Illinois moves to outlaw AI-generated child porn

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul (KwameRaoul.com)

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is introducing legislation that will broaden the state’s child pornography laws to include videos and images created by artificial intelligence (AI).

“Now more than ever, we must address the challenges of AI-generated images and videos in child pornography,” Raoul said Tuesday during a hearing in Springfield. “We must hold predators accountable so survivors can receive justice to support their healing.”

Emerging technology allows people to use images of real children to create computer-generated videos and photos. In those cases, the real children experience “reputational, emotional, and privacy injuries,” Raoul’s office said in a statement Tuesday evening.

“Even when the technology does not use images of real children, the resulting child pornography nonetheless perpetuates abusive and predatory behavior,” the statement continued.

The technology necessary to create AI images and videos is widely available for little or no cost, officials said during the hearing. Users can easily edit and create everyday imagery using the software, but it is also susceptible to abuse.

“Disgustingly, this technology is being used to create explicit images depicting children,” Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz (17th), sponsor of the bill, said. She called the proposal “a vital piece of legislation that will help bring our existing sex offender laws up to speed with this rapidly evolving technology.”

The law passed out of the House’s Judiciary-Criminal Committee unanimously on Tuesday. The law now moves to the full House for consideration.

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