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.


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


 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


 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


 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.