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AI journalism and Professional Code of Ethics

Dr Mohamed Abdulzaher


Academic and Artificial Intelligence Journalism pioneer

AI Journalism

The increasing use of AI and autonomous systems will have revolutionary effects on human society.

Two years ago, I have started talking about Artificial Intelligence journalism, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and why we need code of ethics for AI journalism, and standards of professional conduct and policies to control all of these technologies.

Today, the world is talking strongly about the importance of code of ethics for Artificial Intelligence in general.

The increasing use of AI and autonomous systems will have revolutionary effects on human society. Despite many benefits, AI and autonomous systems involve considerable risks that must be managed well to take advantage of their benefits while protecting ethical values as defined in fundamental rights and basic constitutional principles, thereby preserve a human -centric society. (World Economic Forum).

The world desperately needs Artificial Intelligence Journalism Professional Code of Ethics, after many media outlets and content platforms have started using many of the AI journalism tools. The BBC, Facebook, Twitter, Bloomberg, Washington Post CNN, and many others are using artificial intelligence techniques to produce specialized and fast-moving media content, which will drive the world to create and develop projects that comply with fundamental ethical principles and values in AI Journalism.

Likewise, the Artificial Intelligence Journalism for Research and Forecasting (AIJRF), as the leading UAE-based institution is providing solutions, information and knowledge for artificial intelligence journalism, taking advantage of the great progress achieved by the UAE in this field, as the UAE has become a global laboratory for all future technologies in cooperation with the World Economic Forum.

The Artificial Intelligence Journalism Professional Code of Ethics means regulations and policies which are managing the professional practices of AI technologies in media, communicators, the public itself, and how these technologies can be used in accordance with human ethics, in line with human values.

For instance, how we can use the 3D printing in media, without compromising individual and personal privacy, without photographing or embodying events, news, or content harmful to the public.

How to rely on Robotization of Marketing without publishing private information about the target audience, or analyzing its data in a way that may cause harm to the community, or cause psychological damage to people and society. The Artificial Intelligence Journalism for Research and Forecasting (AIJRF), has already begun drafting Artificial Intelligence Journalism Professional Code of Ethics regarding how to integrate the technologies of the Fourth or Fifth Industrial Revolutions into the new media revolution, whether AI journalism or 7G journalism.

The development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can bring about many benefits – from transforming businesses and improving labour productivity to enhancing quality of life. However, there is an increasing concern regarding the risk of harm associated with the use of AI technologies if they are not deployed in a responsible manner, and the data within these models is not managed properly.

Many governments and international organisations have worked to outline ethical principles to govern the development and use of new technologies, with the aim to mitigate the risk of harm that these technologies might bring. Singapore issued the first edition of its Model AI Governance Framework (“Model Framework”), a sector-, technology- and algorithm-agnostic framework, which converts relevant ethical principles to implementable practices in an AI deployment process so that organizations can operationalize these principles. (World Economic Forum).

Artificial Intelligence Journalism era, 7G Journalism and all media entities should conduct in depth risk–benefit assessments on the use of Artificial Intelligence technologies and autonomous systems and points out major concerns related to the world, such as possible job losses, potential damages they might cause, a lack of transparency, the increasing loss of humanity in social relationships, the loss of privacy and personal autonomy, information biases, as well as error proneness and susceptibility to the manipulation of AI and autonomous systems.

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