HRBDT News Circular 22 June 2020

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project has prepared an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from 12 to 19 June 2020.


COVID-19/Contact tracing

Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing MarketThe New York Times

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does. – New York Times


Mis/dis information and hate speech

Facebook plans voter turnout push – but will not bar false claims from TrumpThe Guardian

Twitter labels Trump tweet ‘misleading media’ for first time – BBC News

Zoom shuts accounts of activists holding Tiananmen Square and Hong Kong events     – The Guardian



A Council of Citizens Should Regulate Algorithms – Wired

Breaking up big tech monopolies won’t solve anything – Wired



Give 1m UK children reliable broadband or risk harming their education, MPs sayThe Guardian

Justice Dept. Urges Rolling Back Legal Shield for Tech Companies – The New York Times

France’s top court rejects core of law targeting online hate speech – Reuters

Italy wants a global agreement on digital tax by end of 2020: Economy Minister – Reuters

OECD: No deal on digital tax risks trade war – BBC News



Conviction in the Philippines Reveals Facebook’s Dangers – The New York Times

Zoom will provide end-to-end encryption to all users after privacy backlash – The Guardian


Tech companies

Apple Pay and App Store face investigation over competition rules – The Guardian

Snapchat firm unveils platform plan to take on Google and Apple – The Guardian

Amazon Said to Be Under Scrutiny in 2 States for Abuse of PowerThe New York Times

How Social Media Has Changed Civil Rights Protests – The New York Times

TikTok makes moves into education market – BBC News

TikTok Finally Explains How the ‘For You’ Algorithm Works – Wired


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