White House AI Executive Order Takes On Complexity of Content Integrity Issues

Renée DiResta is the technical research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory. Dave Willner is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Program on Governance of Emerging Technologies at Stanford Cyber Policy Center. 

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the signing of an executive order on artificial intelligence, October 30, 2023. Source

On the morning of October 30th, the Biden White House released its long-awaited Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. There are many promising aspects of the document, and the initiatives it outlines. But on the subject of content integrity – including issues related to provenance, authenticity, synthetic media detection and labeling – the order overemphasizes technical solutions.