Cyber crime is inevitable – as is using AI to defeat it. Photo: Shutterstock
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It makes sense to use AI to fight crime

  • As long as there are sufficient safeguards to strike a balance between effective law enforcement and the protection of individual rights, artificial intelligence in criminal detection is an inevitable trend

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Cyber crime is inevitable – as is using AI to defeat it. Photo: Shutterstock
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Ida Ng Kit-ching, an assistant commissioner at customs, believes AI can be developed to catch more criminals. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Customs looks to AI to combat more cases of smuggling of drugs and cigarettes in Hong Kong, using it to sift through thousands of online posts

  • Department has used supercomputer since 2017 to scour social media and other websites, with one-third of counterfeit cases so far this year detected by it
  • It is part of a ‘smart customs’ initiative, referred to by city leader in her policy address last October
Topic |   Crime in Hong Kong

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Ida Ng Kit-ching, an assistant commissioner at customs, believes AI can be developed to catch more criminals. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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