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 17-21 December 2018.
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FTC Hearings Exploring Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics Focus on Notions of Fairness, Transparency and Ethical Uses – Privacy and Security Law Blog
The Most Extraordinary Lesson of Two New Reports on Russian Disinformation: What They Reveal About White House Paralysis – Just Security
We tried teaching an AI to write Christmas movie plots. Hilarity ensued. Eventually. – MIT Tech Review
Babylon Health hits back at claims its AI isn’t up to the job – The Inquirer
Pharmacy chain leaks personal details of 24,000 workers – BBC News
Tech giants focus AI on healthcare as India joins the bandwagon – Economic Times
Vanuatu uses drones to deliver vaccines to remote island – BBC News
Facial recognition cameras scanning unwitting tourists and Christmas shoppers in London’s West End – The Independent
How council uses spies to watch benefit cheats and rogue traders in one London borough – My London News
Police trawls of rape victims’ private data to be investigated – The Guardian
China’s tech giants want to go global. Just one thing might stand in their way’ – MIT Tech Review
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Withheld Russia Data, Reports Say – New York Times
Facebook users cannot avoid location-based ads, investigation finds – The Guardian
Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us – The Guardian
Staff at Amazon’s Swansea warehouse ‘treated like robots – BBC News
The 2018 Good Tech Awards – New York Times
This Year’s Must-Read Privacy Papers: Recipients of Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award – Future of Privacy Forum
US charges ‘China government hackers – BBC News
And finally some seasonal reading suggestions (thanks Charlie) The best books of 2018 in tech, science, business and ideas – Wired
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.