Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 4 April 2019

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  30 March – 4 April 2019.


This Week in Tech by the New York Times



Google scraps AI ethics council after backlash: ‘Back to the drawing board’The Guardian

What’s the new weapon against money laundering gangsters?BBC News

A.I. Experts Question Amazon’s Facial-Recognition TechnologyNew York Times


Content regulation

Video app TikTok fails to remove online predatorsBBC News


Cyber security

Cyber-attacks ‘damage’ national infrastructure – BBC News


Data protection

Data on 540 million Facebook users exposedBBC News



Facebook’s ads system leans on stereotypes for housing, job ads: studyReuters



In India Election, False Posts and Hate Speech Flummox FacebookNew York Times

WhatsApp launches fact-check service to fight fake news during India pollsReuters


New Tech

5G: World’s first commercial services promise ‘great leap’BBC News

How Google is cramming more data into its new Atlantic cableWired



Australia targets tech firms with ‘abhorrent material’ lawsBBC News

EU charges six video game companies with unfair ‘geo-blocking’Reuters

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics – Reuters


Social media

Google shuts failed social network Google+BBC News

Facebook to reveal News Feed algorithm secretsBBC News

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet contentBBC News

Facebook to consider live video restrictions after NZ attacksBBC news

YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run RampantBloomberg 

Facebook let dozens of cybercime groups operate in plain sightWired



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