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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

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

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

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, DataEthics.eu, 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

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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

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

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

How Design Can Decieve and Lure Data Out Of Us

There are many examples of bad design. Unethical design and even illegal design, where services are trying to lure more data out of us than necessary. A really good report from the French Data Protection Agency CNIL is addressing this. … Read More

How Telefonica Works With Responsible AI

As with most other telcos, Telefonica is looking for new business models, as their old model is becoming extinguished. Privacy and security is one area, where the Spanish telco is investing and seeing new opportunities. For over a year, it … Read More

Data Ethics’ focus on AI 2019-2020

AI decision making systems based on complex data collection and analytics embedded in society are increasingly shaping the opportunities of the human being. Still we do not have standardized ethics and social impact assessments in the design phase of these … Read More

How Ethics and Governance Could Save Democracies

Companies, organisations, goverments and individuals all have a responsibility when it comes to saving our democracy. According to Ulrike Reisach, Professor at the Information Management Department of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria/Germany, we have a whole lot to … Read More

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

A Data Democracy is a Slow Compromise

HighLights. Data democracy vs data dictatorship and data monopolies. AI and ethics. Individual data control. These topics went through thorough examination at this year’s DataEthics Forum, where participants from South Africa over the US and all of Europe met and … Read More

DataEthics’ Mozilla Fellow 2019/20

  DataEthics’ Mozilla fellow 2019/20 is now announced. Each year Mozilla Fellows embed at a host organization. Fellows and host organizations are supported by the Ford Foundation, Mozilla and others and work alongside each other fighting for digital rights. See … Read More

New Media Pledge: We Shall Not Surveil You

An upcoming new media company had to put a lot of effort into finding a newsletter provider where you can turn off tracking. Compared to most traditional media, who track us all like they were Google or Facebook, this coming … Read More

Why trust in AI is not enough

By Gry Hasselbalch and Sille Obelitz Søe How can we trust AI? This is one of the most pressing questions we are facing at the moment with the rapid speed in development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning algorithms. … Read More

Privacy in Public is a Neglected Right

According to professor in information science Helen Nissenbaum data protection should apply for all types of information – and not just personal information. In her book ‘Privacy In Context’, she argues that we have a dicotomatic understanding of privacy: something … Read More

Danish Data Protection Agency Will Not Fight Google

The GDPR emphasize that when processing data, the design of systems, apps etc must support the principles of fundamental data protection, including the principle of data minimisation. Many games and free apps have previously tracked all kinds of data about … Read More

The Ad Tech Industry in Illegal Operations

The British data protection watchdog ICO is investigating how personal data is used in digital ads. It does not look good. In an interim report, the ad tech industry is blamed for not protecting our data sufficiently in the real … Read More

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