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Tech executives call for collaboration on responsible AI framework

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Jun 21, 2023
Jennifer Helm, Robert Rakowitz, Kerry Flynn, Chris Deri and Lisa Osborne Ross seated at a table with a white tablecloth and flowers

Meta's Jennifer Helm, Global Alliance for Responsible Media's Robert Rakowitz, Axios' Kerry Flynn, Weber Shandwick's Chris Deri and Edelman's Lisa Osborne Ross. Photo: Matthieu Roggero on behalf of Axios

Responsible use of artificial intelligence that curbs misinformation rather than creates more of it will require collaboration among the tech platforms, advertisers and others in the online ecosystem.

Driving the news: More than a dozen executives expressed that desire Tuesday at a brunch in Cannes, hosted by brand safety tech company Zefr.

Why it matters: As more money funnels into AI startups, existing players are discussing how to develop a responsible framework for this tech.

What they're saying: "When we all come together and work toward the single common goal is when we're achieving success," said Samantha Stetson, Meta's vice president, client council and industry trade relations. "Each company individually ... going out and trying to address this, we're not going to get it."

  • "We're hopeful that good AI can help beat bad AI," said Jennifer Helm, head of advertising stakeholder development at Meta. "I think that we should find some comfort in that. When it comes to political content, it is about keeping up with new trends. I think we're gonna have to develop and learn along with the rest of the industry."
  • "What I'm encouraged by is the activity of ... the companies. It always starts with the larger companies leaning in," Trustworthy Accountability Group CEO Mike Zaneis said. "It doesn't take 100 industry leaders to move the market. It takes a couple of key advertisers."

Zoom in: The lack of federal rules about the use of AI in political advertising may soon change, Axios Pro: Tech Policy's Ashley Gold writes. The Federal Election Commission announced Tuesday it will hold a meeting Thursday to consider whether to initiate a full rulemaking on political deepfakes.

  • That movement comes as a new ad from Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis featured AI-generated, fake images of former President Trump kissing and hugging Anthony Fauci.

Of note: One action already taken by media buying agency GroupM is encouraging clients to create their own social charter.

  • "This is a manual effort," said Amanda Grant, global head of social at GroupM. "Because each client has different decisioning when it comes to what's important to them, what their values are."
  • "We try not to act out of fear," said Beatriz Perez, chief communications, sustainability and strategic partnerships officer for The Coca‑Cola Company. "But we also understand our accountability to make sure that we're doing the right things and have the mechanisms in place and working with the people who are truly the experts, because we're not the experts."
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