HRBDT News Circular – 21 August 2020

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project has prepared an overview of  Human Rights, Tech and AI related news stories. This summary contains news articles from 8 – 21 August 2020.

Facial Recognition

South Wales police lose landmark facial recognition case – The Guardian

There is a crisis of face recognition and policing in the US  – MIT Technology Review

Macy’s hit with privacy lawsuit over alleged use of controversial facial recognition software – Chicago Tribune

ICE just signed a contract with facial recognition company Clearview AI – The Verge

Algorithmic Accountability

A-levels: How controversial algorithm behind moderation row works – Sky News

It’s not just A-levels – algorithms have a nightmarish new power over our lives – The Guardian

Law Enforcement and Predictive Policing

Police Are Monitoring Black Lives Matter Protests With Ring Doorbell Data and Drones

– News Week

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use – Wired

Dis/Misinformation and Hate Speech

Facebook algorithm ‘contributed to fake coronavirus and health news being viewed 3.8bn times’ – The Independent

Facebook and Instagram ban antisemitic conspiracy theories and blackface – The Guardian

Reddit Says It Has Removed 7,000 ‘Hateful’ Subreddits Since Changing Hate Speech Policy In June– Forbes


Test and Trace: NHS app for England to be launched three months later than planned – The Independent

Assistive Technology and Robot Companions

Lockdown loneliness has ‘made humans more open to buying a social robot’ that simulates friendship –Evening Standard

Intel developing wheelchair-mounted robotic arm to help patients with spinal injuries – The Independent

Google can now read grocery labels for the blind – BBC News


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