HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Krzysztof Garstka

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 31 March – 6 April 2018.

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


AI ‘Poses Less Risk to Jobs Than Feared’ says OECD – BBC


Facebook Hits the Brakes on Creepy Project to Access Your Patient Data from Hospitals – The Next Web

Privacy, Data Protection and Security

Facebook Suspends Canadian Firm AggregateIQ over Data Scandal – Reuters

Facebook Apologises for Storing Draft Videos Users Thought They Had Deleted – The Guardian

Facebook Confirms it Spies on Your Messenger Conversations – The Next Web

Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data – NY Times

Card Data Stolen From 5 Million Saks and Lord & Taylor Customers – NY Times


Now China Wants to Clean Up its Social Media, Too – MIT Technology Review

Russia Asks Facebook to Explain Curbs on Some Media Accounts: RIA – Reuters

Russia Files Lawsuit to Block Telegram Messaging App – Reuters

Twitter Bans 270,000 Accounts for ‘Promoting Terrorism’ – The Guardian

Facebook Among 30 Organisations in UK Political Data Inquiry – The Guardian


Mystery Stingray Devices Discovered in Washington – BBC

‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances – NY Times


This Company Can Encode Your Favorite Song in DNA—for $100,000 – MIT Technology Review

Facebook’s Disappearing Message Saga is the Act of a Company in Turmoil – MIT Technology Review


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



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