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Some reflections on AI, data protection and competition issues from the web debate

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After working on the recording about competition regulations and case studies in different countries for almost four days, I feel warm to participate in the web debate: How to Train Diplomats to Deal With AI and Data? by DiploFoundation and those familiar discussions.

I copied some reflections from my personal social media channel in this article to keep some materials for future writing about using the ChatGPT to help translate competition regulations and improve my studies.

I still remember people were not interested in artificial intelligence(AI) at the beginning of 2022. Only some people vote for AI to be one topic. But there were 3 or 4 discussions about AI, competition, and consumer protection in the IGF2022. A study on training AI was conducted to analyse the relationship between facial recognition and emotion. And a panel discussion by the Polish government department about using AI to explore deceptive web designs. For developing countries, the emerging issue is that they need critical internet infrastructure for fundamental development, capacity building and technology development. How do they develop AI technology by a big step?

Some early-stage users have shared their code or methods to train AI generator services in some internet forums already. Professor Jovan Kurbalija said in the Zoom chat room that it needs big data to train AI. Besides data protection, governments should soon consider protecting the mindset (or mind-thinking, which could be intellectual property or copyright protection).  But obviously, we know the policy-making process is always slower than technology development. I was thinking about how data protection regulations and cross-border AI development. Many countries have data protection acts or rules to protect consumers, human rights, and the internal market or assist the competition law. The GDPR protects data and assists competition rules (TFEU 101 & 102) for the EU digital market.

Government intervention will counteract the technology development, even for consumer protection. We need a clear line to illuminate enterprises to have ethics, not only for compliance with the law but also to develop new technology. There will likely be a government bans on ChatGPT with data protection issue after the Italian government banned ChatGPT for privacy protection.

After posting my concern on social media, I saw a tweet with the link: Data Regulator Says Germany May Block ChatGPT by Competition Policy International. From the post, the German, French and Irish data protection authorities may stand in line with the Italian government to prohibit the ChatGPT service.

I read some reports from International Competition Network (ICN). The member states of ICN have researched AI with bid-rigging, price-fixing, and other anti-competition conducts.

People may think about how to protect their rights and privacy in the fast AI technology development age. But I'd like to know if there will be a regulation to set a optimise or balanced point between economic development, technology development and consumer protection.

Some notes:

  • I shared the article with my personal perspective.
  • I will post articles in English or Chinese here. But the article in English will be on LinkedIn too.
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