US justice department names first AI officer as new technology challenges law enforcement

The justice department has already used AI to trace the source of opioids and other illegal drugs, analyse tips submitted to the FBI, and organise evidence collected in its probe of the January 6 2021 attack on the US Capitol, deputy attorney-general Lisa Monaco said in a speech in Britain last week.

Monaco said the technology could help the US detect and disrupt terror plots and hostile actions from adversaries. But she said the department is also concerned about its potential to amplify existing biases, tamper with elections and create new opportunities for cyber criminals.

“Every new technology is a double-edged sword, but AI may be the sharpest blade yet,” Monaco said in the speech at Oxford University.

Mayer is set to lead a newly formed board of law enforcement and civil rights officials that will advise Garland and others at the justice department on the ethics and efficacy of AI systems. He will also seek to recruit more technological experts to the department.

Mayer served as the technology adviser to now-Vice President Kamala Harris when she was a US senator and also worked for the Federal Communications Commission.

Reuters

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