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The Hallelujah of Dataism

Anyone who wants to believe in it, finds their priests: dataism. Last summer, I read the book entitled ‘Friction’ by philosopher Miriam Rasch. She defines dataism as the sacred belief in data as an explanatory model for reality and as … Read More

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

By Sille Obelitz Søe and Jens-Erik Mai “What does it mean to be human?” is perhaps the most fundamental and important question we can ask at the moment. This might sound odd in a time where the world is fighting … Read More

Games Are Gambling With Childrens Data

Despite clear age rules many games are ignoring the fact that children are using their services. Children have a right to digital privacy and protection against advertisments (especially personalised) but they are not protected at all in most games. This … Read More

How Europe is working towards Digital Sovereignty

In March, four EU leaders, Angela Merkel (Germany), Mette Frederiksen (Denmark), Sanna Marin (Finland) and Kaja Kallas (Estonia), wrote a letter encouraging the European Commission President to support digital sovereignty in Europe. In the letter they call for EU-based data … Read More

Whose Privacy is it Anyway? 

Privacy concerns some of the most personal aspects of our lives, for instance about our health, personal habits, financial situation. It is tempting to think of privacy as solely an individual affair.  But as philosopher Carissa Véliz has argued, privacy is … Read More

Burning Down The House?

With small new engaging platforms it is wise to take a closer look on how they manage to safeguard our privacy and protect our data. The invite-only live-audio SoMe platform Clubhouse has passed the 10 million users landmark during its first year in action. So should you feel left out in the cold in case … Read More

Building Trustworthy AI in Cities  With Public AI Registers

As a wave of digitisation sweeps Europe, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI) rapidly become an integral part of our daily lives. Public authorities thus use algorithms to optimise their processes, improve the accessibility to their services, or manage public spaces.  This development stresses the need for ensuring that algorithms in public services must respect the same principles of responsibility, accountability, transparency, and security … Read More

Sweden Puts People First   

For 50 years, the Swedish Data Protection Agency has been called the Data Inspectorate. But in early 2021, they changed their name to Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection (IMY). In this way, the supervisory authority emphasises that they focus on the … Read More

Vaccination Passes Make No Sense – At Present

At present, vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission. Without that, it cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll out of a digital passport … Read More

Apple Vs. Facebook

Apple is taking another step towards giving users control over their data and obtain privacy. From this spring your iPhone’s IOS will force all apps to ask you to opt in, if you are okay with being tracked. The current … Read More

Dark Patterns from Amazon into the Light

Amazon Prime’s design feature manipulates users into sticking with paid memberships, claims the Norwegian Consumer Council, and that is not okay. Therefore they have filed a  legal complaint to the Consumer Protection Authority saying that Amazon puts obstacles in the way of … Read More

Googlification Of The Elementary School

Google is about to take over many elementary schools in Europe with its Chromebooks and the app collection in Google Suit for Education. The data monopoly sits on about half of the elementary schools in Denmark, and the second largest … Read More

Listen to the Engineers – the Algorithm Does

Published 14-01-2021 at Nordic Engineers “Ditch the algorithm!” became one of the battle cries of 2020, encapsulating the fear that humanity is being subordinated to technology[1]. At the same time, the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems is increasingly … Read More

From YouTube User to YouTube Watchdog

Many people like YouTube recommendations, but they can also lead some into extremism or have other serious consequences, and YouTube does have a history of recommending harmful content — from pandemic conspiracies to political disinformation — to its users, even … Read More

Our Focus At Data Ethics Helped Sell My Company

By Kasper Holst Hansen After 13 years of working with EduLab (which I founded) and MatematikFessor the time had come to sell the company. I had no prior experience with selling a company but understood that all things need to be in order. The value of having order in our finances … Read More

polypoly – an EU data cooperative

Photo by fauxels from Pexels We are used to having big private companies be in control of our personal data in exchange for using their services. But what if we could be in control our data and earn the profit … Read More

EU Unicorns – No Thanks

EU is hoping that we can create unicorns. It can be much more valuable to have a higher number of smaller, more specialized companies, whose systems are interoperable in stead of promoting a company culture who is mainly growing by … Read More

250 Recommendations on How End Infodemics

The Forum on Information and Democracy has published a report of on how to fix infodemics. Based on more than 100 contributions from international experts, it offers 250 recommendations on how to rein in a phenomenon that threatens democracies and … Read More

Who Feeds The Watch Dog?

Academic AI researchers receive quite extensive financial support from big tech, according to several articles and studies. 58% of faculty at four prominent universities have received grants, fellowship, or other financial support from Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Nividia, … Read More

How Ethics and the DPIA can Go Together

Data ethics are on the agenda in an increasing number of organisations. This means that consideration is given to the ethical justification of how data and personal data are handled. In addition to the legal frameworks, the desirability of data … Read More

Paid Child Influencer = Child Labor

With a so-called Child YouTuber Law, France are showing the way towards protecting our children from digital child labour. Child influencers – often run by their parents – is a growing phenonomen. For years children have been protected by law towards child labour within legislation worldwide. UN … Read More

Privacy Focused Services Are Gaining Traction

Analysis. Products and services, which try to embed privacy and work ethically responsible with data, are finally progressing. It is uphill to compete with monopoly tech’s convenient and dirt cheap or ‘free’ products, but more and more individuals seem to … Read More

Ethics during Covid19 in Europe

Ethics procedures are a core component of any AI innovation and research. It is essential that we do not undermine this during the Covid19 crisis. Europe still needs to deliver on its “Trustworthy AI agenda”. Most of us know the … Read More

Algorithms can Increase Poverty

Michele Gilman a professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law has written a report for poverty lawyers explaining the consequences of data-centric technologies in America. The report covers seven areas were algorithms can cause discrimination and … Read More

New Assessment List for Trustworthy AI

The final Assessment List for Trustworthy AI (ALTAI) presented by the European High Level Expert Group on AI is intended for self-evaluation purposes. It is based on the initial assessment list outlined in the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI created … Read More

Facebook Auditors Are Deeply Troubled

Facebook’s decisions over the last nine months have resulted in serious setbacks for civil rights and the prioritisation of free expression over all other values, such as equality and non-discrimination, is deeply troubling to the auditors. Further on privacy, groups … Read More

Graphic Recording: GDPR 2 Years After

At the end of May 202, the company Cleardox held a webinar looking into GDPR two years after. Jakob Kamby from Kammeradvokaten, Allan Frank from the Danish DPA, Stephen Alstrup, Superwiz/Copenhagen Univerisity and Pernille Tranberg,, participated. Here is the … Read More

Paper on Personal Data Platform Cooperatives

Paper. In the current data economy, very few people gain opportunities to control significant amounts of personal data. Control over personal data assets is distributed very unequally across social positions. Most users of are only able to provide consent for … Read More


An eye on TikTok

During the last year the video sharing platform TikTok has become very popular. And according to Euronews TikTok’s popularity spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the app being the second-most installed application in April 2020 worldwide, with more than 107 … Read More

How Google Keeps Publishers On A String

    A new paper presents evidence to support a potential antitrust case against Google based on its apparent dominant position and alleged anti-competitive conduct in the digital advertising market in the US. It alleges that Google has used it … Read More

Essay: The Inseminated Will

While isolation preserves us from the pandemic, it makes us especially vulnerable to the effects of the infodemic. In a context that has brought our offline lives to the online wires, we are all exposed to being constantly tested by … Read More

An Analysis Facebook’s Data Ethics

By Lara Friedel, Bella Hintergard, Javier Lede Intro Algorithms are progressively shaping more and more aspects of our lives. The evolution of this issue leads the need to raise an urgent debate on the ethical use of data. We are … Read More

Responses white paper on public procurement’s white paper on AI in public procurement has been forwarded to EU policymakers. First response we have received is from the European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton who writes (26th of May 2020): “..I was very pleased to … Read More

What does ‘Transparent’ AI Mean?

Over the last couple of years, many companies, institutions, governments and ethicists have proposed their own principles for the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in an ethical way. Most of the guidelines include principles about fairness, accountability and transparency, but … Read More

What is Data Ethics?

A lot of confusion about the term’s roots, history and disciplinary approaches is clouding the current debate. Is it “ethics washing”? Is it misappropriation of a term? Who “owns” the term? The popularity of the term “data ethics” exploded in … Read More

Designing for Informed Consent Online That Works

This article is written by guest writer Annesophie Eve Hørlyk based on her master’s thesis that was published in the IT University of Copenhagen in January 2020. Informed consent is one of the primary means to protect internet users’ autonomy … Read More

It Is Risky Tracking Your Fertility

Is it okay to participate in the criticized ad tech system, when your service is dealing with such sensitive data as women’s fertility data? For the German-founded privacy-focused start-up Clue, it is a constant balance between being user-friendly and private … Read More

10 Tips for Organising a Good Webinar

Are you doing webinars? Here are advice on how to get a good start (and ethical tools to use). Many still feel uncomfortable with organizing webinars and prefer physical events. And agreed, there are things you cannot do in a … Read More

Ethics in Silicon Valley

In the paper Owning Ethics: Corporate Logics, Silicon Valley, and the Institutionalization of Ethics by Jacob Metcalf, Emanuel Moss and Danah Boyd the authors investigates the role and pitfalls of ethics in big cooperate firms in Silicon Valley and how … Read More

How A ‘Smart’ Dutch Neighbourhood Went From ‘Pay Your Rent With Data’ to What Looks Like Ethics – But Questions Remain

In a town in the southern part of the Netherlands a futuristic neighbourhood is about to be built. ‘BrainPort SmartDistrict’ will be a neighbourhood for citizens of the future. In this analysis I explain how the project was criticized for not embedding privacy and putting the residents at the center – and then how the project changed focus. But  despite a new focus, there are still many ethical questions to be asked and discussed – the most important being: It is desired? … Read More

Data Trusts Might Empower Consumers

Over the past couple of years experts have been pointing to ‘data trusts’ as a way to make a more democratic and fair infrastructure. Report after report have pointed to the need of trying this out. Despite wide endorsement of … Read More

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