The Risks of Internet Regulation

How Well-Intentioned Efforts Could Jeopardize Free Speech

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On March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would, if enacted, force Chinese media conglomerate ByteDance to divest itself of TikTok or find the popular social media site banned in the United States. The fear that Beijing has access to the data of 170 million U.S.

While red teaming usually takes place behind closed doors at companies, labs, or top-secret government facilities, the organizers of last year’s exercise at the DEF CON hacking conference said opening it up to the general public provides two major advantages. First, it offers a greater diversity of participants and perspectives engaging with the chatbots than smaller handpicked teams at the companies building them. Second, public red teaming creates a more realistic picture of how people might engage with these chatbots in the real world to create accidental or inadvertent harms.



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