Category: Democracy

Pros and Cons in Blockchain-based Voting Systems

Today elections around the world face problems like violence, corruption, long waiting time, accessibility, affordability and privacy. Blockchain systems promise new opportunities for storing data and securing trust and transparency, but how can they be used to secure elections? Decentralized … Read More

How To Fix The Future According to Andrew Keen

Book. Regulation, competitive innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice and education are the five magic bullets on how to solve the current digital trust crisis, according to an excellent book from Andrew Keen; ‘How To Fix the Future’. As … 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

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

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

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

Hvem bestemmer hvad privatliv er?

Analyse. Hvad er et privatliv? Når virksomheder og regeringer i dag fremhæver deres særlige rolle som beskyttere af retten til privatliv, kan man godt forledes til at tro, at vi har en fælles forståelse af, hvad det er der skal … Read More

MyData 2016 in Helsinki – Bring Your Own Data

Event. Open Knowledge Finland, Aalto University and FING are teaming up to host MyData 2016, an international event bringing together up to 1000 participants from businesses, research community, civil society, government and local communities to Helsinki from August 31st – … Read More

Data to be treated like nuclear power

News. Big Data and computer science are like nuclear power 60 years ago. As in the 1950s, scientists need to look critically at their work and take part in the public debate. That is according to Philip Rogaway, an accomplished … Read More

Data is key to Republicans’ emotions



Analysis. Data and propaganda is dangerous combo. The ongoing US election campaign sets new standards for voter manipulation. Senator Ted Cruz, Republican, has harvested millions of Facebook data to analyze and influence the choices of voters. Not with facts, but … Read More

Takeouts from Websummit in Dublin

Blog: Eric Salamar from Kantar: Companies, who find big data easiest, are new companies with no legacy. Those who have one login and have a direct relationship with their customers are better off but legacy companies are coming along …… What is … Read More

Opinion from EDPS: Towards a new Digital Ethics

The opinion of the EU Data Protection Supervisor describes Digital Ethical implications of the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing. It outlines a four-tier ‘big data protection ecosystem’ to respond to the digital challenge. The EDPS has … Read More

The right to privacy online

Analysis: The evolution from one type of society to another has effected an interpretation of the right to privacy in an online context.In 1992 the public gained access to the former Eastern Germany secret service Stasi archives. They consisted of 180 kilometers … Read More

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