HRBDT News Circular – 9 September 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  1 – 9 September 2020.


Algorithmic Accountability

From viral conspiracies to exam fiascos algorithms come with serious side effects Guardian


Artificial Intelligence

A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet human?Guardian


Companion Robots

Talking robots could be used in UK care homes to ease loneliness and improve mental healthSky News


Covid 19

Google and apple to roll out phase two of contact tracing systemGuardian

Those symptoms you googled could help researchers better understand  coronavirusWashington Post


Data Security

China takes aim at US “bullying” of it’s tech firmsBBC news


Digital Divide

Covid 19 is magnifying the digital divideBMJ Opinion

Coronavirus digital divide leaves poor Indian schoolchildren studying under a flyoverSky News


Law Enforcement

Covid 19 proves its time to abolish predictive policing algorithmsWired

Creepy geofence finds anyone near crime sceneWired


Misinformation Disinformation

Will WhatsApp’s Misinfo Cure Work for Facebook Messenger?Wired

Foreign interference and active measures why overstating disinformation campaigns helps hostile statesSky News 

Why Facebooks blocking of New Political Ads May Fall ShortNew York Times



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