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New AI Report: 4 Risk Areas and 10 Recommendations

Research. AI does not exist in a vacuum and the promises of the tech companies behind are not enough. New report highlights four challenge areas and gives recommendations on how to proceed. Artificial intelligent (AI) systems are already integrated in … Read More

May Be We Should Not Digitize Everything

Blog. Should all vulnerable infrastructure, products for babies and children and artificial body parts be digitized and be online in the future? Or are there areas that should not be a 100% digitized? Technological development dictates; digitize. But may be … Read More

How Alice Can Buy Ads to Track Bob

Research. Can regular people, not just impersonal, commercially-motivated merchants or advertising networks—can exploit the online advertising ecosystem to extract private information about other people? The answer is yes. A new study documents that. For example, an individual or small group … Read More

Let’s talk about AI

BLOG: If we want to design ethical AI that benefits a human evolution, we need a way of talking about it that respects our human values and quirks.  AI is everywhere. And nowhere. Because what do we actually mean when we talk … Read More

Dieter Carstensen: LEGO

Dieter Carstensen is the Head of Digital Child Safety at LEGO, Danish construction toy manufacturer. During the European Data Ethics Forum, Dieter spoke about LEGO’s active taken in order to protect children’s online privacy, but also the challenges arising with … Read More

Gregoire Marino: Clue

Gregoire Marino is the Head of Trust and Safety at Clue, a period – tracking and fertility app.  On the 29th of September, Gregoire spoke at European Data Ethics Forum in Copenhagen. After presenting Clue, he touched on methods of … Read More

Raegan MacDonald: Mozilla

Raegan MacDonald is a Policy Advisor at Mozilla, a “hybrid company” that “builds open source software while being a non-profit foundation“. During the European Data Ethics Forum, Raegan touched on Mozilla’s commitment to its manifesto and the three Ps the … Read More

Siim Teller: Wire

Siim Teller is the Head of Marketing at Wire, a Switzerland – based secure communication solution that is open source, end to end encrypted and locates its servers in Germany and Ireland. His talk at the European Data Ethics Forum … Read More

Zlatan Todoric: Purism

Zlatan Todoric is the Chief of Technology at Purism, a social purpose corporation that manufactures the freedom-respecting laptop Librem and has recently reached its crowdfunding goal in order to develop a freedom-respecting phone. During the first European Data Ethics Conference … Read More

Simon Hania: TomTom

Simon Hania is the Vice President on Privacy and Security at TomTom, a Dutch producer of traffic, navigation and mapping products. TomTom also makes action cameras, GPS sport watches, fleet management systems, and location-based products. During his talk at Europe’s … Read More

Marc Al – Hames: Cliqz

Marc Al – Hames is the CEO of Cliqz, a secure browser with built-in quick search and integrated privacy protection: anti-tracking, anti-phishing and ad blocker. During the European Data Ethics Forum in Copenhagen, Marc touched on the gap between users’ … Read More

Brian Schildt: findx

Brian Schildt is the Chief Relationship Officer of findx, a private, crawler – based search engine, part of the Danish company Privacore. His talk at the European Data Ethics Forum focused on presenting findx and its main characteristics, touched upon … Read More

Evelyn Ruppert: Citizen data app

The first keynote of the European Data Ethics Forum was Evelyn Ruppert, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her talk focused on the ways in which statistics make sense of society, new paradigms of rethinking citizen data and … Read More

Laura Kalbag: Better by ind.ie

Laura Kalbag is part of ind.ie, a Malmø-based, 2-person social enterprise that strives for social justice in the digital age. During the European Data Ethics Forum, Laura presented ind.ie’s Better Blocker , the need for its existence, its foundational principles … Read More

Myths on GDPR – consent

Blog: One of the strongest myth when it comes to legal processing of personal data, are the myth(s) surrounding consent: If you have consent, it is always legal to process personal data. That is not correct. Consent is one of … Read More

German Answer To Car Ethics Problem: Human Life First

News. Driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property. Such are a set of new guidelines from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure after a panel of experts have scrutinized … Read More

Three Books on: You’re The Product

News. There have been ethical problems and ambiguities about Facebook since the moment of its creation. Three books dive into the company that claims to have 2 bio users, is growing 18% a year and sits on 4 og the … Read More

Get Cheaper Prices With Privacy Tools

Blog. Some companies have begun to exploiting that individuals have become transparent due to constant tracking of our online behaviour. They feed us with offers and prices, which are more to their own advantage than their customers’. Tools for digital … Read More

Event: Big Data or Big Bias

By Morten Jastrup Event. Join Demokratiscenen and DataEthics in a dilemma game on AI, data and machine learning at TechFestival in Copenhagen September 6th. If you were a cancer patient, what would be most important to you – that your … Read More

Das Netz – A Book On Digitalisation

Book. A new freely available German book looks at all angles of digitalization. Personalized medicine and pricing, AI and algorithms, digitalised education and fitness, open source, a monthly recap of what has happened in Germany in 2017 and a vox … Read More

Research: State-Sponsored Social Media Manipulation

Research. Cybertroops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. Cyber troops are a pervasive and global phenomenon. Many different countries employ significant numbers of people and resources to manage and manipulate public … Read More

Findx: People-Friendly Private Search Engine

INTERVIEW. With digital privacy becoming one of the most discussed subjects in the past years, the market for private search engines is constantly growing. Yet not all private search engines are the same. Meet findx.com – the Danish crawler-based search … Read More

Not All Consumers Want Everything Connected

News. IoT predictions have been soaring, but the last year they have taken a turn. May be your customers aren’t ready for them yet and they simply don’t want smart features. Ask them and consider the economics, before you invest … Read More

The State of Mobile Adblocking

News. Blocking ads – and thus also cookie-tracking – is much more common (and easy) on the computer than on mobile gadgets. A new report, The State of Mobile Adblocking, shows that 1 of 2 US smartphone users actually wish … Read More

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Ethereum spells disruption

Analysis. In the past, the word blockchain was automatically associated with cryptocurrencies.  Such a system designed for digital transactions is Bitcoin, with opinions around it being split between supporters and critics. Enthusiasm for Etherum, a new game player, reached new … Read More

Building the Future of Augmented Humans

by Francesco Lapenta, www.beingdigital.org Technologies have traditionally been approached as ancillary tools in the history of mankind. Means used to master nature and our environment, or tools used to enhance creativity and communication. This once clear distinction between us humans, … Read More

Consumer Watchdog Will Test Products On Privacy

News. A new ‘The Digital Standard’ shall help consumers “understand which digital products do the most to protect their privacy and security, and give them the most control over their personal data.” With a historic power to influence governments and … Read More

Artificial Intelligence can predict suidcide

Research. Based on hospital admissions researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have proven that you can predict the likelihood of a someone committing suicide. With machine-learning algorithms Colin Walsh, a data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, can predict the likelihood … Read More

Best Cases in Data Ethics on Live Display

Event. How to track location and not be creepy. What happens when a company gives its customers control over their own data. What is a truly private chat- and ‘skype’ app. Or laptops w built-in security and privacy-centric features? How … Read More

Data Monopolies and Value Clashes

This is a chapter from the book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg published September 2016. Several significant lawsuits prompting large-scale media debate and political discourse have focused on American tech giants’ treatment … Read More

EU vs Facebook

News. Six European data authorities are going after and fining Facebook for abusing European personal data and not adhering the the laws. The allegations are long:  Unlawful tracking. Legal requirements regarding consent, fairness, transparency and proportionality not met. Insufficient information … Read More

Facebook’s effects on democratic action

Many politicians, action groups and activists use Facebook to mobilize supporters for a particular political cause. But is Facebook the ideal platform for public political debate? Far from it, I say. Instead, Facebook transforms politics into a popularity contest. The … Read More

Facebook Confirms Political Manipulation

Report. ‘Information Operations’ are actions taken by organized actors to distort political sentiment, most frequently to achieve a strategic and/or geopolitical outcome. These operations can use a combination of methods, such as false news, disinformation, or networks of  fake accounts … Read More

Privacy Embedded in Innovation

Chapter from the book Data Ethics – the New Competitive Advantage, published September 2016. “We’re concerned that the EC’s proposed data protection reforms will put European businesses at a competitive disadvantage in a global market, by placing restrictive controls and … Read More

From Consent to Data Control by Design

Research. The current model of consent is impractical and illusory, turning a tool that is supposed to empower individuals to make informed choices into a tool that submerges users in unread privacy notices that they accept as the de facto … Read More

The Taking Economy: Uber & Co

Research. Preliminary evidence suggests that the so-called sharing economy firms may be leveraging their access to data about users and their control over the user experience to mislead, coerce, or otherwise disadvantage sharing economy participants. A new paper from Ryan … Read More

Human rights are at stake when we cross a border

by Gemma Galdon Clavell, Eticas, Barcelona ANALYSIS: The human rights, civil liberties and societal implications of securing borders through data processing, mining and matching are receiving little consideration. Travellers give away their data and biometrics to authorities with little awareness … Read More

A call for a responsible use of data

by Anna Lykke Lundholm-Andersen Blog. For decades we have entrusted a data industry our personal information. That trust has been violated by the very same industry. Companies taking privacy protection seriously and valuing the trustful relation with their consumers will … Read More

Experts On The Pros & Cons of Algorithms

Research. As with everything else there are pros and cons when it comes to algorithms. Are the glass half-full or half empty? Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology experts, scholars, … Read More

How Trump used Psychometric Profiling

News. Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? The company behind Trump’s online campaign—the same company that had worked for … Read More

Exponential Growth In AdBlocking

Survey. A new report from PageFair shows that the main business model of the Internet is under immense pressure. According to ‘The state of the blocked web 2017 Global Adblock Report’ the global number of desktop and mobile devices that … Read More

The Nascent Market for Privacy Tech

Analysis. Wire. Disconnect. Startpage. Protonmail. TomTom. HelloClue. These are all companies which can be categorized as part of a new and growing market for ‘Privacy Tech’ aimed at consumers. Data Gravity, Privacy Perfect, Privacy Cheq and One Trust are part … Read More

Privacy Over Individual Personalization

Survey. Increasingly consumers are getting sceptical towards the tracking of their personal data online. A new survey from McKinesey/Comscore shows that a majority prefer privacy over personalization. And that many have taken on privacy tools. Consumers in Brazil, China, Egypt, … Read More

Blockchain was hot in Davos

Blog. Blockchain, ethics and AI, robotics and ethics, and a human manifesto. These are some of the take aways DataEthics.eu took back from a week in January in Davos, where the global elite gathered for World Economic Forum 2017. “The … Read More

Forcing Real Names Online Increases Discrimination

Research. People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. Evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently … Read More

EU-project: We Will Make Ethics Actionable

News. An new EU-funded project, Virt-EU, will analyze and map the ethical practices of developers within the IoT space. The goal is to understand how ethics is enacted today, generate a new framework for privacy, ethical and social impact assessment … Read More

Will Artificial Intelligence Overtake Humans?

News. What happens when artificial intelligence, AI, is incorporated into robots looking like humans? Will be be able to distinguish? One skeptical expert and one slightly more hopeful expert discus this in the Guardians podcast Chips With Everything. The scope … Read More

DataEthics on The International Agenda

News. This coming month the thinkdotank DataEthics.eu will be very active internationally. It will be present both at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) and on the conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP). ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’ is the … Read More

The Moral Machine

News. Welcome to the moral machine. A platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving cars. Such is the message when you arrive at the MoralMachine. Here you can make decisions yourself … Read More

Connected toys violate European consumer law

The Norwegian Consumer Council has looked at the terms and the technical features of selected connected toys. The findings show a serious lack of understanding of children’s rights to privacy and security. Based on what was discovered, consumer organizations in … Read More

How Car Data Can Be Monetized

The overall revenue pool from car data monetization at a global scale might add up to USD 450 – 750 billion by 2030, according to the consulting company McKinsey, who has identified 30 distinct use cases that hold the potential … Read More

The GDPR and Children

When the new EU data protection regulation (GDPR) will come into force in 2018, businesses must be ready to implement new requirements regarding the data of their users. This includes responsibilities in relation to their younger users. With e.g. a … Read More

View from Wire – A Privacy Tech Start-Up

Not only the address is cool: Rosenthaler Str 40 in Berlin, 6th floor overlooking Hackesche Markt. The product is just as cool: At secure privacy-enhancing messaging and ‘skype’ app called WIRE – free and user-friendly. For Wire, privacy was a … Read More

New Study: When Cool Becomes Creepy

Survey. A new survey from KMPG International investigates when cool become creepy? When does convenient turn into intrusive? Understanding consumers’ sensitivities around the use of their personal data is central to establishing and maintaining trust between consumer and company, KMPG … Read More

Japan Bets on Personal Data Stores

The Japanese Government has decided to test and promote the relatively new concept called Personal Data Stores, where individuals get control over their own data as opposed to the current digital infrastructure with huge data monopolies controlling most personal data. … Read More

Implications of IoT Need Focus

Research. “Before we too readily endorse smart devices and sensors that can send into the cloud information about many personal aspects of our daily lives, it is essential to have an informed discussion about the implications of the Internet of … Read More

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