HRBDT News Circular – 23 November 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  10- 23 November 2020.


Artificial Intelligence

Can an Algorithm  prevent suicide?New York Times

How AI is helping lung cancer patients in Covid 19 eraBBC news


Covid 19

How China crushed the CoronavirusBBC news

China pushes for QR code based global travel systemBBC News

The hot new Covid tech is wearable and constantly tracks youNew York Times

Why people don’t trust contact tracing apps and what to do about itMIT Technology Review



These algorithms could bring an end to the world’s deadliest killerNew York Times

Mobile robo-surgeons could widen access to key hole surgeryBBC news


Social media

Tech giants join with governments to fight Covid misinformationGuardian

Nobody can block it: how the Telegram app fuels global protestGuardian

How big tech got bigger: Facebook, QAnon and the world’s slackening grip on reality.Guardian



UN warns of impact of smart borders on refugees – “Data collection isn’t apolitical”  – Guardian

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance techMIT Technology Review


US Election

The election was a chance for Facebook and Twitter to show they could control misinformation. Now lawmakers are grilling them on it.  – Washington Post

Twitter says it labelled 02.% of all election-related tweets as disputedNew York Times

Stop the steal supporters, restrained by Facebook, turn to Parler to peddle false election claimsWashington Post


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