Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 7 December

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  3 – 7 December 2018.

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression in Decline Amid Media Attacks, Report Warns – Sky News

No, Facebook’s Updated Sex Policy Doesn’t Prohibit Discussing Your Sexual OrientationThe Verge

Governance of AI & Big Data

Some Artificial Intelligence Should be Regulated, Research Group SaysFortune

Canada and France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI’s Dangers – MIT Tech Review

Institute of Big Data Governance Established in Hong Kong Computer World Hong Kong

Until Regulations Catch Up, AI-oriented Companies Must Establish Their Own Ethical FrameworksMIT Sloan Management Review


Google’s DeepMind predicts 3D Shapes of Proteins:  AI Program’s Understanding of Proteins Could Usher In New Era of Medical Progress – The Guardian

A.I. Will Equalize Health Care in China, NovaVision CEO SaysCNBC

Amazon’s New Machine Learning Tool to Decode Unstructured Medical Data – Digital Health


The Privacy Risks of Compiling Mobility Data: Merging Different Types of Location- Stamped Data Can Make it Easier to Discern Users’ Identities, Even When the Data is AnonymizedMIT News

In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls: What Happens Next? – EFF

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s – New York Times


Sacramento County Ends ‘mind-boggling’ Automated License Plate Reader Program Tracking Welfare Recipients The Sacramento Bee

Wanted: The ‘Perfect Babysitter.’  Must Pass AI Scan For Respect and AttitudeWashington Post

Facial recognition 20 times more accurate with advances in convolutional neural networks, NIST findsBiometric Update

Artificial Intelligence Experts Issue Urgent Waning Against Facial Scanning With A ‘Dangerous History – The Intercept

Tech Giants

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI’s ‘Race to the BottomWired

Social Media Scraping App Predictim Banned by Facebook and Twitter – Naked Security

Facebook Accused of Striking ‘Secret Deals Over User Data – BBC News

How Instagram Hides Behind Facebook – and Rakes in Billions – The Guardian

Facebook Could Threaten Democracy, Says Former GCHQ BossBBC News


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