Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 27 July

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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