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

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

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

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 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

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

Roundtable at ICANN58 on data ethics

Take part in a round table discussion on how ethical treatment of personal data is becoming a competitive advantage, on the growing privacy tech market and how to tap into it with Pernille Tranberg, co-founder of the thinkdotank DataEthics. Pernille … 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

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

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

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

DE:MOCRACY – FILM OG DEBAT

FREDAG 18. NOVEMBER KL.19, CINEMATEKET, KBH DataEthics.eu, Goethe Instituttet og Institut for Menneskerettigheder viser dokumentarfilmen Democracy – Im Rausch der Daten af David Bernet for første gang i Danmark. Filmen giver et enestående indblik i kulisserne bag lovgivningsarbejdet i EU … Read More

Why You Should Keep Your Heart Rate Secret

News. Scientific studies show that your heart rate can be an indicator of sexual dysfunction, that low resting heart rates correlates with propensity for violence and that an elevated heart rate can lead to others being less likely to cooperate … Read More

Algorithmic Risk Scores Help Crime Sentencing

News. Risk scores, generated by algorithms, are becoming a common factor in sentencing in the US. Computers crunch data like arrests, type of crime, and demographic information, and a risk rating is generated. The idea is to create a guide … Read More

The Right to Be Forgotten is Flawed

News. A third party can potentially identify as many as 30% to 40% of delisted URLs and the name of the individual who requested the removal, researchers from  NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Shanghai and the Federal University of … 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

The Tech-Averse Unconnected Consumer Trend

News. The more connected we get, the more people will hit the brake, embrace analogue, dumb phones (which we might have to re-name ‘smartphones’ one day) and unconnectedness. The former YouTube director Anna Bateson told Mediatel that we have forgotten … 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

Big Data is Big Liability

News. Companies once thought they’d make big money off big data. Now it is their biggest liability. In the future, successful data companies will not own any data.  We are heading for a data crunch, as citizens are more conscious … Read More

Consumers Shun Loyalty Programmes

News. There has been a 20 percent drop in membership of loyalty programmes among the affluent middle class since 2014 up to 2016 according to a survey from Collison Group on programs run by supermarkets, airlines, credit card providers, retailers, … Read More

We all have to learn to be Public

By Marianne Steen & Pernille Tranberg Blog. The discussion about the dissemination and sharing of nude photos of children and adults have a good explanation. The vast majority of people have no idea what it means to be a public … 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

Adblocking is becoming an ‘epidemic’

News. Since 2014 the use of ad- and cookieblocking has more than doubled and Emarketer expects that it will only be more and more common. Today 20,5 percent of UK internet users block ads and cookies. In 2017 the number … Read More

Tech Gives Lenders Power Over Customers

News. A woman needs to drive her son to the hospital fast, as he has a alarmingly high fever, but her car won’t start. Another woman is driving on the highway and suddenly her car was turned off sending her … Read More

Rich Kids Reveal Their Parents On Social Media

News: Some people are enviously watching rich kids on Instagram showing off their parents yachts, private jets and other possessings on Instagram and other social media, but it does have another side. They are – often without knowing, revealing their … 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

Columbian Hacker Manipulated Elections

News. Andrés Sepúlveda is a Columbian hacker and 31 years of age. For 8 years he has traveled Latin America rigging major political campaigns. With a team of hackers Andrés Sepúlveda has stolen campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create … Read More

Take Away from First Meeting in DataEthics

News. The first meeting in DataEthics 10th March 2016 went very well. It was more than full house (over 60) where there were talks and discussions on the very new market for privacy-enhancing tech such as smartphones and search engines. … Read More

Responsible Data Driven Advocacy

News. There is a fundamental lack of technical literacy among advocacy organisations affecting the way they interact with technical partners, the decisions they make around the project, the level to which they can have meaningful input, and it also affects … Read More

Conference on The Competitive Advantage

Event. Businesses, who wish to learn the benefits of privacy, and develop commercial offerings around it. Entrepreneurs and Investors, who want to build businesses that offer privacy as a commercial proposition. Legislators and Regulators, who are tasked with implementing the … Read More

Is Your Smartphone Listening In?

A journalist from the BBC was doing some ironing when her mum came in to tell her that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. Her phone was on the worktop behind her. But the … 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

Re:publica: Berlin 2-4 May

“The re:publica is one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world. Since its foundation in 2007, it has grown from a cozy blogger meeting with 700 participants into a wide-ranging “society conference”, with 7000 … 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

Heartificial Intelligence: Book coming out in 2016

How will machines know what we value if we don’t know ourselves? This is the central question for John C. Havens’ new book, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines coming out in 2016.    

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

Understand the Market for Privacy

Welcome by Pernille Tranberg. Our first event in DataEthics was March 10th 2016 at IDA in Copenhagen. Here Pernille Tranberg, co-founder, give a welcome speech on our visions. The program: Program 14:00 to 14:15 – Welcome and a few words … 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

Conference on The Digital Single Market

Event: What will it actually take to move Europe from the legislative drawing board to a digital reality? And what’s in it for both citizens and businesses? These are the questions to be answered at a highl-leve conference in Copenhagen December 8th … 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

The Global Privacy as Innovation Network

The Global Privacy as Innovation Network is DataEthics’ global policy network. It was established at the Privacy as Innovation II session at the 9th Internet Governance Forum September 2014.

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

The Safer Internet Forum, Luxembourg 28-29 October 2015

The Safer Internet Forum (SIF) is a key annual international conference in Europe where policy makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, … Read More

Safer Internet Forum, Luxembourg 28-29 oktober 2015

Event. Safer Internet Forum (SIF) er en central årlig konference i Europa, hvor politiske beslutningstagere, forskere, myndigheder, lærere, ngo’er, repræsentanter for erhvervslivet, eksperter og andre relevante aktører mødes for at diskutere de nyeste trends, risici og løsninger relateret til børns … Read More

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