HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Katerina Hadjimatheou

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 3 – 7 December 2018.

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

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression in Decline Amid Media Attacks, Report Warns – Sky News

No, Facebook’s Updated Sex Policy Doesn’t Prohibit Discussing Your Sexual Orientation – The Verge

Governance of AI & Big Data

Some Artificial Intelligence Should be Regulated, Research Group Says – Fortune

Canada and France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI’s Dangers – MIT Tech Review

Institute of Big Data Governance Established in Hong Kong – Computer World Hong Kong

Until Regulations Catch Up, AI-oriented Companies Must Establish Their Own Ethical Frameworks – MIT Sloan Management Review


Google’s DeepMind predicts 3D Shapes of Proteins:  AI Program’s Understanding of Proteins Could Usher In New Era of Medical Progress – The Guardian

A.I. Will Equalize Health Care in China, NovaVision CEO Says – CNBC

Amazon’s New Machine Learning Tool to Decode Unstructured Medical Data – Digital Health


The Privacy Risks of Compiling Mobility Data: Merging Different Types of Location- Stamped Data Can Make it Easier to Discern Users’ Identities, Even When the Data is Anonymized – MIT News

In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls: What Happens Next? – EFF

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s – New York Times


Sacramento County Ends ‘mind-boggling’ Automated License Plate Reader Program Tracking Welfare Recipients – The Sacramento Bee

Wanted: The ‘Perfect Babysitter.’  Must Pass AI Scan For Respect and Attitude – Washington Post

Facial recognition 20 times more accurate with advances in convolutional neural networks, NIST finds – Biometric Update

Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Waning Against Facial Scanning With A ‘Dangerous History – The Intercept

Tech Giants

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI’s ‘Race to the Bottom – Wired

Social Media Scraping App Predictim Banned by Facebook and Twitter – Naked Security

Facebook Accused of Striking ‘Secret Deals Over User Data – BBC News

How Instagram Hides Behind Facebook – and Rakes in Billions – The Guardian

Facebook Could Threaten Democracy, Says Former GCHQ Boss – BBC News


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

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