-Video-vermitteln-Anklage-folgt-9288687.html [heise.de]

    (I tried to translate the first paragraphs with DeepL, but it seems to hang at the moment)

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  • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:11PM

    by pTamok (3042) on Saturday September 09 2023, @06:11PM (#1323886)

    My German is just good enough to understand. (I could be wrong.)

    The key words for me are 'judicially correct'.

    But insane in the real world. From the reporting (and of course, we don't know the full story), the consequences for the teacher were unreasonably harsh.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Opportunist on Monday September 11 2023, @05:10PM

    by Opportunist (5545) on Monday September 11 2023, @05:10PM (#1324091)

    In a nutshell, a teacher tried to stop a sexually explicit video of a 13 year old girl to get distributed and put it on her phone to show it to the parents, but now she's in possession of child pornography, costing her her job and pretty much ending her career.

    And people ask me why I cross the street and try to get as much distance as I possibly could if I see a child crying all alone. The LAST thing I would want is to get involved in that in ANY way. It's literally better that this kid dies than to get involved in ANY way, I cannot win anything here, but I could effectively lose my life. Pretending that I never saw or heard that kid in distress is the sensible thing to do here.