What does it mean to be a chief data ethics officer?

(Dec 7, 2018) Data ethics have become part of a global conversation among privacy professionals, receiving unprecedented attention worldwide. In fact, it was the theme of the international commissioner’s conference in October. While companies amass data on consumers worldwide, a recurring issue is how that data is analyzed and utilized to drive innovation. One company that seems to be taking the cue is Acxiom, a database marketing company. In this article for The Privacy Advisor, Molly Hulefeld spoke to Acxio... Read More

How to build an ethics strategy

(Dec 7, 2018) In a blog post, ClearOPS writes on the importance of incorporating ethics into the artificial intelligence strategy and recommends steps for how to build out an ethics strategy. The post states that mapping ethical principles to a company’s core values is a great starting point and adds additional ways for a company to ensure it follows the strategy set forth. “Building an ethics strategy and program into A.I. companies is not easy, but it is time and money well spent and I hope that you, the em... Read More

Cutting: Why regulation is needed to address data privacy and ethics

(Dec 4, 2018) In an interview with InformationWeek, Doug Cutting, Cloudera chief architect and creator of Hadoop, spoke about how he thinks regulation can help address the privacy and ethical concerns that arise from the use of data. Pointing to how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration introduced regulations to address food safety fears, Cutting said regulations are now needed to quell data privacy concerns in the use of big data. "We've industrialized data," he said. "It's becoming the blood of our commerce... Read More

How AI is impacting the babysitter business

(Dec 4, 2018) An article for The Washington Post looks at how parents are turning to artificial intelligence in order to find the perfect babysitter. Predictim, an online service that uses “advanced artificial intelligence” to screen babysitter candidates, provides a “risk rating” for how likely the candidate is to abuse drugs, bully or have a “bad attitude.” Center for Digital Democracy Executive Director Jeff Chester noted a “mad rush to seize the power of AI to make all kinds of decisions without ensuring ... Read More

Should we create a certification for AI ethics? Can we?

(Dec 3, 2018) What does it mean to certify AI ethics? Should one certify AI ethics? These are the key questions in a debate taking place under the auspices of the IEEE Standards Association that aims to address ethical issues relating to the creation of autonomous and intelligent systems. The IEEE this year launched an "industry connections program" called the Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. The idea is to create a series of set processes with which companies can comply in... Read More

Employees voice opposition to Google's Dragonfly project

(Dec 3, 2018) Gizmodo reports that more than 600 Google employees have signed a letter of opposition to the company’s controversial Dragonfly project, which aims to create a censored search product for China. In the letter, the employees wrote, “Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” adding that the project “would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it h... Read More

What is a chief data ethics officer, anyway?

(Nov 27, 2018) Privacy professionals find themselves in an age where data ethics have become part of the global conversation, receiving unprecedented attention worldwide. Just last month, the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners focused on debating ethics with its theme, “Dignity and Respect in a Data Driven Life." While companies amass data on consumers worldwide, a recurring issue involves how that data is analyzed and utilized to drive innovation. One company that seems... Read More

Should we create a certification for AI ethics?

(Nov 27, 2018) What does it mean to certify artificial intelligence ethics? Should one certify AI ethics? These are the key questions in a debate around projects, taking place under the auspices of the IEEE Standards Association, that aim to address ethical issues relating to the creation of autonomous and intelligent systems. The IEEE Standards Association marshals the creation of technical standards for things like wireless communications and software validation. It doesn't initiate standards projects on it... Read More

The importance of trust in the digital age

(Nov 19, 2018) In an article for CMSWire, InterSystems Data Protection Officer Ken Mortensen, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, PLS, writes on the importance of trust in the digital age. Pointing to a recent IBM study that found only 20 percent of U.S. consumers “completely trust” organizations when it comes to data protection and privacy, Mortensen says that for organizations, trust can be leveraged to both unlock the benefits of data analytics while also fostering strong consumer relations. He writes, “Brands need to e... Read More

Perspective: How proper data can reduce algorithmic discrimination

(Nov 16, 2018) Self-learning algorithms are deployed in countless products and services throughout the digital ecosystem, but there have been lots of instances where those algorithms exacerbate discrimination. However, Lokke Moerel, Morrison & Foerster senior of counsel and Tilburg University professor, notes, "If self-learning algorithms discriminate, it is not because there is an error in the algorithm, but because the data used to train the algorithm are 'biased.' ... It is only when you know which data... Read More