that in a world which is increasingly online-first and where we risk the state disappearing behind a smartphone screen and automated decisions, that the principles of public life should be updated to put the need for humanity front and centre
that eliminating bias is the wrong goal. Bias exists in our society, some of that bias becomes encoded in data and technology. AI relies on the past to predict the future, but the past might not reflect the present let alone the world we want. We should build systems that take us towards the future we want, and that can adapt as things change
…to data regulation is more than just trying to avoid penalties, in fact it’s only a hygiene factor. Organisations that embrace the privacy legislation and use it as a means to improve the entire customer journey, will be the winners in the long term. Being compliant to regulations and transparent with how personal data is being used creates a trusted relationship with the consumer.
Anyone who wants a U.S. government agency making new rules for online speech needs to take a moment to think about exactly who would appoint that agency’s leader, and to what political ends they might seek to put it. If the answer is Trump, then leaving content moderation in the hands of private companies might start to look like the lesser of two evils.
It’s easy to forget when proposing noble-sounding government interventions that the government is run by people whose view of the problem might run counter to one’s own. While Democrats are urging social media platforms to ban white nationalists, Republicans are pressu…
…at privacy is becoming a luxury commodity, but that it’s considered a commodity in the first place. “The norm shouldn’t be that you have to protect it just like you have to put a wall around your house,” she says. “The house belongs to you. The information belongs to you, and they shouldn’t just take it at a whim.”
were c…were channeled through Facebook servers, generating yet more banks of consumer data in the process. Facebook wasn’t introducing people to an open internet — it was plundering the next data frontier in emerging markets outside the United States.
…rimination against low-income communities is nothing new, and neither is invasion of their privacy. Welfare claimants in the United States can be subjected to unannounced searches and interrogations, including invasive surveillance, urine-sample drug tests, and DNA testing of their children. The implication is that the poor are expected to give up their privacy to receive basic services. And the internet — despite promises of neutrality and equality — proves to be no refuge from this rule.
…not as a right, but as a luxury good. Privacy is an extra, something to be opted into and paid for. And those who keep using “free” advertising-supported platforms — because they don’t understand the risks of giving away personal data or can’t afford to pay extra for privacy — are finding themselves on the wrong side of the new digital divide.
…blem. These services reflect the increasing value of privacy, not as a right, but as a luxury good. Privacy is an extra, something to be opted into and paid for. And those who keep using “free” advertising-supported platforms — because they don’t understand the…