Using Artificial Intelligence in National Security

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A conversation with Dr Marion Oswald, Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria University and RUSI Associate Fellow, on the opportunities and ethical challenges of using artificial intelligence in national security.

Artificial intelligence (AI) methods can rapidly derive insights from large, disparate datasets and identify connections that would otherwise go unnoticed by human operators. However, in the context of national security and the powers given to intelligence and law enforcement agencies, the use of AI has given rise to additional privacy and human rights considerations which need to be assessed within existing legal and regulatory frameworks.

Dr Oswald will reflect on how AI offers numerous opportunities for the national security community to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing processes. The need to ensure that the privacy and human rights implications of national security-related uses of AI are reviewed on a regular basis will also be discussed.

Dr Marion Oswald is Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria University and a part-time Senior Research Associate with the Safe and Ethical AI programme at the Alan Turing Institute. She is a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee and serves on the independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

The webinar will be moderated by Ardi Janjeva, Research Fellow in Organised Crime and Policing, RUSI.

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