Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 27 July

Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 27 July
July 30, 2018 Krzysztof Garstka

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 20 July – 27 July 2018.


Hordes of research robots could be hijacked for fun and sabotage – MIT Technology Review

Russian hackers penetrate US power stations – BBC

How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections – Ars Technica


Americans are okay with gene-editing embryos to create healthier babies – MIT Technology Review

Virtual reality may help cure fear of heights – Reuters

Scroll Free September: Social media users urged to log off – BBC

Privacy/Data Protection

GPs and social service providers demand My Health Record protections – The Guardian

Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger’s creepy new clothes know how much you wear themThe Guardian

Paying for a service doesn’t guarantee it won’t sell your data – The Next Web

How a Rushed California Law Will Change the Privacy and Security Landscape for Mobile Health AppsPrivacy & Security Law Blog


Fake news a democratic crisis for UK, MPs warn – BBC

What is ‘shadow banning’, and why did Trump tweet about it? – The Guardian

Facebook deletes hundreds of posts under German hate-speech law – Reuters

Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days – BBC

Facebook’s “downvote” system begins rolling out wider in US—here’s how it works – Ars Technica


Police facial recognition system faces legal challenge – BBC

UK snooping ‘unlawful for more than decade’ – BBC

Amazon’s face ID tool mismatched 28 members of Congress to mug shots: ACLU – Reuters


Microsoft developed an AI to catch XboxLive cheaters – The Next Web

Facebook is creating an internet satellite – MIT Technology Review

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter will now let you transfer data between their services – MIT Technology Review

Big tech warns of ‘Japan’s millennium bug’ ahead of Akihito’s abdication – The Guardian

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