UK parliamentarians seek public input on ethical impact of AI

(Jul 20, 2017) A committee in the U.K.'s House of Lords is seeking contributions for its inquiry into socioeconomic and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence technology, TechCrunch reports. The committee is considering a host of questions, including how the public can be best prepared for more widespread use of the tech, who gains the most and least, what key industry sectors stand to benefit from its use, and whether it should be regulated. The committee says it wants to find "pragmatic solutions to the ... Read More

AI Now launches initiative to address biased algorithms

(Jul 14, 2017) MIT Technology Review announced that AI Now has plans to tackle biased algorithms, something that is seen by many as a major societal issue associated with the development of AI and machine learning. AI Now launched this initiative with the goal of identifying and highlighting such bias, particularly since bias could have negative consequences for minorities and disadvantaged communities. Together with the American Civil Liberties Union, a group of researchers will work to understand the impact ... Read More

Buttarelli, Karadjov to host 40th annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

(Jul 13, 2017) European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli announced he will host the 40th annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners with Chairman of the Commission for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Bulgaria Ventislav Karadjov. When the event takes place in October 2018, it will mark the first time the conference has been hosted by an EU institution. “With the 2018 conference, we intend to examine the ethical principles that can help sustain digital ... Read More

Why Dipayan Ghosh wants to become an 'algorithmic ethicist'

(Jul 11, 2017) Dipayan Ghosh, a fellow on New America’s Public Interest Technology team, recently spoke with Multichannel News about his role as a technology policy advisor during the Obama administration, his move to Facebook, how game theory could foster a marketplace model for privacy, and why he would like to be an "algorithmic ethicist." A computer scientist by training, Ghosh now finds himself focusing on "the intersection of privacy and civil rights, how privacy and anti-discrimination policy can be inc... Read More

Op-Ed: NGOs often do not have data protection protocols in place

(Jun 29, 2017) The Guardian features an Op-Ed by a "Secret Aid Worker" on the lack of data protection protocols within nongovernmental organizations. While some organizations lack the technical knowledge to make data protection a priority, others believe their beneficiaries will not care or do not know about the importance of data protection, the worker writes, noting NGOs have been known to have highly sensitive data emailed to staff members without encryption and store personally identifiable data in their c... Read More

DGA releases Code of Practice draft for data use

(Jun 22, 2017) Data Governance Australia has released a Code of Practice draft for public consultation designed to set industry standards for collecting, using, managing and disclosing data, ZDNet reports. The draft code focuses on ensuring “no harm” is done to the customers by taking the proper steps to make sure data cannot be re-identified and for companies not to use data for unethical purposes. The second principle in draft code focuses on data transparency. “Organisations must be clear and upfront about ... Read More

Uber executive fired for obtaining victim's medical records

(Jun 8, 2017) Recode reports a high-level Uber executive, Eric Alexander, has been fired for illicitly obtaining the personal medical records of a woman who had been raped by an Uber driver in India. Perkins Coie and Covington & Burling have been conducting investigations into "widespread mismanagement issues" and "allegations of pervasive sexism and sexual harassment" at Uber, the report states, and at least 20 employees have been fired. "Alexander had not been among those fired, Uber said ... when asked... Read More

Facebook announces plans to help during disaster response

(Jun 7, 2017) Building on the kind of humanitarian work Facebook completed with Unicef, looking at combating the Zika virus, the social media giant announced today a new widespread effort to provide maps following disasters that leverage aggregated and deidentified user data to help with disaster response. Working with Unicef, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and others, Facebook has created location density maps, movement maps and safety check maps to provide aid work... Read More

Stanford initiates Digital Impact world tour

(Jun 6, 2017) The Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is researching the implications for global civil society by initiating a world tour "to build a universal framework for civil society to use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively." The Digital Impact tour is hosted by Lucy Bernholz and Andrew Means and will circulate to at least a dozen cities around the world. "Through the Digital Impact tour the Lab will learn directly from you — leaders of non... Read More

British standards group eyes ethical data use

(Jun 1, 2017) In May, BSI Group, the national standards body for the U.K., held its most recent workshop looking at the development of standards around the use of big data. Privacy pros may find the group’s work particularly relevant as BSI approaches guidance, in particular, for the terms and conditions organizations would use to obtain and use data, as well as a code of practice for the ethical use of data. For the former, there is now a draft standard scope that will be working its way through the BSI proc... Read More