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What the AI Community Can Learn From Sneezing Ferrets and a Mutant Virus Debate

Lessons on publication norms for the AI community from biosecurity

1. Third-party institutions can lead to more well-considered publication outcomes

2. Absent other action, such entities might only be created in response to crises

3. The powers of third-party entities are structurally limited due to the international nature of science and the autonomy of researchers

4. Researchers must take on some responsibility for carefully thinking through their publication decisions



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