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What we've been reading - w/c 5th 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 5th September:

👉The UN’s report on human rights concerns against the Uyghur people in China is published


This analysis comes from Big Brother Watch’s newsletter:

A mass of CCTV cameras are used to detain Uyghurs, with widespread facial recognition technologies developed by state-owned CCTV companies to single these people out.

The same companies developing this surveillance technology have flooded the UK with thousands of cameras in schools, hospitals and on high streets across our nations.

The report outlines "a sophisticated, large-scale and systematized surveillance system in practice... Such monitoring has reportedly been driven by an ever-present network of surveillance cameras, including deploying facial recognition capabilities”

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September 2022 - 1

👉Captured data and mobile carriers


While many will think of suspect apps, hacked devices and shady websites as proprietors of personal data, new analysis has shown that consumers cannot opt-out of having their data collected by many of the largest mobile phone carriers in the world….

Geolocation data can be used to give a detailed picture of a person’s activities, including where they live, shop, work, as well as the medical providers they visit. It can provide very specific insights into an individual person’s life. From this data, a range of inferences can also be made, allowing companies and other entities to predict consumer behaviour with increasing accuracy. Both can lead to the invasion of privacy, and the violation of human rights.”

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September 2022 - 2

👉Google workers protest $1.2B Project Nimbus contract with Israeli military


A group of Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim and Arab Google employees are speaking out against the tech giant’s Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract involving Google, Amazon and the Israeli government and military.”

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September 2022 - 3

👉An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed


“Allen [the winner] said that his critics are judging the art by the method of its creation, and that eventually the art world will recognize AI-created art as its own category"

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September 2022 - 4

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

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