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Sam Weiss Evans
Science & Technology Studies, security, and that fuzzy line between technologies that harm and those that help. Tufts STS. Visiting
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Sam Weiss Evans 4h
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Oh, and if this gets appended to the Defense omnibus bill, there’s probably a fair chance it’ll be passed.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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What we need are spaces for working out what is a security concern, NOT unilateral lists of whatever an agency wants to monitor. This bill is bonkers.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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Also, this looks designed to reignite the “academic freedom vs national security” debate, which is not the best path forward for dealing with this issue.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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Universities would apparently have a right of appeal, but that’s putting immense burden on them (and the OIG) to prove...what? The topics aren’t sensitive? Good luck with that.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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It is unclear if the lists of sensitive research and sensitive projects will be publicly released. If they are, they might themselves pose information hazards. If they aren’t, they would be doubly unenforceable.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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That means research institutions will inevitable fall afoul of the law. The enforcement seems only directed at federally funded “sensitive research projects”, but I suspect that’ll catch plenty.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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The “sensitive research topics” list is going to be a nightmare. Agencies can unilaterally add items to the list. This is a sure fire way to overpopulate a list and ensure incomplete oversight and compliance.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
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Crazily, the interagency task force wouldn’t include the Department of Commerce, which has authority for deemed exports, I.e. in-country transfers of export controlled technology.
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Sam Weiss Evans 5h
🚨new bill in the House “Protect Our Universities Act of 2019” proposes to create a new DHS interagency group to define “sensitive research projects” and then screen foreign nationals who work on them. Some thoughts (THREAD)
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 24
Biting. This is fake news at its best.
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Jack Clark Jun 23
I will be testifying in Congress on Wednesday re Societal and Ethical implications of AI. Will discuss AI progress (based on work ), and discuss safety issues. Thrilled to speak alongside and and Georgia Tourassi.
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 21
What arstechnica thinks is good science, vs what teams think. My first thought was “omg another white haired white dude.” My second was “where are your gloves!?”
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 20
Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes - MIT Technology Review
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 19
Replying to @OlafCorry
🗣War! What is it [the discourse] good for?....not quite the punch for the original, I guess.
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Ksenia Jun 17
Wonder why the use of ‘natural disasters’ misnomer in reports is problematic? & my contributing paper ‘Language matters: Dangers of the “natural disaster” misnomer’ is now online:
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Filippa Lentzos Jun 17
NYT piece on coupled with rumours, misinformation and deliberate
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 18
Replying to @bwiedwards
I mean, I guess discriminating on class isn’t a protected category? Race, religion, sex...sure....
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 18
MIT living up to its reputation of digital prowess
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 17
Very exciting to see progress on reopening the Oxford-Cambridge rail line! With luck trains will be running in the middle of the decade!
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Sam Weiss Evans Jun 17
That what we’re aiming for!
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