March 1, 2024

CBC Unveils AI Policy Series Steering Future Of Tech Towards Inclusivity And Equity

CBC AI policy

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is leading a significant initiative to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) remain central as AI technology evolves.

CBC Chairman Steven Horsford, D-Nev., and Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., announced the launch of an artificial intelligence policy series in a recent virtual press conference. 

The AI Policy Series

The series aims to shield Black Americans from potential injustices arising from AI systems.

Recognizing the influence of AI technologies, Horsford emphasized Congress’ responsibility to lead the way in understanding and shaping trends that profoundly affect their constituents’ lives and livelihoods. 

Clarke told reporters, “True innovation cannot exist if it excludes already marginalized communities.”

“We want to use this moment to disrupt any notion that the Black community should accept an imperfect, biased, and discriminatory platform that is governing our lives,” she added.

Concerns Around General Elections

The CBC’s approach is two-fold: addressing bias in AI systems and educating the public on discerning deceptive information, especially during elections. 

A pivotal focus of this initiative is safeguarding Black voters from AI-driven misinformation, particularly with the 2024 general elections looming. 

Horsford, referencing expert findings, expressed concern over the substantial proportion of AI-generated ads targeting Black voters during the last election cycle.

He told theGrio that more than 40% of AI ads were aimed at Black voters during the last election.

“That alone should warrant more rigorous accountability by these platforms and action here in Congress,” he said.

“It goes to the cornerstone of our democracy and protecting every person in our electorate, having access to true and accurate information.”

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.