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The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 46

Open AI’s CEO, Sam Altman, one of the most celebrated AI leaders, was fired at the end of the week with the board making a mysterious statement making the tech business trying to figure out why the man behind GenAI tool ChatGPT was forced to leave. The board said Altman had not been “consistently candid in communications” with them, and as a result they had “lost confidence” in his leadership. Interim CEO is the company’s CTO, Mira Murati. Microsoft has invested heavily in OpenAI and has integrated its generative AI tools in Bing. 

Social media has an increased importance as a news source for EU citizens. Compared to the EU parliament’s media survey 2022, there is an increase of 11 percentage points in the overall share who use social media platforms to access news. Television dominates as the primary news source for EU citizens (71%), followed by online press and news platforms (42%). Radio and social media platforms share the third position with 37% each followed by the written press, mentioned by 21% of respondents. 

Interest in GenAI tools is being used to spread malware on social media. Fraudsters created social media pages and ran ads that encouraged people to “download” Google’s GenAI tool Bard, which is freely available and does not need to be downloaded. The ads instead led people to download malware that compromised their social media accounts, writes Google’s general counsel, Halimah DeLaine Prado, in a blog post. 

Media outlets must avoid misleading the public in their use of AI technologies. In particular, they should refrain from creating or using AI-generated content mimicking real-world captures and recordings or realistically impersonating actual individuals”, states a charter on artificial intelligence and journalism written by a commission brought together by RSF and  chaired by Maria Ressa who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. 

Women in the European Union still earn less than men for equal jobs. The average gender pay gap in the EU is 13%. The gap decreased by only 2.8% pp in 10 years. Women would need to work 1.5 extra months to make up the difference, data from the European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat, shows, The European Equal Pay Day was observed on November 15. “Progress is steady — but slow”, according to Eurostat.


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