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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

Human rights are at stake when we cross a border

by Gemma Galdon Clavell, Eticas, Barcelona ANALYSIS: The human rights, civil liberties and societal implications of securing borders through data processing, mining and matching are receiving little consideration. Travellers give away their data and biometrics to authorities with little awareness … Read More

A call for a responsible use of data

by Anna Lykke Lundholm-Andersen Blog. For decades we have entrusted a data industry our personal information. That trust has been violated by the very same industry. Companies taking privacy protection seriously and valuing the trustful relation with their consumers will … Read More

Experts On The Pros & Cons of Algorithms

Research. As with everything else there are pros and cons when it comes to algorithms. Are the glass half-full or half empty? Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology experts, scholars, … 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

The Nascent Market for Privacy Tech

Analysis. Wire. Disconnect. Startpage. Protonmail. TomTom. HelloClue. These are all companies which can be categorized as part of a new and growing market for ‘Privacy Tech’ aimed at consumers. Data Gravity, Privacy Perfect, Privacy Cheq and One Trust are part … 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

Blockchain was hot in Davos

Blog. Blockchain, ethics and AI, robotics and ethics, and a human manifesto. These are some of the take aways DataEthics.eu took back from a week in January in Davos, where the global elite gathered for World Economic Forum 2017. “The … 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

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

View from Wire – A Privacy Tech Start-Up

Not only the address is cool: Rosenthaler Str 40 in Berlin, 6th floor overlooking Hackesche Markt. The product is just as cool: At secure privacy-enhancing messaging and ‘skype’ app called WIRE – free and user-friendly. For Wire, privacy was a … Read More

New Study: When Cool Becomes Creepy

Survey. A new survey from KMPG International investigates when cool become creepy? When does convenient turn into intrusive? Understanding consumers’ sensitivities around the use of their personal data is central to establishing and maintaining trust between consumer and company, KMPG … Read More

Japan Bets on Personal Data Stores

The Japanese Government has decided to test and promote the relatively new concept called Personal Data Stores, where individuals get control over their own data as opposed to the current digital infrastructure with huge data monopolies controlling most personal data. … 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

The MyData Movement is Unfolding

The ‘MyData Movement’ came off the ground this week in Helsinki. With the conference MyData2016 we are seeing the beginning of a paradigm shift, where corporate control of personal data will begin shifting to individual data control. ‘The Person is … 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

Tech Can Make or Break Media

News. The lines between tech companies and a media companies are blurring. Media companies rely more and more on tech companies for distribution. Tech giants do like politicians and turn away from critical questions from traditional media, and secretive tech … 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

Data Ethical Personalization

Blog. Danish companies want to offer more personalized advertising. They are asking for a revision of a payment services act, which is fair enough, as it will ensure fair competition with global services who can use our credit card data … Read More

Modern Alchemy: Solving the AI Mystery

Blog. “Algorithms you get me like no other”. A person is leaning into a hole in an otherwise empty plain wall. Outside is a big sky with billions of distant stars. “30 songs you didn’t know you loved yet”, continues … 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

Who Decides what Privacy is?

Analysis: What is privacy ? When companies and governments emphasize their special role as protectors of the right to privacy, one might be led to believe that we in society have a shared understanding of what privacy is. But although … 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

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

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

Ethical Challenges in Self-Driving Cars

Blog. How will self-driving cars change transportation and our cities, who is to blame in an accident, are they creepy or not. The newspaper Information hosted an exciting event at Science Day, 25.04.2016. Below are selected highlights. Mette Møller, DTU: … 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

Pay As You Behave is changing Insurance

Analysis. In both Europe and the US insurance companies have started calculating premiums according to how we behave. If we behave ‘properly’, we get a lower premium or even direct payment. It is a great advantage for many, especially the young … 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

Facial Recognition is “biased by design”

Google’s image recognition system that labels a picture of a pair of black friends as gorillas or an airport system that refuses to recognise a transgender person as female. Facial recognition systems are inherently biased, because they are often not … Read More

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