Weekly News Circular – 16 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 8 December to 16 December 2016.


Beijing Adds Veneer of Legal Legitimacy on Censorship — Human Rights Watch


Twitter blocks government ‘spy centers’ accessing user data – The Guardian

Is Big Brother coming to Germany? – Al Jazeera 


UNESCO launches new publication on Human Rights and Encryption, UNESCO

Kenya Court rules HIV data collection – BBC News

Gender Equality

Hackathon in support of LGBT rights provides solutions to the problem of hate-crime data and evidence collection globally – Real Wire

Humanitarian Actions

Disaster drones carry doctors in a package – Clinical Innovation & Technology

The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announce first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa – UNICEF

In Sri Lanka, Drones Shed Light on Effects of Severe Drought and Neglect of Waste Management – InterNews


Big Data In Healthcare: Paris Hospitals Predict Admission Rates Using Machine Learning – Forbes

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Prevent Subway Suicide Attempts – Motherboard


Facebook won’t help build a Muslim registry – CNN tech

Data (rather than prejudices) on the spectre of Romanian crime – Open Migration


Making the Case: The Dangers of Killer Robots and the Need for a Preemptive Ban – Human Rights Watch

For Developing World, 2016 Brought Education, Drones, Big Data – Voice of America


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