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Keeping Your Privacy Enhancing Technology (PET) Promises

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A look into multi-party computation and oblivious proxies The landscape of digital privacy is constantly evolving as companies and researchers implement new methods to enhance user privacy. For...
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Tick, Tick, Tick. Office of Technology’s Summit on AI

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The launch of OT coincided with another type of technology’s rapid growth: Artificial Intelligence. And, on January 25th, OT will hold the FTC Tech Summit on AI to lead discussions among individuals...
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Interoperability, Privacy, & Security

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In the face of concerns about anticompetitive conduct, companies may claim privacy and security reasons as justifications for refusing to have their products and services interoperate with other...
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Cloud Computing RFI: What we heard and learned

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Cloud computing has emerged and grown significantly over the recent decades – from its infancy in 2004, to a $576 billion industry in 2023. [1] FTC’s Office of Technology, Bureau of Competition, and...
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Preventing the Harms of AI-enabled Voice Cloning

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Today, the FTC is announcing the Voice Cloning Challenge to address the present and emerging harms of artificial intelligence- or “AI”-enabled voice cloning technologies. Speech synthesis has been...
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Consumers Are Voicing Concerns About AI

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Over the last several years, artificial intelligence (AI)—a term which can refer to a broad variety of technologies, as a previous FTC blog notes—has attracted an enormous amount of market and media...
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Generative AI Raises Competition Concerns

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Generative AI has the potential to rapidly transform the way we live, work, and interact. Within just a few months, generative AI chatbots and applications have launched and scaled across industries...
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Ethics FAQs for FTC technologists

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The Federal Trade Commission is aggressively hiring Technologists to help drive the agency’s work, ensure a vibrant technology marketplace, conduct investigations, and hold companies and people who...