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University of California plans public AI database

The University of California announced plans this week to launch a public database and assess how the system is using artificial-intelligence based technologies. Administrators said they’ll follow four recommendations from a new “Responsible Artificial Intelligence” report on risks and opportunities in academics, health, human resources and policing. The report sheds light on how the 10-campus, 250,000 student system currently uses AI and includes recommendations on incorporating eight guiding ethical principles for UC’s use of AI in its services, such as procurement, and monitoring the impact of automated decision-making, facial recognition and chatbots. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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WGU, National Governors Association partner on workforce initiatives

The National Governors Association on Thursday announced it’s formed a partnership with Western Governors University to develop best practices in state policy that can improve access to higher education.The partnership will consist of four initiatives that meet at the intersection of state governments’ desire to fill skills gaps in the workforce and the university’s interest in training people for those jobs. Emily has it.

A special report on cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has changed after nearly two years in a pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19, government tech leaders have constantly had to refine their policies as digital services and remote work exploded, and continue to remain overwhelmingly popular. Universities face similar issues, as research projects — many of them funded with federal dollars — face new data-security hurdles amid an onslaught of ransomware attacks against the education sector. In a series of articles, interviews and commentaries, StateScoop and EdScoop reporters and contributors offer a few things to be aware of. Check out the full special report.


Building the infrastructure needed to secure research mega-grants with AI tools

Research mega-grants promise new revenue streams for higher-ed institutions. However, they come with strong expectations for high compute and performance requirements. According to a recent white paper, IT leaders should turn to solutions that help them bring together their siloed infrastructure and expand their ability to ingest and analyze data with modern AI tools. Read more in the white paper.

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