HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Ayman Alhelbawy

Each week the Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from 26 January – 2 February 2018.

You can follow the HRBDT Project on twitter: @hrbdtNews.

Artificial Intelligence

AI in the Court:  When Algorithms Rule on Jail TimeThe Washington Post

Can Big Data Predict Which Bills Will Pass Congress – The Washington Post


How an ex-YouTube Insider Investigated its Secret Algorithm – The Guardian

Can Facebook Win its Battle Against Election Interference in 2018 – The Guardian


How Your Social Media Betrays Your Mood – BBC News

Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America.  In China, Tech Giants Already Have – The New York Times

Turn off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook – The New York Times

Privacy, Data Protection and Security

US Soldiers are Revealing Sensitive and Dangerous Information by Jogging – The Washington Post

Protecting Refugee Data – Raddington Report

Privacy and Security Will be the Big Tech Stories of 2018 – The Irish Times

Tech Giants Brace for Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules – The New York Times


If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know (And Amazon Has a Patent for It). – The New York Times

UK Court Finds Government’s Surveillance Powers Unlawful – The Intercept

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.



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