HRBDT News Circular – 7 December 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  24 November – 7 December 2020.


The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in povertyMIT Technology Review


Artificial Intelligence

Deep Minds protein-folding AI has solved a 50 year old grand challenge of biologyMIT Technology Review

How AI is helping rural African farmersBBC news

Companies are now writing reports tailored for AI readers –  and it should worry usGuardian

Police drones are starting to think for themselvesNew York Times


Covid 19

Tech Tent: Who wants a digital vaccine passport?BBC news

New smartphone tool to track  side effects of the coronavirus vaccine may be vulnerable to manipulationWashington Post


Digital Divide

Think local about the digital divideNew York Times



‘Virtual patient’ helps train medics remotely during pandemicBBC news


Mis and Disinformation

Europe to put forward rules for political ad transparency and beef up its disinformation code next yearTechCrunch

Facebook steps up campaign to ban false information about coronavirus vaccinesWashington Post


Natural Language Processing

We read the paper that forced Timnet Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says.MIT Technology Review


Workplace Surveillance

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillanceGuardian

All the ways Microsoft Teams tracks you and how to stop itWired



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