The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Meg Leta Jones

(Jan 20, 2017) In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Meg Leta Jones discusses her new book, "Cntrl + Z: The Right To Be Forgotten," and why she wrote it. She'll also talk about whether the U.S. should follow the EU’s lead in implementing the right to be forgotten, and whether that’s even possible, as well as her latest research on automation, which includes, among other questions, whether we should replace umpires with robots in baseball. Sure it would take away some human error, but would it also ta... Read More

The future of artificial intelligence becoming top of mind

(Jan 12, 2017) TechCrunch reports on a new $27 million fund designed to promote research into artificial intelligence in the public interest. The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund aims to support a "cross-section of AI ethics and governance projects and activities" in the U.S. and around the world. Meanwhile a supplementary paper from the World Economic Forum — which just released its Global Risks Report 2017 — raises concerns about weaponized AI, cyberattacks through internet-of-things dev... Read More

Child pornography case involving FBI, retailer raises privacy issues

(Jan 6, 2017) Fortune reports on an ongoing child pornography case involving a gynecologist, a Best Buy worker and the FBI. The Best Buy employee found evidence of child pornography on the computer of Dr. Mark Rettenmaier and subsequently turned it over to an FBI agent, who then used the evidence to obtain a warrant to find more illicit materials at the doctor’s home. Rettenmaier is fighting the charges, stating the FBI conducted an illegal search and claiming Best Buy employees acted as federal agents. A fed... Read More

Voice assistants, smart gadgets dominate CES 2017

(Jan 6, 2017) The annual Consumer Electronics Show is currently taking place in Las Vegas, as the massive tech event plans to build on its record breaking 177,393 attendees from last year. CES 2017 comes only months before the show’s 50th anniversary, when the first CES was held in New York City in June 1967. Back then, the hot products were pocket radios and TVs with integrated circuits. Needless to say, the technology this year has come a long way from the televisions of 1967. To get the most out of the of... Read More

Building privacy into artificial intelligence and automated systems

(Dec 22, 2016) The pervasiveness of and increasing authority vested in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems has created tremendous anxiety amongst the public. This has led to industry- and academic-based initiatives to address ethics in AI/AS through research and public engagement. The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems is one such initiative designed to support engineers and serve as a springboard for developing operatio... Read More

Brio on building privacy into AI and automated systems

(Dec 22, 2016) As the use and deployment of artificial intelligence and automated systems continues to grow, more industry- and academic-based initiatives are under way to ensure privacy and ethics are built into such systems. One such initiative has been undertaken by the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Last week, the IEEE Global Initiative released a version of its working reference. Sony PlayStation Privacy and Data Counsel A... Read More

Goodbye PIAs, hello CDIAs?

(Dec 20, 2016) Are you on board with data governance yet? Like “accountability” before it, “data governance” is a term catching on with regulators and maturing privacy programs to describe something that goes beyond compliance with current laws regulating the collection and use of personal data.  It is also the central tenet behind the Information Accountability Foundation’s Effective Data Protection Governance project, the latest piece of which has just been released. Perhaps the most apparent departure fro... Read More

Using big data, and privacy, to fight Zika

(Dec 15, 2016) This year, Unicef wanted to educate Brazilians on how to protect themselves against the Zika virus, which can particularly affect unborn children, resulting in birth defects affecting brain development. But what messages would resonate? Who’s talking about Zika and what are they saying? The humanitarian organization could have conducted a survey, but that costs money and consumes valuable time. So the organization turned to social media. “Because of the scale at which Facebook operates, we’re ab... Read More

Using big data to fight Zika

(Dec 15, 2016) Roughly 139 million of Brazil’s 210 million people use the internet on a monthly basis. Of those, 108 million are on Facebook. As a point of reference, just 43 million people in Brazil watched the World Cup in 2014. With that kind of ubiquity comes the ability to spread messages rapidly. This is, of course, the basis of Facebook’s business model, but it is also a power that Facebook intends to use for the public good. In fact, “we really believe that Facebook data can help people make informe... Read More