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AI-generated child sex imagery has every US attorney general calling for action

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2023-09-06 22:17:19 from the think of the AI generated children dept.
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https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/09/ai-generated-child-sex-imagery-has-every-us-attorney-general-calling-for-action/ [arstechnica.com]

On Wednesday, American attorneys general from all 50 states and four territories sent a letter [naag.org] to Congress urging lawmakers [naag.org] 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."
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In particular, open source image synthesis technologies such as Stable Diffusion [arstechnica.com] allow the creation of AI-generated pornography with ease, and a large community [404media.co] 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 [arstechnica.com] 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 [arstechnica.com] to create AI-generated deepfakes of people without their consent using social media photos.


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