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Are states using unethical AI software?

On this week’s Priorities podcast, an author of a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about automated public-benefit fraud detection software explains the filing. Grant Fergusson, a fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, explains the “concerning things” the group found and why it’s asking for more responsible use of artificial intelligence by governments and their vendors. “The information we found suggested that [the tools] were using data and analytics that didn’t make sense for fraud detection — things like social media profiles, how far you were traveling for groceries — all kinds of random assortments and information,” Fergusson says. “Also concerning because there was information that we weren’t receiving from the government.”

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Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.