Hindu nationalists have used social networks to whip up sectarian tempers against India’s Muslims for years. The Covid-19 infodemic is making this worse. As long as platform algorithms incentivize disinformation, no amount of fact-checking will solve the problem.
New data technologies offer governments great potential for the benefit of development and bring representational opportunities for marginalized communities. But where do legitimate actions in the name of National Security reasons start and human rights end?
The intention with this post is to collect all relevant evidence regarding where humanity has ended up today when it comes to Big Data and artificial intelligence, understand rather those innovations serve humanity equally and what are the potential danger to keep in mind and try to prevent. As well as to leave some basis for further discussion and research for anyone interested in the same theme.
Information, power, colonialism. All these elements have been known and studied for a long time, but they are now combined in such a way that the functioning of the state has gone through a paradigmatic change.
Before 700,000 Rohingya fled the genocide in Myanmar, the military had riled up millions of users against the group in a hate speech campaign on Facebook. Why did the company not intervene? And can this happen again? Interviews with two human rights experts, who both witnessed the events leading up to the genocide
A small US company is selling an app that might end our ability to walk down the street anonymously. Among its clients: authoritarian states and US immigration enforcement. Jacinta Gonzalez, an organizer with the NGO Mijente, talked with us about why this puts the eleven million undocumented people in the United States at an even higher risk for deportation.
Children consider access to digital media a fundamental right. But they are also the most vulnerable when it comes to online exposure and hardly ever mentioned as a specific group in the broader conversation. How are we preparing children for a world they born in to and can we somehow weapon them for digital perils?
As the fake news investigation of the Brazilian Congress reaches a decisive moment, data politics become a central arena of power struggle in the country. But it is not easy to see what is really happening.