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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

A Swiss Zero-knowledge Cloud Provider

INTERVIEW. With cloud computing being the sector developing most in the IT industry, close to all Europeans have their data hosted by a cloud storage service. Surely a high percentage of this article’s readers already know that in reality there … Read More

Data Ethics Standards

With the increasing public debate on questions regarding  fake news, voter manipulation etc., ethical questions regarding data handling have finally gained real momentum. Several initiatives are currently set in motion to develop the basic data ethics standards for technology and … Read More

Is Your Kid Addicted? Here’s What To Do

News. Dana Boyd, researcher at Microsoft, founder of Data & Society and a kids and gadget expert, has some good tips for parents worrying about their kids’ addiction to their Smartphones. It is about verbalizing what you do, making a … 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

Sharing Location Data Makes Consumers Uneasy

Survey. Location data is one of the most sensitive personal data types it seems according to consumers. A new survey shows that a vast majority are very uneasy sharing location data and that only a small minority share location always … 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

How GDPR Changes US Big Tech

News. The new European privacy law, GDPR, is having effect all over the world for companies wanting a part of the lucrative EU market. Big in the US has been changing their services to live up to the new regulation. … Read More

It’s Time for a Data Ethics Impact Assessment

Data protection impact assessments (DPIA), also referred to as Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), are compulsory under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But ensuring an organization or business’ data protection compliance now and in the future is the … Read More

Apple Initiative Threatens Big Tech Business Model

News. Apple’s privacy-by-default feature, Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) in the newest version of the Safari browser will cost the ad tech business millions of dollars. One of the big players is downsizing its estimations of revenue by 22%, according to … Read More

In 2018 We Can Reclaim Our Data

Analysis. The big data challenge in 2018 in will be to maintain digital trust. In government,  in companies and in each other. In Europe, new groundbreaking privacy rules are in place that ensure the individual’s right to control his own … Read More

Data Ethics Principles

BENEFIT Who benefits from the data processing? Are people and communities involved considered? How is the balance achieved between non-exposure of the private life of citizens/consumers and the interest of society at large? DATA CONTROL Who has primary control? How … 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

May Be We Should Not Digitize Everything

Blog. Should all vulnerable infrastructure, products for babies and children and artificial body parts be digitized and be online in the future? Or are there areas that should not be a 100% digitized? Technological development dictates; digitize. But may be … 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

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

Gregoire Marino: Clue

Gregoire Marino is the Head of Trust and Safety at Clue, a period – tracking and fertility app.  On the 29th of September, Gregoire spoke at European Data Ethics Forum in Copenhagen. After presenting Clue, he touched on methods of … 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

Simon Hania: TomTom

Simon Hania is the Vice President on Privacy and Security at TomTom, a Dutch producer of traffic, navigation and mapping products. TomTom also makes action cameras, GPS sport watches, fleet management systems, and location-based products. During his talk at Europe’s … Read More

Marc Al – Hames: Cliqz

Marc Al – Hames is the CEO of Cliqz, a secure browser with built-in quick search and integrated privacy protection: anti-tracking, anti-phishing and ad blocker. During the European Data Ethics Forum in Copenhagen, Marc touched on the gap between users’ … Read More

Brian Schildt: findx

Brian Schildt is the Chief Relationship Officer of findx, a private, crawler – based search engine, part of the Danish company Privacore. His talk at the European Data Ethics Forum focused on presenting findx and its main characteristics, touched upon … Read More

Evelyn Ruppert: Citizen data app

The first keynote of the European Data Ethics Forum was Evelyn Ruppert, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her talk focused on the ways in which statistics make sense of society, new paradigms of rethinking citizen data and … Read More

Laura Kalbag: Better by ind.ie

Laura Kalbag is part of ind.ie, a Malmø-based, 2-person social enterprise that strives for social justice in the digital age. During the European Data Ethics Forum, Laura presented ind.ie’s Better Blocker , the need for its existence, its foundational principles … Read More

Myths on GDPR – consent

Blog: One of the strongest myth when it comes to legal processing of personal data, are the myth(s) surrounding consent: If you have consent, it is always legal to process personal data. That is not correct. Consent is one of … Read More

German Answer To Car Ethics Problem: Human Life First

News. Driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property. Such are a set of new guidelines from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure after a panel of experts have scrutinized … Read More

Three Books on: You’re The Product

News. There have been ethical problems and ambiguities about Facebook since the moment of its creation. Three books dive into the company that claims to have 2 bio users, is growing 18% a year and sits on 4 og the … Read More

Get Cheaper Prices With Privacy Tools

Blog. Some companies have begun to exploiting that individuals have become transparent due to constant tracking of our online behaviour. They feed us with offers and prices, which are more to their own advantage than their customers’. Tools for digital … Read More

Event: Big Data or Big Bias

By Morten Jastrup Event. Join Demokratiscenen and DataEthics in a dilemma game on AI, data and machine learning at TechFestival in Copenhagen September 6th. If you were a cancer patient, what would be most important to you – that your … 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

Interview: Brian Schildt – findx

INTERVIEW. With digital privacy becoming one of the most discussed subjects in the past years, the market for private search engines is constantly growing. Yet not all private search engines are the same. Meet findx.com – the Danish crawler-based search … 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

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Ethereum spells disruption

Analysis. In the past, the word blockchain was automatically associated with cryptocurrencies.  Such a system designed for digital transactions is Bitcoin, with opinions around it being split between supporters and critics. Enthusiasm for Etherum, a new game player, reached new … Read More

Building the Future of Augmented Humans

by Francesco Lapenta, www.beingdigital.org Technologies have traditionally been approached as ancillary tools in the history of mankind. Means used to master nature and our environment, or tools used to enhance creativity and communication. This once clear distinction between us humans, … 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

Data Monopolies and Value Clashes

This is a chapter from the book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg published September 2016. Several significant lawsuits prompting large-scale media debate and political discourse have focused on American tech giants’ treatment … 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’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

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

Privacy Embedded in Innovation

Chapter from the book Data Ethics – the New Competitive Advantage, published September 2016. “We’re concerned that the EC’s proposed data protection reforms will put European businesses at a competitive disadvantage in a global market, by placing restrictive controls and … 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

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