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Dec 21 -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking information to assist in carrying out several of its responsibilities under the Executive order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence issued on October 30, 2023. Among other things, the E.O. directs NIST to undertake an initiative for evaluating and auditing capabilities relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and to develop a variety of guidelines, including for conducting AI red-teaming tests to enable deployment of safe, secure, and trustworthy systems. Comments containing information in response to this notice must be received on or before February 2, 2024.

NIST is responsible for contributing to several deliverables assigned to the Secretary of Commerce. Among those is a report identifying existing standards, tools, methods, and practices, as well as the potential development of further science-backed and non-proprietary standards and techniques, related to synthetic content, including potentially harmful content, such as child sexual abuse material and non-consensual intimate imagery of actual adults. NIST will also assist the Secretary of Commerce to establish a plan for global engagement to promote and develop AI standards.

NIST is seeking information to assist in carrying out several of its responsibilities under Sections 4.1, 4.5, and 11 of E.O. 14110. This RFI addresses the specific assignments cited below. Other assignments to NIST in E.O. 14110 related to cybersecurity and privacy, synthetic nucleic acid sequencing, and supporting agencies' implementation of minimum risk-management practices are being addressed separately.

NIST is interested in receiving information pertinent to any or all of the assignments described below.

1. Developing Guidelines, Standards, and Best Practices for AI Safety and Security -- NIST is seeking information regarding topics related to generative AI risk management, AI evaluation, and red-teaming. . . .

2. Reducing the Risk of Synthetic Content -- NIST is seeking information regarding topics related to synthetic content creation, detection, labeling, and auditing. . . .

3. Advance Responsible Global Technical Standards for AI Development -- NIST is seeking information regarding topics related to the development and implementation of AI-related consensus standards, cooperation and coordination, and information sharing that should be considered in the design of standards. . . .

Across all these topics, NIST is seeking information about costs and ease of implementation for tools, systems, practices, and the extent to which they will benefit the public if they can be efficiently adopted and utilized.

AI E.O.: https://www.federalregister.gov/executive-order/14110
Information about NIST's assignments and plans under E.O. 14110, along with further opportunities for public input: https://www.nist.gov/​artificial-intelligence/​executive-order-safe-secure-and-trustworthy-artificial-intelligence.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-28232

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