In the hands of bad actors—whether public or private—generative AI tools can supercharge existing threats to free expression. PEN America’s comprehensive report makes some chilling forecasts.
Writer and former president of PEN Myanmar died on 21 June 2023. Since the coup he has been living in hiding. He was unyielding in his opposition to military dictatorship, serving 10 years in prison in the 1990s.
The film explores the the day-to-day lives of three women in the weeks following the takeover. The producer is the Oscar-winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence. “This documentary was born out of emotion and necessity,” says Lawrence, who describes feeling helpless and frustrated about what she was seeing on the news.
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