LLLotW 2023.26

OpenAI quietly shuts down its detection tool that never worked

OpenAI admitted from the beginning that its “AI Classifier” didn't really work, with more false-positives than true positives in many situations. That didn't stop many people in higher education clamoring to believe that they could detect student use of ChatGPT, because ...they really wanted to be able to do that.

Now it appears they have quietly removed it from public view as if it never existed. How responsible.

Standards Australia releases incredibly limited free access to Australian Standards

In what feels like a fairly transparent attempt to head off any moves to force them to just provide free and open access to the Standards that govern the lives and work of millions of people, Standards Australia recently launched a pilot to provide access to a limited number of standards (how they decide which ones is opaque), in an incredibly limited way.

Users must register and then can view up to three Standards, one single time per Standard, for personal, non-profit use. This is obviously useless for almost every possible use case, but might be enough to keep law reform away for a few more years.

Secondary publishing rights can improve public access to academic research

A piece in The Conversation from two Canadian Scholarly Services librarians about a push from CFLA for Canada to amend their Copyright Act to enable (and enforce) academics to deposit open access copies of research publications in institutional repositories regardless of any contracts signed with scholarly data mining companies (sorry, I mean “Academic Publishers”). This is an interesting idea and has also received some air time in Australia for similar reasons.

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