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IT and Media news week 36.

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 36

The EU Commission’s vice president Margrethe Vestager is temporarily stepping down from her position at the Commission. This comes at the same time as the long awaited EU digital acts, meant to make the online environment safer, are coming into force. Vestager is a candidate for the job as president of the European Investment Bank.

Social media companies have enabled the Kremlin to run a large-scale disinformation campaign during the first year of the Russian war against Ukraine, the EU Commission says in a report on how the new EU Digital Services Act can be used to fight disinformation.  Social media companies’ promises to limit the reach of Kremlin-sponsored disinformation have overall been unsuccessful, the report concludes.

Copyright and access to huge amounts of data to train artificial intelligence for generative AI tools is a controversial topic for both content creators and politicians. Content creators want to be paid for this new use of huge amounts of data. The latest example is that the Guardian is joining other big media companies blocking generative AI tools makers from using the newspaper’s content to power artificial intelligence.

Microsoft says some of its customers worry about the risk of intellectual property infringement claims if they use output produced by generative AI. The company says it therefore will assume responsibility for the potential legal risks involved.


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