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A thorough statement on the military's AI use

After 15 months of meetings, outreach and development, the Defense Innovation Board issued a report on the principles it believes should guide the ethical use of artificial intelligence by the Department of Defense. The document explores DOD’s existing ethical framework, defines artificial intelligence and what makes the technology different, proposes principles for AI ethics in the department and makes recommendations for the implementation of those principles, with an emphasis on maintaining control and accountability for whatever is built. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier takes you inside the report.

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‘Get the agencies moving’ toward CDO Council, former House Speaker urges

Under the OPEN Government Data Act, OMB must create a federal CDO Council. Current and former officials Wednesday urged the agency to work swiftly in getting the council stood up. Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a hand in writing the law, acknowledged that while it is new, OMB has “a lot of work” to do ensuring agencies designate CDOs and standing up the council in the first year. “Yes it’s money, but let’s get the agencies moving down the path,” said Ryan, who also was Budget Committee chairman during his congressional career. “OMB is an important funnel in the federal government that has to choose what it wants to prioritize.” Dave Nyczepir has this one.

CMS selects participants for predictive health AI challenge

CMS has named 25 entities to take part in the first stage of the Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. Competing for a pot of $1.6 million, the teams are being asked to use AI and deep learning to predict unplanned hospital visits within a 30-day window for Medicare beneficiaries and create innovative ways to explain their results to front-line clinicians and patients. See who CMS chose for stage one.

Will AWS protest Microsoft’s JEDI award?

Since Microsoft won DOD's $10 billion JEDI cloud award last week, the question has been will AWS protest the decision? While many jumped to the conclusion that another protest in this highly controversial acquisition is inevitable, several IT and procurement experts told FedScoop there's good reason AWS might think twice. Billy Mitchell has this one.

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