What we've been reading - w/c 19th September

Each week, Alice puts together a round-up of interesting articles from the world of technology ethics. We post these on our social channels as well as sharing them on our blog.

Here’s her pick from w/c 19th September:

👉Non-fungible abuse material – the “disaster situation” for NFTs


“Non-fungible tokens of Donald Trump in front of a flaming Capitol have found their way onto the blockchain. Other NFTs consisting of abusive, harmful and explicit content include images posted by a “Klu Klux Klan Enjoyer” and one titled “Trans rapes guy”, all on market-leading NFT trading platforms.”

Read more from tortoisemedia.com here

September 2022 - 1

👉At eBay, Lurid Crimes and the Search for Punishment


The victims of a bizarre cyberstalking operation are trying to hold the chief executive and the culture of the company responsible.”

Read more from nytimes.com here

September 2022 - 2

👉Modern ID systems: Watching a global identity crisis unfold


“On International Identity Day, we are seeing these modern, technology-driven ID systems – adopted by a growing number of countries – continue to facilitate exclusion and surveillance, while exacerbating insecurity and vulnerability for communities that are already among the most marginalised.”

Read more from aljazeera.com here

September 2022 - 3

👉For Gen Z, TikTok Is the New Search Engine


“Need to find a restaurant or figure out how to do something? Young people are turning to TikTok to search for answers. Google has noticed.”

Read more from nytimes.com here

September 2022 - 4

👉Would you geotag your home for your government? 50 million Indians did


By August 15, India’s Independence Day, nearly 60 million Indian citizens had uploaded their photos with the national flag on the website. About 50 million had geotagged the locations of their houses with their photos, and also shared their phone numbers to register on the portal.

Now, digital rights activists are raising alarm bells as they believe that what seemed like an innocent voter outreach program was a scheme to collect citizens’ data, which can be misused.”

Read more from restofworld.org here

September 2022 - 5

👉DeepMind has predicted the structure of almost every protein known to science


“DeepMind says its AlphaFold tool has successfully predicted the structure of nearly all proteins known to science. From today, the Alphabet-owned AI lab is offering its database of over 200 million proteins to anyone for free.”

Read more from technologyreview.com here

September 2022 - 6

👉In the USA, senators turn to a research transparency bill


“Today the algorithms are doing exactly what they’re intended to do, which is maximize attention on the platform,” Alex Roetter, a former senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, told the committee. “If companies were penalized for sharing certain types of content, these algorithms would no longer promote that content, because it would no longer be optimal for them to do so.”

Read more from protocol.com here

September 2022 - 7

If you think we should be reading anything else please email hello@hattusia.com, and finally, thank you for reading, Sophie Ryan.

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