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AI ethics research conference suspends Google sponsorship by Khari Johnson (venturebeat.com)

The ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) decided to pause its sponsorship relationship with Google.

Officials in Baltimore and St. Louis Put the Brakes on Persistent Surveillance Systems Spy Planes by Nathan Sheard (eff.org)

Baltimore, MD and St. Louis, MO, have a lot in common. Both cities suffer from declining populations and high crime rates. In recent years, the predominantly Black population in each city has engaged in collective action opposing police violence. In recent weeks, officials in both cities voted...

Inside ‘TALON,’ the Nationwide Network of AI-Enabled Surveillance Cameras (vice.com)

Hundreds of pages of emails obtained by Motherboard show how little-known company Flock has expanded from surveilling individual neighborhoods into a network of smart cameras that spans the United States.

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web by David Temkin (blog.google)

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Introducing #NoMoreDataWeapons by Jamelle Watson-Daniels (blog.d4bl.org)

Data for Black Lives is launching #NoMoreDataWeapons. No more investing in Data Weapons, No more building new Data Weapons, No more disguising Data Weapons as legitimate and neutral.

Ontario’s plans for COVID-19 contact tracing wearable devices threaten freedom and privacy by Joe Masoodi (theconversation.com)

The government of Ontario’s announcement of funding of a wearable contact tracking device for workplaces raises concerns about privacy and surveillance.

Why Cornel West’s Tenure Fight Matters by Robin D. G. Kelley (bostonreview.net)

I wrote West’s hire and renewal letters for Harvard. The school’s administrators completely miss the point of tenure.

Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea by Bennett Cyphers (eff.org)

The third-party cookie is dying, and Google is trying to create its replacement. No one should mourn the death of the cookie as we know it. For more than two decades, the third-party cookie has been the lynchpin in a shadowy, seedy, multi-billion dollar advertising-surveillance industry on the Web..…

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: NT4T Panel Discussion ‘The University & the Surveillance State’. After registering, you will receive a confirmati... (oii.zoom.us)

What role does the University play in facilitating the establishment of the surveillance state? How does funding from military, defence, and corporate actors shape academic research, as well as legitimise state and business practices? How can technology researchers resist powerful actors co-opting t…

Technology is Enabling Surveillance, Inequality During the Pandemic (hrw.org)

In some respects, the Covid-19 pandemic affirmed technology’s indispensable role in our daily lives. But it also exposed and widened longstanding gaps in protecting human rights, both online and offline.

The Techlash Has Come to Stanford by April Glaser (slate.com)

Even in the famed computer science program, students are no longer sure they’d go to work for Facebook or Google.

Women’s Rights Online: closing the digital gender gap for a more equal world (webfoundation.org)

The internet has long been celebrated as a force for greater equality — breaking down barriers for those previously held back by their geography, wealth, race

Forget erasure: why blockchain is really incompatible with the GDPR by Elizabeth M. Renieris (medium.com)

Whether blockchain-based projects can comply with the GDPR is a question of much debate and controversy at present. Many projects make…

Protection des données : la France devant le Conseil d’Etat pour son partenariat avec Doctolib by Mathieu Pollet (euractiv.fr)

Le 8 mars prochain, le ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé devra défendre devant le Conseil d’Etat le choix d’intégrer la société Doctolib, qui utilise les services d’hébergement d’Amazon, à son système de prise de rendez-vous en ligne pour la vaccination contre la Covid-19.

South African WhatsApp users cannot be forced to accept new privacy policy – Regulator by Staff Writer (mybroadband.co.za)

The Information Regulator of South Africa said it has concerns about Facebook’s new WhatsApp privacy policy as it relates to local laws.

“BUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WITH CRYPTOART WILL BE SOLVED SOON, RIGHT?” by everest pipkin (medium.com)

Cryptocurrencies and NFTs are an absolute disaster for so many more reasons than the ecological.

Brave Is Launching a Privacy-First Search Engine to Take On Google by The A.V. Club (gizmodo.com)

There will be two options to choose from: a premium version, and a free one that aims to protect user privacy.

The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation. by Issie Lapowsky (protocol.com)

A new study shows that before and after the election, far-right misinformation pages drew more engagement than all other partisan news.

Subscribe to read by Javier Espinoza (ft.com)

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Virginia governor signs nation’s second state consumer privacy bill by Cat Zakrzewski (washingtonpost.com)

The legislation will allow residents of the commonwealth to opt out of having their data collected and sold. It goes into effect in 2023.

THE “SPOTIFY IS SURVEILLANCE” INTERVIEW by N. MALTE COLLINS (digboston.com)

“No one wants to live in a world where music is created to please a cold-blooded algorithm.”

Sign the Petition by No Tech For Tyrants started this petition to Google Research Leadership (change.org)

Stop the Tech-Talent Pipeline! #RecruitMeNot until Google meets accountability demands.

Duke University, Trinity College (academicjobsonline.org)

Full service online faculty recruitment site for academic institutions worldwide. We offer unique solutions tailored for academic communities.

Internet shutdown news and report: a year in the fight to #KeepItOn by btayeg (accessnow.org)

Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition reported on internet shutdown news with the data of the entire year of 2020.

Fake News Gets More Engagement on Facebook—But Only If It’s Right-Wing by Gilad Edelman (wired.com)

Far-right pages that publish misinformation get the most interactions by far compared to other news sources, new research shows.

“I Was Trying to Drag People Into Caring” (eventbrite.ca)

Governance, Diversity, and Controversy in Open Technology Projects

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem by Jason Aten (inc.com)

The popular new social media platform is scooping up more data than you might think.

Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism by By (nytimes.com)

It is the first time in Germany’s postwar history that a party represented in the federal Parliament has elicited this level of scrutiny as a potential threat to democracy.

Designed to Serve Mankind? The Politics of the GDPR as a Global Standard and the Limits of Privacy by Roxana Vatanparast :: SSRN by See all articles by Roxana Vatanparast (papers.ssrn.com)

Data collection and processing have been subject to considerable controversy in recent years, sparking many debates and governance projects. One such governance

German officials want emails, IMs tied to real-world ID (apnews.com)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany security officials are proposing that Internet companies should link a user’s real-world identity to all of their instant messages, emails and other online communication,...

One Label, One Billion Faces: Usage and Consistency of Racial Categories in Computer Vision by Zaid Khan (arxiv.org)

Computer vision is widely deployed, has highly visible, society altering applications, and documented problems with bias and representation. Datasets are critical for benchmarking progress in fair computer vision, and often employ broad racial categories as population groups for measuring group fair…

Kentucky mom alleges hospital workers missed her cancer — then covered up their mistake by Olivia Solon and Mike Hixenbaugh (nbcnews.com)

Kim Johnson is not only battling a deadly disease, but also a health system that went to extraordinary lengths to hide an error, her lawyers say.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers by Moises Velasquez-Manoff and Jeremy WhiteMarch 2, 2021 (nytimes.com)

A warming atmosphere is causing a branch of the ocean’s powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, some scientists fear.

Can Free Assembly Survive the Internet? by Lucy Bernholz (publicbooks.org)

When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.

Algorithms, Bias, and Housing (techequitycollaborative.org)

Technology has innovated nearly every aspect of our lives, but such innovation can have unexpected social and economic costs. Take algorithms into account. We have computers all around us predicting and calculating from what products we should buy to which candidate advances to the next hiring round…

How UCL’s groundbreaking AI research became entangled in Facebook’s net by Oscar Williams (newstatesman.com)

On 4 February 2019, Facebook confirmed it had quietly acquired a London-based start-up called Chainspace. With an impressive track-record in developing blockchain technology, the start-up was the work of a small team of academics in University College London’s (UCL) world-leading computer science de…

Danielle Wood, Katlyn Turner, and Catherine D’Ignazio on “State of AI Ethics” Panel by Catherine D’Ignazio (media.mit.edu)

Danielle Wood and Katlyn Turner of Space Enabled, along with their co-author, Catherine D’Ignazio, will speak at the State of AI Ethics Panel to discuss the ...

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2021 by The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz (pacscenter.stanford.edu)

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horiz…

PRH acquires Abdel-Magied nonfiction book | Books+Publishing (booksandpublishing.com.au)

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‘This has already taken far, far too long’: GOP aims to delay passage of covid relief bill by March 4, 2021 (msnbc.com)

Republicans are planning to use a number of procedural moves to delay the passage of the covid relief bill. Congresswoman Katie Porter says the process already has taken ‘far, far too long.’