HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Amy Dickens

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 2 – 9 November 2018.

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


I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here’s what I found– Privacy International

Civil rights group says Oracles, Tapads and Experians get let off for wanton info-sucking– The Register

Ethics and Consumer Action will Transform Privacy– Forbes

Microsoft Office collects email data in breach of GDPR, regulator rules– The Telegraph


Google ‘betrays patient trust’ with DeepMind Health move– The Guardian

Why Google consuming DeepMind Health is scaring privacy experts– Wired

AI and the NHS: How artificial intelligence will change everything for patients and doctors– ZDNet

Freedom of Expression

Facebook and the Age of Manipulation– The New Yorker

Facebook removed 1.5 billion fake accounts between April and September– The Next Web

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics– BBC News

Tech Giants

Prince William launches unprecedented attack on tech giants: ’They seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the social problems they are creating’– Business Insider

It’s time to start regulating Facebook– The Washington Post


What constant surveillance does to your brain– Motherboard

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated– The Spectator

Technology improving human rights

Drones, data and digital tools lauded as new ways to fight human rights abuses– Reuters

Is blockchain the future of solving human rights issues?– Legal Cheek

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

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