Communications Daily: Senate Committees Take Lead After Schumer Wraps up AI Forums 

January 23, 2024

It’s unclear how much value senators gained from attending Schumer’s AI forums, said Electronic Privacy Information Center Senior Counsel Ben Winters, who is scheduled to speak Thursday at the FTC’s virtual summit on AI. Some senators might have gained insight from the wide variety of speakers, said Winters. The problem with the forums is that Schumer set the legislative agenda, so when he said the upper chamber wasn’t ready to move a bill, nothing happened, said Winters: “It was a really important and frustrating move by Schumer to sort of stake out this whole year-plus where nothing really can happen.” Regardless, Winters said, he’s optimistic about the chances for legislation in 2024. Congress should focus on election disinformation and generative AI’s role in explicit content and deep fakes, he said. 

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