Selezione di notizie, informazioni, documenti, strumenti per la promozione della salute e della sicurezza negli ambienti di lavoro e di vita. Diario Prevenzione è online dal 1996. Progetto e realizzazione a cura di Gino Rubini
Pubblichiamo questa lettera aperta che diverse Associazioni della società civile tedesca hanno inviato al loro governo per richiedere una iniziativa energica verso il Consiglio della UE in materia di contenimento dell’uso della sorveglianza biometrica per contrastare una deriva verso la sorveglianza di massa.
Open letter: the German government should stand up for a strong ban on biometric surveillance in the Council of EU negotiations regarding the AI Act
AlgorithmWatch and 23 other civil society organizations are calling on the German government to stand up in the negotiations on the AI Act and advocate for a strong ban on biometric surveillance as mirrored in its coalition treaty.
The Council of the EU, comprised by the member states, is at full speed towards an agreement on the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) and is aiming to reach a general approach by early December. However, the ban in the Act on biometric identification practices which can lead to mass surveillance – in its current form – entails dangerous loopholes and limitations.
Moscow authorities are using the city’s video surveillance system with facial recognition technology to track down and detain draftees seeking to evade mobilization for Russia’s war on Ukraine.
BBC Russian and some Telegramchannels reported that at least seven men have been detained over the past month by law enforcement officers after the city’s facial recognition system flagged them to the police as “draft dodgers.” Following their detention, the men were brought to a police station and then a military enlistment office. While some were released as they were not eligible for the draft, at least two were told to go to the front line.
Un articolo da TheConversation di grande interesse. Per facilitare la lettura al fondo dell’articolo in lingua originale abbiamo postato una traduzione automatica google in italiano. Per qualsiasi utilizzo e riferimento vale la versione in lingua originale.
Horrible bosses: how algorithm managers are taking over the office
The 1999 cult classic film Office Space depicts Peter’s dreary life as a cubicle-dwelling software engineer. Every Friday, Peter tries to avoid his boss and the dreaded words: “I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow.”
This scene is still popular on the internet nearly 25 years later because it captures troubling aspects of the employment relationship – the helplessness Peter feels, the fake sympathy his boss intones when issuing this directive, the never-ending demand for greater productivity.
There is no shortage of pop culture depictions of horrible bosses. There is even a film with that title. But things could be about to get worse. What is to be made of the new bosses settling into workplaces across all sectors: the algorithm managers?
The rise of algorithm management
The prospect of robots replacing workers is frequently covered in the media. But, it is not only labour that is being automated. Managers are too. Increasingly we see software algorithms assume managerial functions, such as screening job applications, delegating work, evaluating worker performance – and even deciding when employees should be fired.
The offloading of tasks from human managers to machines is only set to increase as surveillance and monitoring devices become increasingly sophisticated. In particular, wearable technology that can track employee movements.
From an employer’s point of view, there is much to be gained from transferring managers’ duties to algorithms. Algorithms lower business costs by automating tasks that take longer for humans to complete. Uber, with its 22,800 employees, can supervise 3.5 million drivers according to the latest yearly figures.
Riprendiamo questo articolo di denuncia dell’Osservatorio “Algorithm Watch” sull’idea del Partito FdI di utilizzare Intelligenza Artificiale per “individuare” i giovani che al termine dell’obbligo scolastico non proseguono gli studi e non lavorano….Un’idea per il momento messa da parte, non è apparsa sul programma elettorale ma… una volta al governo potrebbe essere riesumata. Per le implicazioni gravi per le libertà personali che comporterebbe questo progetto se fosse realizzato rimandiamo alla lettura dell’articolo. Al fondo del testo originale in lingua inglese abbiamo postato una traduzione automatica in italiano. Per un uso professionale di questo testo va utilizzato il testo alla fonte. Ringraziamo Algorithm Watch per il prezioso lavoro che svolge.
Italian neofascists considered building an authoritarian AI to solve unemployment. They are far from alone.
by Josephine Lulamae The neofascist party Brothers of Italy proposed to use Artificial Intelligence to assign young people mandatory jobs. The idea has a lot in common with “algorithmic solutions” to unemployment in other EU countries.
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Back in April, the far-right Brothers of Italy party presented “Notes on a Conservative Program”. In a chapter on work, they called for an “artificial intelligence system” that “traces the list of young people who finish high school and university every year and connects them to companies in the sector.” This, the authors of the chapter wrote, would finally solve “youth unemployment,” as “the young person will no longer be able to choose whether to work or not, but [will be] bound to accept the job offer for himself (sic), for his family and for the country, under penalty of loss of all benefits with the application of a system of sanctions.”
The proposal did not make it to the final program that Brothers of Italy published prior to the election on 25 September, when they became Italy’s largest party with 26% of the vote.
Ironically, the neofascists most likely had intended to use Artificial Intelligence to “create a fog around them, around what they are and what they want, because they want to attract a more moderate right-wing electorate,” says sociologist Antonio Casilli. Guido Crosetto, the Brothers of Italy co-founder who edited the work chapter, is not considered knowledgeable on technology, though he once tweeted about being “in favor of introducing artificial intelligence to the Ministry of Justice”. Unlike in other countries, there is no noticeable overlap between the Italian tech scene and far-right parties like Lega Nord and Brothers of Italy. Continua a leggere “Con IA (l’intelligenza artificiale) non si scherza. Un’idea distopica per controllare i comportamenti dei giovani”
Il ministero della migrazione greco ha annunciato che utilizzerà droni finanziati dall’UE con “Intelligenza artificiale” per rintracciare le persone che cercano rifugio al confine. Le promesse che miglioreranno anche le operazioni di ricerca e salvataggio suonano vane.
All’apertura della Fiera internazionale di Salonicco lo scorso settembre, il ministro greco per l’immigrazione Notis Mitarakis – altrimenti noto per aver liquidato le prove in corso dei brutali e illegali respingimenti dei richiedenti asilo da parte delle guardie di frontiera greche come “notizie false” – ha fatto notizia a livello nazionale quando ha presentato la sua Ultimo progetto del ministero: 3,7 milioni di euro di finanziamento per droni con “algoritmi innovativi” in grado di “identificare automaticamente obiettivi di interesse definiti” al confine greco.