Weekly News Circular – 25 November 2016

Each week the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week.

Censorship

Facebook’s Content Blocking Sends Some Very Mixed Messages – MIT Technology Review

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China – The New York Times

Cybersecurity 

 Google warns journalists and professors: Your account is under attack – Ars Technica

Internet age checks are an overreaction – The Guardian

Thailand seeks to tighten cyber security, raising questions about privacy protection – Reuters

Israeli researchers prove headphones can be used as covert listening device – The Next Web

Data protection

 Irish data Commissioner steps up investigation into Yahoo email scanning – Reuters

Health

 Is DeepMind’s Health-Care App a Solution, or a Problem? – MIT Technology Review

NHS using Google technology to treat patients – BBC News

Who owns your genetic information when you’re a twin? – MIT Technology Review

Net neutrality

 Net neutrality regulations under threat by Trump’s new FCC appointments – The Guardian

Predictive analytics

Convict-spotting algorithm criticised – BBC News

Technology

 AI Machine Attempts to Understand Comic Books … and Fails MIT Technology Review

AI Has Beaten Humans at Lip-reading – MIT Technology Review

What Lame Duck? Obama Isn’t Backing Down on These Tech Policies – MIT Technology Review

Google will now tell you whether a bar or shop is busy in real-time – The Guardian

James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data – The New York Times

UK Investigatory Powers Bill

Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law – BBC News

The list of organisations that will be allowed to view your entire internet history – The Independent


Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.