Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 17 December 2018

Each week The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from  17-21 December 2018.


FTC Hearings Exploring Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics Focus on Notions of Fairness, Transparency and Ethical UsesPrivacy and Security Law Blog

The Most Extraordinary Lesson of Two New Reports on Russian Disinformation: What They Reveal About White House ParalysisJust 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 jobThe Inquirer

Pharmacy chain leaks personal details of 24,000 workersBBC News

Tech giants focus AI on healthcare as India joins the bandwagonEconomic Times

Vanuatu uses drones to deliver vaccines to remote islandBBC News 



Facial recognition cameras scanning unwitting tourists and Christmas shoppers in London’s West EndThe Independent

How council uses spies to watch benefit cheats and rogue traders in one London boroughMy London News 

Police trawls of rape victims’ private data to be investigatedThe Guardian


Tech giants

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 usThe Guardian

Staff at Amazon’s Swansea warehouse ‘treated like robotsBBC News



The 2018 Good Tech AwardsNew York Times

This Year’s Must-Read Privacy Papers: Recipients of Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers AwardFuture of Privacy Forum 

US charges ‘China government hackersBBC 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.