AI Policy
AI Policy

Learn how Data Center Knowledge is committed to maintaining editorial integrity amid the rise of generative AI.

As publications that cover technology, we examine both the opportunities that new technology offers and the risks that it presents. Sometimes we come across technology that pose unique challenges to publishers like ours: technologies that challenge journalistic norms, shift media business models, or augment newsroom operations, for example. Within the closed doors of our newsrooms we discuss these developments regularly, thoughtfully, and passionately; but rarely do we feel compelled to issue public statements. In the case of generative AI, we do:

We will not publish content that is primarily authored, edited, or otherwise created by generative AI (ChatGPT, GPT-4, etc.). Further, we will approach any secondary or supplementary use of the technology in our newsroom with extreme caution, because:

  • We cannot trust the accuracy of the tools’ statements / results, because we can’t rely on the accuracy of the information the tools were trained upon.

  • We cannot verify or fact-check the accuracy of the tools’ statements / results, because we cannot consult the original source of the information the tools were trained upon.

  • We cannot provide appropriate context around the tools’ information, because we don’t know how the tools prioritize or analyze the information they are trained upon. We don’t know if the information is out of date, is disputed, is provided by a knowledgeable source (or just the most famous one), etc.

  • We cannot cite the original source of information or data. Therefore, we cannot properly credit the original source and ensure our compliance with international intellectual property laws, nor give the reader the opportunity to consult it for themselves.

  • Use of the tools puts us at a high risk of using plagiarized material, directly or indirectly.  

  • We respect digital rights licenses, copyrights, and other rights of photographers, artists, writers, musicians and other creatives to receive appropriate credit and compensation for their work. Some AI tools are trained upon work created by others, without those creators’ permission. Use of those tools, would thus, violate our policies, principles and applicable laws.  

  • We are devoted to our sustainability principles and are always looking to make editorial operations greener. AI demands tremendous amounts of energy and has an astonishing carbon footprint. Gratuitous or frivolous use of the technology would therefore violate our policies and principles.

Today we are not using generative AI at all and are actively avoiding it. However, we are a technology publication that covers business use of AI. As these tools mature and we investigate them as more thoroughly, we may find trustworthy uses for them in our newsroom – if so, we will use these tools to support, but not replace, our work.

In that case, our commitments to our readers are:

  • We will disclose any and all use of generative AI in published content to our readers. Therefore:

  • On-assignment reporters and columnists must receive approval from an editor before using generative AI in any way, shape, or form, even in content that is on the topic of generative AI. Contact the assigning editor with questions.

  • Contributors are prohibited from using generative AI in their commentary pieces. We want to hear commentary from contributors’ personal insights and experiences. If you think you have a reason for an exception, contact us at [email protected] or [email protected].

  • We ask that all press/media relations representatives disclose any and all use of generative AI in their releases, statements, press kits, and other contributions. As we would expect your professional ethics to prohibit you from attributing one person’s words to another, you must not attribute AI-generated words to a human being. Our reporters will continue to push for direct conversations with sources -- not emailed statements – to further avoid this.

  • Sponsors must not use generative AI as a primary author in any of their submissions to us and must disclose any and all use of generative AI in their submissions to us, even if those are custom products, including sponsored articles, whitepapers, custom research, webinar presentations, etc. We reserve the right to fact-check, edit, or omit machine-generated copy if it is found to be factually incorrect or otherwise violates our editorial policies and principles.