Weekly News Circular – 29 December 2016

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 16 December to 29 December 2016.


China’s Cybersecurity Efforts Could Pose New Challenge for Foreign Firms—the New York Times

4 Information Security Threats that Will Dominate 2017—CIO

US House Judiciary: Encryption Critical to National Interests—Info Security Magazine


How a Machine Learns Prejudice: Artificial intelligence picks up bias from human creators—not from hard, cold logic—Scientific American

Why Oakland Police Turned Down Predictive Policing—Motherboard


Ava is a Wearable Fertility-Tracking Device – and it’s coming to Europe—Business Insider

Precision Medicine, Big Data Partnerships Will Enhance Treatment—Health IT Analytics

How Big Data Is Being Used to Fight Infectious Disease Threats—Inside BigData

Humanitarian Aid

How USAID is connecting data from 85 countries—Federal News Radio


US Government Collecting Social Media Information from Foreign Travelers—The Guardian

Facebook’s Face Recognition Tech Goes on Trial: Class-action lawsuits target the biometric privacy policies of several Internet giants—IEEE Spectrum


Brain Activity is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher: Machines can decode it for us—Vox 

The Math Behind AI, as Explained to Lawyers—Inside Counsel

Alexa a Witness to Murder? Prosecutors Seek Amazon Echo Data—BloombergTechnology


From DNA to laws to data, five key tools to combat trafficking in 2017—Reuters

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