Technology in the future after Row – POLITICO

Supreme Court decision annulment Rowe vs. Wade obviously has far-reaching political implications, not least when it comes to both current and future technologies.

POLITICS Ben Leonard report released today about the implications of the decision on virtual abortion care, where medical professionals frequently prescribe abortion pills through telemedicine visits. This type of care had already been banned in 19 states prior to today’s ruling, and now those who want abortions in the red states will have to fight governments that privacy and abortion activists fear may be looking for data to prosecute. through the courts of both those who seek abortions and providers.

“It’s easiest to use it against patients who do these searches on their phones or laptops,” Mary Ziegler, a professor at Florida State University College of Law and an expert on abortion litigation, told Ben. “For the time being, states say they are not going to punish patients, but they will find that it will be easier to punish patients, and so they may eventually decide to change their minds on this issue.”

Ben and Ruth Reeder told us last month how telemedicine providers prepared. And in last week’s POLITICO’s report Sam Sabin described how abortion rights groups have already been ramping up their digital privacy and cybersecurity defenses in front of Caviarflips over.

Like Sam wrote in dfd, digital surveillance scenarios such as police placing facial recognition cameras near abortion clinics and collecting data from health apps raise serious concerns. (She also answered questions from readers last month on data privacy and digital abortion surveillance.)

Information services such as Repro Legal Helpline have implemented secure messaging through services such as Tor, Signal and ProtonMail as experts warn that current law enforcement practices to test seized devices could lead to mountains of compromising data in states where abortion is currently time is illegal.

Eva Halperin, director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Sam: “The most likely situation right now is that a person is reported by a relative or an ER nurse, and then if they’re in a state like Texas, the state just shows up and looks for their phone.

This means that some abortion rights activists are trying to go even further in protecting the privacy of patient data, including turning to the blockchain. This may seem like an unpromising approach given the many high-profile recent examples authorities tracking so-called untraceable transactions, but some activists believe the technology can serve another function: organize massive fundraising campaigns, via “abortion DAO” (or decentralized autonomous organization).

When the draft opinion on the annulment of the decision Caviar leaked last month The newspaper “New York Times interviewed crypto-enthusiast abortion activists who suggested that members of such a DAO could quickly pool funds, which they then arrange for distribution to abortion seekers with limited access to healthcare, giving examples such as the DAO Constitution as well as UkraineDAO that performed similar functions.

Molly Dixon and Madison Page, the two Texas artists who launched the NFT line to raise funds for abortions after the passage of the draft resolution, have been forthright about the effectiveness of the technology, drawing attention in interview with Reuterspointing out how the hype around technology can be used as leverage for activism.

“So much money is pouring into cryptocurrency,” they said. “We get a lot more attention.”

Mark Zuckerberg has been very busy this week. AT Facebook post seriesthe Meta boss announced a number of new policies that have implications for his company’s version of the metaverse: making subscriptions from other services “compatible” with Facebook, introducing NFTs to Facebook, and separate announcement transformation of the Facebook Pay service into Meta Pay, “a digital wallet for the metaverse”.

Many of the company’s recent developments date back to high-profile blunders from its past, from a digital wallet to the company’s ill-fated career. experiment with cryptocurrency; his endless fiddling with various VR headsets is an attempt to fix his old mobile fiasco.

Meta did sweeping gestures to a collaborative, collaborative approach to building the metaverse, but its size gives it tremendous power to make its own rules, no matter what regulators (or other companies, for that matter) may want. While events such as this week’s creation Metaverse Standards Forum indicate this direction of cooperation, the rapid activity of the company makes it clear who is behind the wheel.

Google employee fired after claiming his AI was ‘intelligent’ inspired new round public hand-wringing, with the most serious AI researchers dismissing his claim.

In his thoughtful and accessible book Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy, published earlier this year, Australian philosopher David J. Chalmers raises precisely this question in a chapter titled “Do Simulated Lives Matter?” Chalmers begins by quoting the 2021 film “free guy“Where the AI ​​Sims in the simulation go on strike asking, ‘Is it morally acceptable to ‘play God’ by creating virtual worlds containing conscious Sims? What moral obligations do we have towards Sims in these worlds?”

Without retelling Chalmers’ entire argument, he ends up expanding Immanuel Kant’s argument. The principle of humanity simulated creatures, writing that “we should never treat Sims merely as a means to an end, but as an end in themselves.” Food for thought if your brain is drifting in a sadistic direction during spend time playing The Sims.

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