Study brings clarity to children's definition of 'creepy' tech

(May 21, 2019) New research from the University of Washington has offered a better sense of what children mean when they deem certain technology as "creepy," GeekWire reports. The study was based on the responses of 11 children, ranging from ages 7 to 11, who were asked to rank various tech products as "creepy," "not creepy" or "don't know." Devices that evoked thoughts of pain and/or divisiveness were most associated as creepy. The research also yielded a list of common tech properties that created fear among... Read More

White House announces campaign against social media 'bias'

(May 16, 2019) The Washington Post reports the Trump administration has announced a campaign that is asking citizens to speak up regarding any censorship by big tech firms, like Google, Facebook and Twitter. "The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online," the White House wrote in a tweet announcing the campaign. "No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!" The campaign aims to collect names, contact information ... Read More

Perspective: Content moderation in 2019

(May 13, 2019) Amid all the Active Learning Day programming during the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, the IAPP held its first-ever "Content Moderation in 2019" workshop, featuring keynotes and panelists from across the burgeoning content moderation profession. "While content moderation is getting more attention than ever before," the IAPP's Margaret Honda writes, "the panelists all agreed there is more work to be done organizationally to elevate it from a necessary evil to an integral part of a comp... Read More

France, India join global push to regulate big tech

(May 13, 2019) The Wall Street Journal reports both France and India are doing their parts in the global push to regulate big tech companies. The French government is giving its regulators free rein regarding the power to audit and punish social media companies for their failure to remove hateful content from their platforms. According to the French proposals, an independent regulator will be given the power to verify that companies have safeguards against the publication of hate speech. Meanwhile, India's com... Read More

Takeaways from the 'Content Moderation in 2019' workshop

(May 10, 2019) After months of planning, it’s hard to believe our “Content Moderation in 2019” workshop is in the rear-view mirror. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the conversations throughout the day. A special thank you to all our keynote speakers and panelists. Your contributions, insight and humor fostered a day full of constructive discussions.We covered a lot of ground in six hours. Our keynote speaker, Tarleton Gillespie, principal researcher at Microsoft New England and author of... Read More

Sri Lanka blocks use of social media sites

(Apr 23, 2019) Use of social-networking sites has been banned in Sri Lanka following recent suicide attacks that claimed at least 290 lives, The Washington Post reports. The blackout, which went into effect Sunday, has been a common practice by South Asian governments, according to the report, and is intended to cap misinformation across social media platforms. In a statement regarding the misinformation, Facebook said it is “working to support first responders and law enforcement as well as to identify and re... Read More

Podcast: NZ commissioner calls for post-terrorism reforms

(Apr 19, 2019) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he is frustrated with Facebook's res... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: NZ commissioner calls for post-terrorism reforms

(Apr 18, 2019) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he's frustrated with Facebook's resp... Read More

TikTok removed from Apple and Google app stores

(Apr 18, 2019) A court in India ruled the popular video social networking app TikTok could expose children to inappropriate content and should be blocked, CNN Business reports. As of Wednesday, the app was removed from downloading in Apple and Google app stores. TikTok has appealed the ruling, and a hearing is scheduled for next week. While India’s technology ministry did not respond for comment, TikTok said in a statement, "We have faith in the Indian judicial system and we are optimistic about an outcome tha... Read More

Ideological battle over how to control the internet ramps up in Southeast Asia

(Apr 17, 2019) With countries looking to preserve their regimes, Bloomberg reports that more and more are turning to China’s model of restrictive data practices on the internet, rather than embracing the free model approach championed by Silicon Valley. No area signifies the ideological battle over how to control the internet more than Southeast Asia, where U.S.-China tensions are expected to come to a head as the area is home to half a billion and is expected to triple its internet economy to $240 billion by ... Read More