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Who cares about privacy? Not Facebook users, says Antonio García-Martínez. by Eric Johnson (vox.com)

The “Chaos Monkeys” author, who helped Facebook develop its ad-targeting system, busts some myths on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.

How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body (vice.com)

Decades before ‘Zoom fatigue’ broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind.

New Open Source Project Automates Data Deletion Requests by Email (digital-lab-wp.consumerreports.org)

Although the CCPA is supposed to make it easy for California residents to opt out of companies sharing or selling their data, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. California residents have come across roadblocks, such as companies lacking links to tell companies “do not sell my data,” even though they…

Mauritius must backflip on dangerous ICT Act consultation paper, place human rights at its core (accessnow.org)

Access Now and a coalition of NGOs are calling on authorities in Mauritius to review the proposed ICT Act amendments to ensure human rights are at its core.

Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into “misogynistic” new hire by Zoe Schiffer (theverge.com)

In the petition, the employees expressed concern about the views Antonio García Martínez expressed in his book Chaos Monkeys.

Fix Section 230 and hold tech companies to account by Danielle K. Citron (wired.co.uk)

Making social media sites act on content such as nonconsensual porn and violent conspiracies would make the internet more equal and free

Privacy win for 350,000 people in São Paulo: court bans facial recognition cameras in metro (accessnow.org)

In a win for privacy, the Court of Justice of São Paulo blocks facial recognition on a public transport route. On May 7, judge Patrícia Martins ordered ViaQuatro, a concessionary of the São Paulo metro, not to capture images, sound, or any other personal data of everyday commuters through cameras or…

Police Scorecard by CampaignZero (policescorecard.org)

The Police Scorecard evaluates police departments based on quantitative data on arrests, use of force, accountability and other policing issues to make progress towards more just and equitable policing outcomes.

Building public confidence in data-driven systems by Elliot Jones (adalovelaceinstitute.org)

Findings of the Office for Statistics Regulation review into the 2020 exam results algorithm, and why public confidence in data-driven systems matters

Get help with signing up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit! (ebbhelp.org)

Direct payment towards your internet bills during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Vacaturedetails (ru.nl)

Vacatures van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

TNR Live: Privacy and Technology After Covid (youtube.com)

While the pandemic is not yet over, the coronavirus has produced some notable changes in our relationship to technology, particularly around issues of privac...

Vacaturedetails (ru.nl)

Vacatures van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: International Trade Agreements and Cross-Border Data Flows. After registering, you will receive a confirmation em... (us02web.zoom.us)

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: International Trade Agreements and Cross-Border Data Flows. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Talking to Kids About Privacy (eventbrite.com)

Future of Privacy Forum & Common Sense Media: Talking to Kids About Privacy

The Ninth Circuit’s Confusing Ruling Over Snapchat’s Speed Filter-Lemmon v. Snap by Eric Goldman (blog.ericgoldman.org)

This is a tricky opinion to decipher. This opinion might say that Section 230 categorically doesn’t apply if the plaintiff claims an Internet service is defectively designed. That reading would largely reject the important First Circuit Doe v. Backpage ruling...

#HoldTheLine: Maria Ressa talks to journalist Carole Cadwalladr (rappler.com)

In this interview with Maria Ressa, Carole Cadwalladr reflects on her life as a journalist and how it all comes together in her mission to hold power to account

Subscribe to read by Madhumita Murgia (ft.com)

News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication

Will New Privacy Changes Protect Census Data or Make Things Worse? by Todd Feathers (themarkup.org)

The U.S. Census Bureau is undertaking a privacy overhaul. It’s not going well

Higher Education Institutions created a playbook for integrating ethics into computing curricula by Mozilla | May 12, 2021 (foundation.mozilla.org)

An inaugural cohort of twenty-two colleges and universities have come together in collaboration to create a playbook with lessons learned on how schools can update computing curricula to help students bring ethics and a holistic view of society to the design of technology products.

Join - Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) (citap.unc.edu)

Call for CITAP Faculty & Graduate Student Affiliates The Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP) is accepting applications for both Faculty and Graduate Student Affiliates for the 2021-2022 academic year. Affiliates can come from a broad range of … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program (law.unc.edu)

The Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program provides multidisciplinary, ethics-focused, research training for law students and others interested in a career in law and technology, whether in industry, corporate practice, policy-making/legislation, ...

ICRC position on autonomous weapon systems (icrc.org)

With a view to supporting current efforts to establish internationally agreed limits on autonomous weapon systems to address the concern they raise, ICRC recommends that States adopt new legally binding rules.

Japan’s Rikunabi Scandal Shows The Dangers of Privacy Law Loopholes by Katitza Rodriguez, Bennett Cyphers, and Hinako Sugiyama (eff.org)

Technology users around the world are increasingly concerned, and rightly so, about protecting their data. But many are unaware of exactly how their data is being collected and would be shocked to learn of the scope and implications of mass consumer data collection by technology companies. For...

China launches data privacy rules for smart cars by Zeyi Yang (protocol.com)

On Wednesday, the Cyberspace Administration of China released a draft regulation on automobile data security. The new rules, still seeking public comment before becoming official, focus on the protection of both personal information and “important data,” meaning data relevant to national security in…

Work from Home & Productivity: Evidence from Personnel & Analytics Data on IT Professionals (bfi.uchicago.edu)

Using personnel and analytics data from over 10,000 skilled professionals at a large Asian IT services company, we compare productivity before and during the work from home [WFH]...

Draft Online Safety Bill by Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (gov.uk)

The draft Online Safety Bill establishes a new regulatory framework to tackle harmful content online.

Assembly Project Fellowship Showcase by Sarah Newman (cyber.harvard.edu)

An inside look at the work of the 2021 Assembly Fellows on Disinformation, Privacy, and Ethical AI

What is an “algorithm”? It depends whom you ask by Kristian Lum (technologyreview.com)

For better accountability, we should shift the focus from the design of these systems to their impact.

Nobody’s allowing Facebook to track them. So what now? by David Pierce (protocol.com)

Your five-minute guide to what’s happening in tech this Wednesday, from the early data that shows Apple’s tracking popups are a nightmare for Facebook to the “what’s a game” debate that has defined Epic v. Apple.

Checkpoints for vaccine passports (adalovelaceinstitute.org)

Executive summary of a report outlining the requirements for a socially beneficial vaccine passport system

Subscribe to read by Madhumita Murgia (ft.com)

News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication

Gig-economy riders in Spain must become staff within 90 days under new rule by Joan Faus,Belén Carreño (reuters.com)

Food delivery companies based in Spain have three months to employ their couriers as staff under new rules approved on Tuesday by the government, one of the first laws in Europe regarding gig-economy workers’ rights.

CPD launched secret drone program with off-the-books cash by Tom Schuba (chicago.suntimes.com)

In an email last summer, a police official reported that its counter-terrorism bureau started a pilot drone program using forfeiture proceeds — money and other assets seized in connection to criminal investigations.

We Need to Talk About What It Means to Be ‘White-Adjacent’ in Tech by Ellen K. Pao (stopasianhate.medium.com)

Privileged, yet excluded. Activists Ellen Pao and Tracy Chou explain the double-edged sword — and how to use it in the fight against…

CKS: Design, Human Rights, and Harm (digitalrights.formstack.com)

Formstack Form - CKS: Design, Human Rights, and Harm

The emotion business: who’s cashing in on your emotions (ig.ft.com)

In this interactive experience, we tested out the technology that tracks facial expressions — and it’s pretty problematic.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: What are Data Capitalism and Algorithmic Racism?. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about... (zoom.us)

Later this month Demos and Data for Black Lives will release a groundbreaking new report addressing data capitalism and offering solutions that build power for Black and brown communities. In the age of “big data” and surveillance, we need to be concerned about more than just personal privacy. Join …

Identidad digital en el Centro de América by Ipandetec (ipandetec.org)

Lanzamiento de estudio de identidad digital en tres países de Centroamérica y el manejo gubernamental durante la pandemia

Digital Rights Foundation (digitalrightsfoundation.pk)

Digital Rights Foundation is registered research based advoacy NGO focusing on ICTs to support Human Rights, democratic processes and digital governance

services_list_public (docs.google.com)

Our Top Choices service_name_cleaned,category,top_choice,privacy_dept_contact_email,sensitivity (how bad would it be if there was an accidental delete),firstname,lastname,email,full_address,city,state,zip,country,dob,age,phone_num,cc_last4,device_ad_id,twitter_handle,link_to_profile 700credit,da...

Article 49 Derogations — Summary Table with Examples by Antonia Boyce (iapp.org)

There are specific recitals that relate to the derogations in Article 49, as well as detailed guidance from the EDPB. Before attempting to rely on the derogations, organizations need to be aware of these additional considerations. This table summarizes this material so readers can see at a glance...

U.S. lawmakers vote to send Lina Khan nomination to full Senate by Reuters (reuters.com)

The Senate Commerce Committee approved Lina Khan’s nomination to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in a voice vote on Wednesday, setting the stage for an advocate of breaking up tech giants like Google (GOOGL.O) to join the agency.

The past, present, and future of digital privacy for youth and children: Part II by Leslie Regan Shade, Monica Jean Henderson, Katie Mackinnon (srinstitute.utoronto.ca)

In the second of two blog posts, the authors explore research on children’s and youth’s experiences of the online space, their unique needs for privacy protections, and how their conceptions of digital tools and the corporations that make them might be better informed through digital literacy educat

EPIC by Electronic Privacy Information Center (epic.org)

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties, privacy, First Amendment issues and works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet.

The Blue Check Mark’s Evil Cousin by Will Oremus (theatlantic.com)

On Clubhouse, a black badge was meant to identify trolls. It’s become an emblem of the app’s dysfunctional moderation system.

Emergency Broadband Benefit (fcc.gov)

Congress has tasked the FCC with developing a new $3.2 billion program to help U.S. households that are struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To pa…

Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple by By (nytimes.com)

Federal agents descended on the massive temple in Robbinsville, N.J., as a lawsuit claimed low-caste men had been lured from India to work for about $1 an hour.

In Iraq, powerful militias assassinate protesters with impunity by Louisa Loveluck, Mustafa Salim (washingtonpost.com)

The killings take place in public, but no prosecutions follow. Activists blame groups linked to Iran.

Mellon and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund Announce Letras Boricuas - A New Fellowship Aimed at Supporting Puerto Rican Writers Across Genres by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (mellon.org)

Newly created fellowship provides $25,000 unrestricted grant to emerging and established writers In Puerto Rico and across the US diaspora.

Traumatized Facebook Moderators Told to Suck It Up and Try Karaoke (vice.com)

“You don’t always feel like singing, frankly, after you’ve seen someone being battered to bits.”

Afterpay and Klarna changed retail. Health care and rent are next. by Terry Nguyen (vox.com)

Thanks to Afterpay and Klarna, it’s easier than ever to buy in installments. Now, the model is coming for necessities.

End the silence around the Apartheid State by WHRDMENA (whrdmena.org)

End the silence around the Apartheid State The regional coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is calling on all feminist, women’s rights, and human rights organizations for broader and louder solidarity campaigns, actions with mass protests, th…

The epidemiological impact of the NHS COVID-19 App by Chris Wymant (nature.com)

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen digital contact tracing emerge around the world to help prevent spread of the disease. A mobile phone app records proximity events between app users, and when a user tests positive for COVID-19, their recent contacts can be notified instantly. Theoretical evidence has …

Lina Khan, a tech critic, is approved by a Senate committee for the F.T.C. by — (nytimes.com)

Panic buying worsens gas shortages throughout the Southeast as officials ask for calm..

‘Coded Bias’ Is the Most Important Film About AI You Can Watch Today (vice.com)

The new documentary is an essential introduction to algorithmic bias—and the systems that gave rise to it.

CPD launched secret drone program with off-the-books cash by Tom Schuba (chicago.suntimes.com)

In an email last summer, a police official reported that its counter-terrorism bureau started a pilot drone program using forfeiture proceeds — money and other assets seized in connection to criminal investigations.

Fact-checking Modi’s post-truth India by Sonia Faleiro (restofworld.org)

As the pandemic rages in India, these fact-checkers say the prime minister’s brand of misinformation is to blame.

RightsCon Online 2021 (rightscon.summit.tc)

Registration for the 10th edition of RightsCon (June 7-11, 2021), the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age is currently open. We’ve extended the deadline for tickets at regular pricing until May 7, 2021.From Monday June 7, 2021 to Friday, June 11, 2021, RightsCon will take place…

Framers: The power of mental models to make better decisions (framers-book.com)

Discover how to harness mental models to make better decisions. Get the brilliant new book to improve your life, work and society

Stop Funding Heat - Stop Funding Heat - Facebook Spreading Climate Denial and Misinformation (stopfundingheat.info)

Facebook is contributing to climate change and the climate crisis by spreading climate denial and climate misinformation

Finance Giant Plaid Paid People $500 for their Employer Payroll Logins by Joseph Cox (vice.com)

The offer was part of an internal test at Plaid. If peoples’ employers didn’t provide permission, Plaid may run afoul of U.S. hacking laws.

Civil society won’t back down: the fight for net neutrality continues in California (accessnow.org)

Access Now and civil society partners filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit supporting California’s robust net neutrality law, SB 822.

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report by DAKE KANG (apnews.com)

BEIJING (AP) — Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank...

Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity programs by April Glaser (nbcnews.com)

One well-liked diversity training program at Google called Sojourn was cut entirely, according to seven former and current employees.

Get help with signing up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit! (ebbhelp.org)

Direct payment towards your internet bills during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dangerous eBay listings can be removed by regulators by BBC News (bbc.com)

A new set of tools will let some regulators pull items from sale on eBay without company approval.

Measuring Model Biases in the Absence of Ground Truth by Osman Aka (arxiv.org)

The measurement of bias in machine learning often focuses on model performance across identity subgroups (such as man and woman) with respect to groundtruth labels. However, these methods do not directly measure the associations that a model may have learned, for example between labels and identity …

Apps that help parents protect kids from cybercrime may be unsafe too by Luci Pangrazio (blogs.lse.ac.uk)

Children, like adults, are spending more time online. At home and school pre-schoolers now use an array of apps and platforms to learn, play and be entertained. While there are reported benefits, i…

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: S.T.O.P. x RadTech: Carceral Technologies & Imprisonment Remarketed. After registering, you will receive a confir... (us02web.zoom.us)

This session, we examine the ways technology recreates carceral systems beyond the borders of jails and prisons. These technologies include ankle shackles monitoring location and BAC, voice verification, and facial recognition check-ins. Often marketed as bold reforms, these technologies are violent…

Stop Facebook, Save Whatsapp (savewhatsapp.org)

Mark Zuckerberg is lying to you. It’s time to stop his corporate abuse and save WhatsApp for all.

States Can’t Control the Narrative on Israel-Palestine Anymore by Murtaza Hussain (theintercept.com)

Since the first two Palestinian intifadas, camera phones and social media have changed the landscape of global outrage.

Following Google, more businesses will be ‘obligated’ to implement 2FA by Shruti Shekar (androidcentral.com)

Experts say more companies will start to implement two-factor authentication but there are still some challenges that prevent them from doing so.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert Slams U.S. Post Office for ‘Spying’ on Americans by Simone Carter (dallasobserver.com)

Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert condemned the U.S. Postal Service for monitoring Americans’ social media activity.

The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons by Will Knight (wired.com)

Drills involving swarms of drones raise questions about whether machines could outperform a human operator in complex scenarios.

#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians during the Coronavirus Pandemic - حملة by Nadsoft (7amleh.org)

On Monday, 10 May 2021, 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launched its annual report on Palestinian digital rights, entitled “#Hashtag Palestine 2020.” The report details violations that took place in 2020, and specifically during the coronavirus pandemic, by authorities, …

if ( gender == “female” && married == True && age >=30 ) { hasChildren = True; } by edent (shkspr.mobi)

Marketing really is crap. Recently, SE Railways sent this piece of email drivel to my wife: We don’t have any kids, thankfully – and are not having any in the future. My wife was litera…

Instagram, Twitter blame glitches for deleting Palestinian posts by Maya Gebeily (reuters.com)

Instagram and Twitter have blamed technical errors for deleting posts mentioning the possible eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, but data rights groups fear “discriminatory” algorithms are at work and want greater transparency.

Testifying at the Senate about A.I.‑Selected Content on the Internet—Stephen Wolfram Writings by william ford (writings.stephenwolfram.com)

Stephen Wolfram’s written testimony to the US Senate regarding algorithm transparency. He explains some of the complex intellectual and scientific problems involved, then offers two possible suggestions for paths forward.

WhatsApp will gradually stop you calling or messaging contacts if you don’t agree to its new privacy policy by Anna Cooban (businessinsider.com)

The WhatsApp privacy policy was delayed over confusion about whether users would share more data with Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company.

Borderless Repression: The Reach of the Rwandan State (eventbrite.com)

Freedom House invites you to a virtual event about Rwanda’s authoritarian regime and its violent campaign of transnational repression.

Peter Maurer: “We must decide what role we want human beings to play in life-and-death decisions during armed conflicts” (icrc.org)

Speech given by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), during a virtual briefing on the new ICRC position on autonomous weapon systems.

Toggles, Dollar Signs, and Triangles: How to (In)Effectively Convey Privacy Choices (youtube.com)

Toggles, Dollar Signs, and Triangles: How to (In)Effectively Convey Privacy ChoicesHana Habib, Yixin Zou, Yaxing Yao, Alessandro Acquisti, Lorrie Cranor, Joe...

2020 Philosophy Essay Prize Winners (royalinstitutephilosophy.org)

We’re delighted to announce the outcome of the 2020 Philosophy essay prize. The winning entries are Lucy McDonald’s ‘Please Like This Paper’ and Nikhil Venkatesh’s Surveillance Capitalism: a Marx-inspired Account’. The papers will be published in the July issues of Philosophy. The topic for this yea…

Outsourcing Privacy by Ari Ezra Waldman :: SSRN by See all articles by Ari Ezra Waldman (papers.ssrn.com)

An underappreciated part of the narrative of privacy managerialism—and the focus of this Essay—is the information industry’s increasing tendency to outsource pr

Work Isn’t Fulfilling Because Capitalism Is a Death March by Kelly Hayes (truthout.org)

We live in a system that conditions us to celebrate each other for sacrificing ourselves to work.

Ethereum Creator, Vitalik Buterin, Donates Over $1B to India COVID Relief by Luke Conway (thestreet.com)

Vitalik Buterin has sent massive quantities of “meme coins” that were gifted to him to a number of charities. While the move was exceptionally generous, he

Beeck Center Office Hours by Follow (smore.com)

Beeck Center Office Hours CfA Summit: Reserve time with a public interest tech expert!

German regulator bans Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data by Reuters (reuters.com)

Germany’s lead data protection regulator for Facebook (FB.O) is banning the social network from processing personal data from WhatsApp users because it views the messaging app’s new terms of use as illegal, it said on Tuesday.

Education data: what’s the problem?| Digital Futures Commision (digitalfuturescommission.org.uk)

How can schools make good decisions about EdTech and the data it collects? Sonia Livingstone and Kruakae Pothong interviewed Ben Williamson about the growing influence of Big Tech in public education systems, and how this has been accelerated by the move to remote learning during COVID-19. Sonia: We…

Moya Bailey, “Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance” (eventbrite.com)

Explores how Black women reimagine the world by engaging in digital resistance to anti-Black misogyny on social media.

Ideas | Mauritius’s slow slide into authoritarianism by Ariel Saramandi (restofworld.org)

This new social media law in Mauritius could land users in prison for “annoyance.”

Canadian content creators feel left in the dark as Ottawa hits pause on proposed new internet law by Celina Gallardo (thestar.com)

While politicians have said the regulations will only be about “professional” content, creators argue what they do is professional, and wonder how Bil...

Twitter Rolls Out Hashtag to Save Local Journalism by Jessica Blatt (voanews.com)

Hundreds of cities across the United States have lost their local newspapers in the past decade, cutting off readers from quality journalism focused on issues specific to their region. The spread of so-called “news deserts” came at the same time social media became a popular way to access informat…

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Humanizing Hiring. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. (zoom.us)

Humanizing Hiring, a webinar series with leaders in Recruiting and HR at top companies, sharing their insights on how to make the hiring process more human. Every month we will discuss topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, talent evaluation, candidate experience, retention and more. These c…

The Feds Are Watching: A History of Resisting Anti-Black Surveillance by Simone Browne (level.medium.com)

More than a century of countersurveillance methods emphasizes the importance of abolition

New Laws of Robotics — Frank Pasquale (hup.harvard.edu)

Artificial intelligence threatens to disrupt the professions as it has manufacturing. Frank Pasquale argues that law and policy can avert this outcome and promote better ones: instead of replacing humans, technology can make our labor more valuable. Through regulation, we can ensure that AI promotes…

The Reckoning At The Appeal Was A Long Time Coming by Laura Wagner (defector.com)

What’s played out at The Appeal in the last few days is nothing short of a drastic reversal of power, sparked by fed-up staffers’ demands for protections, transparency, and accountability. A non-profit that for years largely answered only to Rob Smith is suddenly being forced to answer to the dozens…

Fast food and soft drink advertising contributes to childhood obesity by Sabrina Sanchez (campaignlive.com)

Advocacy groups and government representatives seek to bolster child-privacy legislation.

I Was a Facebook Content Moderator. I Quit in Disgust. by Josh Sklar (newrepublic.com)

Facebook is driving content moderators toward despair through mismanagement, vague policies, and overwork. I’d had enough.

Google Plans to Double AI Ethics Research Staff by Tripp Mickle (wsj.com)

Vice President of Engineering Marian Croak also said CEO Sundar Pichai has committed to boost the budget of a team tasked with evaluating code and product to avert harm, discrimination and other problems with AI.