Category: Reports

China’s Algorithm of Oppression

News. Human Rights Watch (HRW) got access to an app, “Integrated Joint Operations Platform” (IJOP), which they say the Chinese authority in the western Xinjiang region uses to surveil and categorise the local population. By ‘reverse engineering’ HRW was able … Read More

New Study: So Much for Micro-Targetting

Research. New study casts doubt on the ability of new technology to target effectively. Many people believe that we are all being micro-targetted with manipulative ads and messages from politicians. But an Australian study proves different. Personalised advertising may be … Read More

Six Precautionary Steps For Developing AI

Report. With AI technologies evolving and being integrated into our society, the possible dangers connected with AI are becoming more real than ever. These risks involve the emerging of surveillance governments, the creation of unfair and discriminating systems and societies, … Read More

The Nordic Health Model

REPORT. Imagine a future where Nordic citizens have full control over their health data and gave dynamic consent every time someone else but you want to access their health data. Individuals decide their own privacy policy, and in the event … Read More

The Cookie Fallacy

Analysis. The most common tool in the most common business model of the Internet, is cookie tracking. Some visionary companies are showing the data ethics way with no cookies or with privacy-by-design cookies, and as users realize how easy it … Read More

New UK AI Report Warns Against Data Monopolies

RESEARCH. In a new report on Artificial Intelligence, the UK House of Lords promotes ethics as the centre of the development of artificial intelligence. The reports also paints a picture of a current AI field run by data monopolies. The report … Read More

Whitepaper: Beyond GDPR Implementation

Whitepaper. Use GDPR to improve data protection strategies, says new whitepaper “Maintaining Data Protection and Privacy Beyond GDPR Implementation” from ISACA, written by Privacy Program Manager Tim Clements. Download it below. Too many enterprises are treating their GDPR challenge as … Read More

GDPR Does Entail a Right to Explanation

Research. There has been much dispute over GDPR and whether it entails a right to explanation of e.g. algorithmic decision-making. According to a paper from Andrew D. Selbst, Data & Society, and Julia Powles, University of Cambridge that right is … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Investigation of the Ashley Madison Hack

In 2015 the infidelity site Ashley Madison was in the limelight when hackers stole their database with 37 million customers’ data and threatened to publish sensitive information – including sexual fantasies and names of well known people. The hackers finally … Read More

Data Power is also Competition Law

Research. With digitalisation of the economy use of data is not longer a matter for primarily data protections regulators. Competition is also relevant, according to this research paper from the German and French competition authorities, identifying the key issues and … Read More

EU’s New Data Laws Enables Big Data

Research. According to a new study from Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Yann Padova, the new EU data protection regulation (GDPR) considerably opens up the door for big data. “The new data protection setup is far from being simple or transparent, leaves … Read More

Whitepaper: Big Data Research Ethics

The Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society has published a whitepaper with recommendations to implement big data research ethics. With the two Danish students from Aarhus University, who released profile data on 70.000 users without permission, in mind this … Read More

New reseach: Accountable Algorithms

Research. How do you judge the intent of a piece of software? Accountability tools for regulators have not been developed as fast a new tools for algorithmic decision-making. Transparency will not solve this. This research from Princeton University reveals a … Read More

How Legacy Media Help Spread Rumors

Study. Social media has often been criticized for spreading rumors and unreliable information too fast and that legacy media and their ‘official’ account can ‘regulate’ that with reliable journalism. However, a new study show how these official accounts participate in … Read More

New study: Ebola a big data disaster

Survey: The report “Ebola a big data disaster” by Sean Martin McDonald explores the use of Big Data in humanitarian crisis and the implications for privacy of some of the most vulnerable citizens of the world. In specific it questions … Read More

Robots Read Books To Become More Human

Research: Artificial intelligence researchers have robots read books to help them understand how to behave in a human way. They teach computers ethics in the same way children are taught how to behave in human societies. “The collected stories of … Read More

Intimate Surveillance on the rise

Research: Data collection and analytics have pervaded nearly every sphere of daily life, from commerce to health, from transport to education, to employment. But there is also a rise in intimate surveillance relating to love, romance, and sexual activity. There … Read More

Privacy By Design In Big Data

Report. The EU ENISA office concludes in the report Privacy By Design in Big Data from December 2015 that there is a need to create common privacy-by-design criteria, to promote privacy-enhancing-technologies  and for common policy enforcement. According to ENISA there … Read More

Guarding and Growing Personal Data Value

Report: Businesses collect massive volumes of data from individuals, using it to personalize customer offerings, innovate products and diversify into new markets. But increasingly customers are concerned about who is doing what with their data. Governments are rewriting the rules … Read More

Privacy is Persistent in 6 Mega Trends

Report. World Economic Forum has identified 6 mega trends. People and the internet. Computing, communications and storage everywhere. The Internet of Things. Artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. The sharing economy and distributed trust. And The digitization of matter. Read … Read More

The Great Data Race

Report: The Norwegian Data Protection Office has released an interesting report, The Great Data Race, on big data commercial use vs personal data challenges. It is out in Norwegian and very soon in English. Some main points: If we lose … Read More

The Corporate Accountability Index: Ranking Digital Rights

Report: The Ranking Digital Rights project has launched the first annual Corporate Accountability Index. The index ranks 16 of the world’s largest Internet and telecommunications companies according to 31 indicators focused on corporate disclosure of commitments, policies and practices that … 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

1 in 3 Europeans lie about their data

Survey:  1 in 3 Europeans lie about their data to protect their privacy. And only 14% think its okay that companies share their data with third parties. The report from Symantec covers Spain, Germany, Franking , Holland, Denmark , Italy … Read More

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