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Ethics in AI should not be an afterthought

Ethics in AI is an afterthought in development, making adoption a risky proposition. New industry standards, such as ISO/IEC 42001, and rigorous testing for generative AI models, guided by established ethical principles in AI management, can ease apprehension surrounding the advancement of this truly transformative technology.

Huge hazards and pitfalls loom in AI adoption without adequate safeguards and guardrails. There’s potential for perpetuating stereotypes, spreading misinformation, advancing hate speech, hallucinating, exposing private data, and unforeseen harm. The potential for facing legal and financial consequences due to the inappropriate use of generative AI is genuine with devastating outcomes.

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Google at loggerheads over support for journalism

Google and the state of California have come to loggerheads over legislation designed to require Google to provide financial support for local journalism. Naturally, Google is fighting this with a PR and lobbying blitz. They and their allies may be missing the point. Whatever the outcome, it could have a profound impact on the democratic process.

The legislation, The California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) has been wending its way through the California legislation for about a year. The text of the law says, "This bill … would require … a covered platform (as in Google) to remit a … payment to each eligible digital journalism provider … The … payment would be a percentage, as determined by a certain arbitration process, of the covered platform's advertising revenue generated during that quarter."

Google and the state of California have come to loggerheads over legislation designed to require Google to provide financial support for local journalism. Naturally, Google is fighting this with a PR and lobbying blitz. They and their allies may be missing the point. Whatever the outcome, it could have a profound impact on the democratic process.

The legislation, The California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) has been wending its way through the California legislation for about a year. The text of the law says, "This bill … would require … a covered platform (as in Google) to remit a … payment to each eligible digital journalism provider … The … payment would be a percentage, as determined by a certain arbitration process, of the covered platform's advertising revenue generated during that quarter."

History of dispute

A bit of history provides context. Google launched Google News in 2002

A bit of history provides context. Google launched Google News in 2002

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The Dynamic Duo – Why Modern Businesses Need the CIO and CISO to Collaborate

For any cybersecurity or data protection strategy to succeed, organisations need to rely on strong internal collaboration and communication processes. In particular, the CIO/CISO dynamic can have a significant impact on both short- and long-term decision making, from strategic investment decisions to leading the response to security incidents.

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IAM in a shifting environment

The fourth annual Identity Management Day (April 9) brought the opportunity to assess and evaluate the shifting environment plaguing Identity and Access Management (IAM).

Identity plays a pivotal role in all facets of business functions. Overseeing identity and access presents challenges in determining who should have access to what.
This process requires a contextual understanding of the roles and duties of numerous individuals within an organization, ranging from system owners and supervisors to IT, security, and compliance personnel. Managing access between all these stakeholders and decision-makers while mitigating human error, minimizing excessive permissions, and preventing inappropriate access configurations presents a formidable task.

As workforces evolve, managing access privileges becomes even more complex, raising the risk of insider threats and unauthorized access. Understanding identity management is crucial across all business activities, especially with the rise of hybrid and remote work setups.

A strong IAM strategy requires enterprises to maintain a centralized and consistent view of all devices, resources, data, and users, along with timely provisioning of access to different users. When any of these elements are insufficiently operated, both the level of cybersecurity and the quality of user experience are jeopardized.

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GDPR and the need for Cyber Insurance in Europe

GDPR, with its rigorous data protection standards and hefty fines for non-compliance, has heightened awareness about data privacy and reshaped the demand for cyber insurance.

Cyber insurance offers a financial safety net that can help organisations mitigate the potentially devastating financial impacts of cyber incidents, including data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other forms of cybercrime.

Organisations should consider cyber insurance as an integral component of their risk management strategy, particularly given the escalating landscape of cyber threats and regulatory requirements.

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