New Interpol President, Artificial Intelligence Regulations, E. Coli Outbreak, Half Century DNA

New Interpol President, Artificial Intelligence Regulations, E. Coli Outbreak, More
  • Interpol elected a South Korean as the organization's president on Wednesday, edging out a veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the United States, Britain and other European nations. Kim Jong Yang's surprise election was seen as a victory for the United States and its European partners, who had lobbied up until the final hours before the vote against Alexander Prokopchuk's bid to be named the policing organization's next president, according to ABC News. The U.S. and others expressed concern that if Russia's candidate had been elected, that would have led to further Kremlin abuses of Interpol's red notice system to go after political opponents and fugitive dissidents.

  • A new proposal published this week by the U.S. Commerce Department lists wide categories of artificial intelligence (AI) software that could potentially require a license to sell to certain countries for national security reasons. These categories are as broad as "computer vision" and "natural language processing." It also lists military-specific products like adaptive camouflage and surveillance technology, Quartz reports. The small number of countries these regulations would target includes China, a big name in AI. "This is intended to be a shot across the bow, directed specifically at Beijing, in an attempt to flex their muscles on just how broad these restrictions could be," says R. David Edelman, a former adviser to president Barack Obama who leads research on technology and public policy issues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • U.S. health officials on Tuesday warned about a fresh outbreak of E.coli linked to romaine lettuce. At least 32 people are sick and 13 hospitalized in the outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. No one has died, NBC News reports. "Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick," the CDC said in a notice.

  • A serial rapist who later died of cancer has been identified as the killer of a 23-year-old Harvard graduate student in 1969, ending a nearly 50-year-old mystery, authorities announced Tuesday. Advances in DNA technology and testing led authorities in Massachusetts to identify Michael Sumpter as the man who raped and killed anthropology student Jane Sanders Britton on Jan. 7, 1969, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told reporters during a news conference, the New York Post reported. "For the past 50 years, the murder of Jane Britton has intrigued members of the public and posed a number of investigatory challenges for law enforcement," Ryan said. "I am today confident that the mystery of who killed Jane Britton has finally been solved."

  • Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of Security Management