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June 20, 2023

AI-generated child sexual abuse images “spawn new nightmare for the web”

  • Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) has seen an increase in images depicting child sexual exploitation.
  • This has led to concerns among child-safety investigators that they will undermine efforts to combat real-world abuse.
  • Thousands of AI-generated child sexual abuse images have been found on forums across the dark web.
  • On one forum of 3,000 members, around 80% responded to an internal poll stating they had used or intended to use AI tools to create child sexual abuse images.
  • The director of data science at Thorn has reported that children’s images, including content of known victims are being repurposed for this “really evil output”.
  • The images have sparked debate on whether they violate child protection laws as often they depict children who do not exist.
  • For more, please visit the Washington Post website.

WhatsApp introduces feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers

  • Following complaints from customers in India, the platform has introduced a new feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers.
  • This is to combat the amount of spam calls users are receiving.
  • Users can turn on this option by going to ‘Settings’, ‘Privacy’, ‘Calls’ and then selecting the ‘Silence unknown caller option’.
  • WhatsApp said that while calls from unknown numbers will be automatically silenced, they will show up in notifications and the app’s call list.
  • The platform has also added a new privacy check-up feature that will appear in the Privacy section.
  • This feature will take the user through the processes for setting up different privacy controls within the app.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Charities highlight scourge of gambling addiction ahead of International Gaming Summit held in NI

  • Charities have united and called for tighter regulation of the gaming industry in NI.
  • This comes as the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) is starting its 40th annual International Gaming Summit today in County Down.
  • Charities in NI who work to combat gambling addiction have written an open letter to the IAGA, highlighting that one in 50 people in NI suffer an addiction and appealing for regulation of the likes of electronic gaming machines.
  • Gambling addiction is four times higher in NI than in Great Britain and nearly three times higher than in the Republic of Ireland.
  • The article highlights highly addictive electronic gaming machines and how rules around them are out-dated and not adhered to or enforced.
  • For the full story, go to the Belfast Telegraph’s website.