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In this week’s edition: a deep look at how AI companies view training data, the most banned books of 2023, and more.

How Tech Giants Cut Corners to Harvest Data for AI
The New York Times
The Times details how OpenAI and Meta blatantly ignored policies, rules, and copyright laws in their efforts to train generative AI systems.

Here Are the Most Targeted Books of 2023
The New York Times
On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual report showing last year’s most challenged books.

Making Memory Under Capitalism
Electric Lit
An interview with author Lisa Ko on her new novel, which explores “what it means to find purpose” in a commodified world.

Real People, Real Pain: On the Ethics of Telling True Stories of Trauma
Literary Hub
Philip Eil on his navigation of publishing a book connected to non-fictional tragedy.