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Are states using unethical AI software?

On this week’s Priorities podcast, an author of a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about automated public-benefit fraud detection software explains the filing. Grant Fergusson, a fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, explains the “concerning things” the group found and why it’s asking for more responsible use of artificial intelligence by governments and their vendors. “The information we found suggested that [the tools] were using data and analytics that didn’t make sense for fraud detection — things like social media profiles, how far you were traveling for groceries — all kinds of random assortments and information,” Fergusson says. “Also concerning because there was information that we weren’t receiving from the government.”

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Priorities Podcast

Each Wednesday, StateScoop’s Priorities Podcast explores the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. Listen to in-depth conversations with government and industry’s top executives, and learn about trending stories affecting state and local IT leaders ranging from modernization and digital accessibility to the latest advances in generative artificial intelligence.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.