Perspective: Should robots have rights?

(Oct 19, 2018) California recently passed Senate Bill 1001, which bars companies and people from using bots that intentionally mislead those they are talking to into thinking they are human. Putting aside the social and legal merits of this law, Bill 1001 implicates a hitherto-abstract, philosophical debate about when a simulation of intelligence crosses the line into sentience and becomes a true artificial intelligence. Depending upon where you draw the line, this law is either discrimination against another ... Read More

Should robots have rights?

(Oct 18, 2018) California recently passed Senate Bill 1001, which bars companies and people from using bots that intentionally mislead those they are talking to into thinking they are human.  Putting aside the  social and legal merits of this law, Bill 1001 implicates a hitherto-abstract, philosophical debate about when a simulation of intelligence crosses the line into sentience and becomes a true AI. Depending upon where you draw the line, this law is either discrimination against another form of sentient l... Read More

NIST launches development of 'privacy framework' in Austin

(Oct 17, 2018) On Tuesday, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated its process for the development of a privacy framework to a room full of privacy professionals here in Austin, Texas. The first in a series of public workshops, officials from NIST described the framework as a "voluntary enterprise risk-management tool." In addition to laying out its goals for the project, NIST facilitated a robust and interactive conversation among a wide swath of industry stakeholders and privacy pro... Read More

Perspective: The periodic table of data privacy

(Oct 16, 2018) The speed at which data privacy is spreading and evolving around the world is undeniable. It is "rapidly reaching more and more countries, industries and legislative bodies," but, at the same time, "it remains an incredibly fluid and confusing area," Calligo Director of Privacy Services Sophie Chase-Borthwick writes. To help flesh out some of the building blocks of data privacy, Chase-Borthwick, in this post for Privacy Perspectives, describes how she and her team have built their "periodic tabl... Read More

Op-ed: How the 'internet of bodies' could be perilous

(Oct 16, 2018) In a column for The Washington Post, Mary Lee, a mathematician for the RAND Corporation, warns that "the line between human and machine is blurring — and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights." This wave of new health care technology will essentially connect the human body to the internet. She notes, "If retroactive privacy laws for the internet have taught us anything, we should consider establishing rules to govern the legal, privacy and ethical issues that are already... Read More

International conference to include focus on data ethics

(Oct 12, 2018) The public session of this year’s International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners will focus on stimulating a discussion of data ethics, according to European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. He writes, “Everywhere, the digital dividend between those who benefit from technology and those who are harmed by it seems to be increasingly unfair.” Buttarelli said that by discussing ethics in the digital age, it will help to ensure that “human beings, not technology... Read More

The problem with finding a solution for algorithm transparency

(Oct 12, 2018) Wired reports that while algorithms may be increasingly responsible for making decisions that impact people’s daily lives, they are not bound by any obligation to explain results. To combat bias and “black box” algorithms, many have called for increased transparency and accountability. The problem is that not everyone can agree on a common standard. The article states, “By and large, lawmakers haven’t decided what rights citizens should have when it comes to transparency in algorithmic decision-... Read More

Book examines importance of ethics in data management

(Oct 2, 2018) In an interview with the American Library Association, Norman Mooradian discusses his new book, "Ethics for Records and Information Management," and how his career in academia and the information technology field has shaped his approach to the subject. Mooradian said, “In my last chapter, I provide a characterization of information governance and describe its intrinsic relation to ethics. Despite this momentum, the profession has not directly addressed ethics as fully as it might have. As I argu... Read More

EDPS highlights upcoming ICDPPC

(Sep 28, 2018) The European Data Protection Supervisor highlights its upcoming 2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in its latest newsletter. The EDPS states this year’s conference will focus on digital ethics, delving into why digital ethics are important, examining the risks and challenges in the digital age, and the ways organizations use technology to monitor and influence behavior. The 40th conference will feature representatives from the European Union, Silicon Valle... Read More

Researchers argue 'smart' pills pose greater risk than reward

(Sep 28, 2018) Despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a digital-ingestion-tracking-system drug in 2017, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago caution that it is premature for providers to use such "smart" pills in clinical settings, Health Data Management reports. The researchers state there is no evidence that such technology is beneficial to patients, and, instead, they argue it poses a danger to the patient-provider relationship. In a paper published in "The American Jour... Read More