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The Honest Broker • 21443 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Impersonation scams are evolving, with AI being used to create fake authors and books to mislead readers.
  2. Demand for transparency in AI usage can help prevent scams and maintain integrity in content creation.
  3. Experts are vulnerable to having their hard-earned knowledge and work exploited by AI, highlighting the need for regulations to protect against such misuse.
TK News by Matt Taibbi • 11152 implied HN points • 17 Feb 24
  1. The State Department is threatening Congress over their censorship programs funding, showing resistance to disclosing details on how taxpayer money is being spent.
  2. The Global Engagement Center (GEC) has been involved in anti-disinformation work, which includes backing a UK-based agency that creates digital blacklists for disfavored media outlets.
  3. There is growing pushback against agencies like the GEC that operate with secrecy, with calls for more transparency and oversight, especially in programs that target American media consumers.
Popular Information • 13718 implied HN points • 02 Oct 23
  1. North Carolina Republicans have created a 'secret police force' through a legislative committee with extraordinary investigative powers.
  2. The new rules by North Carolina Republicans could potentially compromise privacy, attorney-client privilege, and accountability.
  3. Changes in public records laws in North Carolina give lawmakers more authority over what documents are considered public, raising concerns about transparency and accountability.
Thing of Things • 805 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. Effective altruist culture should prioritize spending resources efficiently for doing good.
  2. Career opportunities in effective altruism should be based on merit and skills, not connections or social status.
  3. Maintaining transparency and accountability is crucial for building trust and ensuring the effectiveness of organizations in the effective altruism movement.
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A Lawyer Writes • 353 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Lady chief justice emphasizes the importance of high-quality reporting for the public's understanding of the judiciary.
  2. Efforts are being made to enhance broadcasting of court proceedings in England and Wales, including televising sentencing remarks.
  3. Transparency in the courts is seen as a fundamental part of the process in allowing proper access to justice.
ChinaTalk • 133 implied HN points • 04 Mar 24
  1. AI can enhance diplomacy by streamlining bureaucratic tasks, providing accurate data for negotiations, and improving analysis processes.
  2. Risk management in the State Department varies for different tasks: while tasks like HR and IT services can run faster to match the private sector, activities like foreign assistance and passport services require a higher burden due to their public impact.
  3. Strategic use of transparency can be a strength for the U.S. in diplomacy, as seen in the Biden administration's doctrine. Leveraging transparency internally and externally can have strategic advantages over closed societies.
Marcus on AI • 76 HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. OpenAI has been accused of not being completely candid in their communications and responses to questions.
  2. There have been instances where OpenAI's statements may not accurately reflect their true intentions or actions.
  3. Concerns have been raised about OpenAI's transparency regarding their data training sources, financial matters, regulation views, and future plans.
Second Rough Draft • 157 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. Be transparent when sharing bad news with your newsroom - journalists are professional skeptics and value honesty.
  2. If you have multiple problems, address them separately to avoid confusion and speculation among your team.
  3. Establish a culture of transparency in your newsroom to minimize surprises and build trust with your team.
OpenTheBooks Substack • 779 implied HN points • 09 Aug 23
  1. Anthony Fauci defended NIH culture of secrecy regarding third-party royalty payments.
  2. Chinese and Russian companies paid NIH for licensing technologies developed with U.S. taxpayer money.
  3. Companies like Purdue Pharma paid royalties to NIH scientists, raising questions about conflicts of interest.
Singal-Minded • 1670 implied HN points • 21 Feb 23
  1. A controversy on Twitter erupted when a researcher accused a writer of misinterpreting a sentence in the Standards of Care document
  2. The writer engaged in a debate on social media to defend their interpretation of the sentence
  3. The controversy reached a dramatic conclusion when it was revealed that the writer was falsely accused, leading to public embarrassment for the accuser
The DisInformation Chronicle • 580 implied HN points • 11 Jul 23
  1. Follow the documents and money to get to the truth, not just the science.
  2. Constant evidence suggests a cover-up regarding the pandemic's origin.
  3. Scientists and officials involved in the investigation have been misleading in their testimonies and actions.
Database Engineering by Sort • 15 implied HN points • 01 Mar 24
  1. Data quality is crucial for businesses as it influences customer experience, decision-making, and AI outcomes.
  2. Collaboration is key for improving data quality, as automated tools can only address a portion of data issues.
  3. Sort provides a platform for transparent collaboration on databases, allowing for public and private database sharing, issue tracking, proposing and reviewing database changes.
husseini • 550 implied HN points • 05 Mar 23
  1. The Senate bill only requires the release of information related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, not all Covid origins information.
  2. Claims by sponsors like Sen. Hawley that the bill mandates declassification of all relevant Covid origins information are inaccurate.
  3. The bill focuses on declassifying information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, leaving out other institutions and possible pandemic origins.
Concoda • 502 implied HN points • 21 Mar 23
  1. There is a hidden battle within America's sovereign debt market that is about to transform.
  2. The regulatory focus is shifting towards increasing transparency in the Treasury market to subdue systemic risk.
  3. Implementing all-to-all trading in the Treasury market could democratize the market, enhance liquidity, and improve market resilience.
False Positive • 39 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Investigating money laundering involves challenges such as identifying individuals, tracing illicit proceeds, and facing budget limitations in law enforcement.
  2. Beneficial ownership data is crucial in uncovering complex money laundering schemes involving shell companies that obscure the true owners and facilitate criminal activities.
  3. The new Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Database in the U.S. aims to enhance law enforcement capabilities by providing direct access to company ownership information, simplifying investigations and possibly reducing compliance costs for financial institutions.
Who is Robert Malone • 11 implied HN points • 02 Mar 24
  1. The mandate for COVID-19 injections raises concerns about toxic exposure for the Armed Forces and its impact on national security and defense readiness posture.
  2. The VA's stance on vaccine-related toxicity contradicts scientific evidence and poses a threat to service members, veterans, and national security readiness.
  3. Transparency, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making are crucial to address failures in military healthcare systems, misinformation, and potential effects on defense readiness and national security.
OpenTheBooks Substack • 298 implied HN points • 10 Jun 23
  1. Transparency in government spending is crucial in holding politicians accountable and changing how we are governed.
  2. New technologies allow us to bring government spending into the light and make it accessible to the public in real-time.
  3. Citizens play a key role in demanding transparency and responsible spending of tax dollars to bring about positive change.
Gotham by Susan Dyer Reynolds • 196 implied HN points • 07 Aug 23
  1. Jennifer Friedenbach is the executive director of Coalition on Homelessness and has faced criticism for her lack of qualifications and questionable financial decisions.
  2. The Coalition on Homelessness lacks transparency in their financial reports, with questionable classification of expenses and no clear demonstration of results.
  3. Friedenbach's involvement in conflicts of interest, such as granting her own nonprofit a large grant from an oversight committee she chairs, raises concerns about ethical practices in addressing homelessness issues.
OpenTheBooks Substack • 254 implied HN points • 25 May 23
  1. U.S. has spent $13 billion since 2012 on unaccompanied minor children at the border.
  2. Federal funding for unaccompanied children has increased significantly in recent years.
  3. Reports indicate that a large number of sponsored children are missing with unknown whereabouts.
OpenTheBooks Substack • 298 implied HN points • 13 Mar 23
  1. Silicon Valley Bank faced transparency issues after being taken over by federal regulators and criticized for investment priorities.
  2. California Governor Gavin Newsom and his nonprofit have close ties with Silicon Valley Bank, raising ethical concerns.
  3. Investigations should be conducted into the relationship between Silicon Valley Bank and the Newsom administration.
computers suck • 176 implied HN points • 01 Jun 23
  1. Traditional salary-setting processes can feel like a black box, leaving employees with little insight.
  2. Transparency in salary information contributes to equity and equality in pay.
  3. The Skill Tree process at garden3d empowers individuals to advocate for themselves and others in a fair and transparent manner.
Rod’s Blog • 59 implied HN points • 26 Sep 23
  1. Responsible AI requires prioritizing ethical practices to avoid risks and gain trust from users and stakeholders.
  2. Irresponsible AI practices can lead to unfair bias, lack of transparency, privacy concerns, and negative social impacts.
  3. Organizations can implement responsible AI by prioritizing human-centeredness, fairness, transparency, privacy, accountability, continuous monitoring, and collaborative engagement.
AI: A Guide for Thinking Humans • 148 implied HN points • 03 Apr 23
  1. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy's misunderstanding of ChatGPT sparked a discussion about AI education and awareness.
  2. The Future of Life Institute's open letter calling for a pause on developing powerful AI systems led to debates about the risks and benefits of AI technology.
  3. An opinion piece in Time Magazine by Eliezer Yudkowsky raised extreme concerns about the potential dangers of superhuman AI and sparked further discussion on AI regulation and public literacy.
ailogblog • 19 implied HN points • 15 Dec 23
  1. Startups like are exploring emotionally-aware AI for personalized learning in education.
  2. Transparency initiatives, like the one from the Center for Research on Foundation Models, aim to improve understanding of AI training data and processes.
  3. Antitrust actions against tech giants, like the recent ruling against Google, may impact the power dynamics in the AI industry, potentially benefitting smaller companies.
Random Minds by Katherine Brodsky • 126 implied HN points • 10 Apr 23
  1. Users of Substack had issues posting links and engaging with content, mirroring past actions by Elon Musk.
  2. Search bans were placed on accounts and terms, leading to difficulties in accessing Twitter content.
  3. The situation raised questions about transparency, trust in Elon Musk, and the fairness of link restrictions on Twitter.
Rod’s Blog • 39 implied HN points • 11 Oct 23
  1. AI Security and Responsible AI are related and play a critical role in ensuring the ethical and safe use of artificial intelligence.
  2. By intertwining AI Security and Responsible AI, organizations can build AI systems that are trustworthy, reliable, and beneficial for society.
  3. Challenges and opportunities in AI security and responsible AI include protecting data, addressing bias and fairness, ensuring transparency, and upholding accountability.