DAG Monaco: AI to be top DOJ enforcement priority

Lisa Monaco

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek stiffer penalties in cases where the threat of misconduct was greater because of misuse of artificial intelligence (AI), according to the agency’s No. 2 official.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco addressed the technology in remarks delivered at Oxford in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. She said AI will become a top focus area for the agency’s Disruptive Technology Strike Force, which includes representatives of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security and works to enforce export control laws.

“[W]e need to zero in on AI to make sure it’s not used to threaten U.S. national security,” she said. “So, going forward, that strike force will place AI at the very top of its enforcement priority list. After all, AI is the ultimate disruptive technology.”

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