LA school district investigating possible AI images at Fairfax High

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A district statement said Los Angeles school officials are investigating allegations that “inappropriate images were created and disseminated within the Fairfax High School community,” the latest alleged misuse of technology by students. Usage is known.

Last week, administrators at Laguna Beach High School announced they had launched an investigation after a student used artificial intelligence to create and disseminate “inappropriate images” of his classmates.

In January, five Beverly Hills eighth-graders were expelled for allegedly creating and sharing fake nude photos of classmates. Students superimposed photos of their classmates’ faces onto AI-generated nude bodies. In all, 16 eighth-graders were targeted by the photos, which were shared through messaging apps, according to the district.

It was not immediately clear if AI was used in the incident at Fairfax High. The LA Unified School District did not provide that information in its statement.

“These allegations are taken seriously, do not reflect the values โ€‹โ€‹of the Los Angeles Unified community and, if substantiated, will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action,” the district said in the statement, which was released to parents Tuesday afternoon. came.

Based on a preliminary investigation, “the images were allegedly created and shared on a third-party messaging app unaffiliated with Los Angeles Unified,” the district said.

District officials focused on their efforts to provide “digital citizenship” lessons to students from primary to high school. In the statement, officials said the nation’s second-largest school system “is committed to providing training on the ethical use of technology โ€” including AI โ€” and digital citizenship, privacy and safety for all in our school communities.” is committed to increasing education about

A similar investigation involves the local police department. LA Unified has not disclosed whether Los Angeles police or school police are involved in its investigation or whether disciplinary actions have been taken.

Deepfake technology can be used to combine images of real people with computer-generated nude bodies. Such fake photos can be created using cell phones.

A 16-year-old high school student in Calabasas said a former friend used AI to create pornographic images of her and circulate them, KABC-TV reported last month. In January, AI-generated sexually explicit images of Taylor Swift were shared on social media.

Experts say that if a California student shares a nude photo of a classmate without consent, that student could be prosecuted under the state’s child pornography and indecent conduct laws. But these rules won’t necessarily apply to AI-generated deepfakes.

A number of federal bills have been proposed, including one that would make it illegal to create and share AI-generated sexually explicit material without the consent of the people presenting it. Another bill would allow victims to sue.

In California, lawmakers have proposed extending the ban on revenge porn and child porn to include computer-generated images.

School districts are trying to get a handle on technology. This year, the Orange County Department of Education began leading monthly meetings with districts to discuss AI and how to integrate it into the education system.

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