YL Blog #9 – Facial Recognition Technology: Use and Abuse Cases in the United States, China and Hawaii

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Imagine you and your family are part of a minority ethnic group and practice a minority religion. The government does not support your practices and has developed a facial recognition system that notifies local police when you and your family exit a quarter-mile zone encompassing your home and workplace. Some of your neighbors have been taken to re-education camps, shackled and tortured, and forced to pray in the dominant religion and speak the dominant language. The government is actively trying to eradicate your practices, and to some extent, your ethnic group.

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YL Blog #8: Want to Support COFA Students? Empower Their Parents

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Recruitment is also a problem.  Organizers go to schools to recruit parents as they drop off their children, but many parents do not come to school with their children in the morning. More parents could be reached if there was better coordination with schools and the DOE to identify and recommend parents for the program, in particular parents of students who are struggling academically or have high rates of absenteeism.

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YL Blog #6: India Must Take the Lead in the AI Norms Race

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There appears to be a growing consensus in global policy circles that military use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is “inevitable.” This perceived inevitability is largely a product of the P-5 – China, the United States, United Kingdom, France and Russia – actively pursuing military applications of AI while simultaneously opposing a ban on their development and production. The rationale for the pursuit of such technologies is simple: the advantages in terms of speed, lethality, and effectiveness provided by AI systems will make them an essential element of military dominance in the coming decades.

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YL Blog #4 – The Future of the INF Treaty: From Bilateral to Global

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On April 7, 2019, I had the honor of attending the sixth meeting of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific in Bali, Indonesia. Discussions, which ranged from the INF treaty to nuclear governance and disarmament, were enlightening and provided a comprehensive outlook on the current nuclear regime, including issues related to nuclear security, safety, and safeguards. Focused discussion on the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty provided an in-depth and insightful perspective on the current INF treaty and the future of arms control agreements.

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