New Manual: Holistic Security | Tactical Technology Collective
In the past, different aspects of human rights defenders' security (digital, physical and psycho-social) have tended to be treated separately, as if they existed in isolation. The holistic approach, however, recognises that they are deeply interrelated and need to be taken together when developing a comprehensive security strategy.
human_rights  tacticaltech  security  ee 
16 days ago
Lucia Nader: Five reasons to fear innovation - Sur - Revista Internacional de Direitos Humanos
...We interviewed 102 activists and human rights defenders from Europe, the United States of America (U.S.) and Latin America between 2015 and 2016. A considerable number showed some resistance either to the concept of innovation in general or to the need for rights-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and donors to constantly innovate. Many of them shunned the idea of innovation, raising a series of concerns, which we have grouped here as “5 reasons to fear innovation”.

As Emily Martinez from the Open Society Foundations (U.S.) pointed out recently during a conference, “who knows, might this resistance result from the fact [that] it seems contradictory to speak of innovation in a field where persistence and resilience are deemed key features and take so much of our energy? How is it possible to innovate in weekly visits to prisons to document abuses and torture, for example? Or, why do we immediately associate innovation with technology, whereas there is an increasing mistrust of and awareness about the limits of turning everything technological and modern?”
LuciaNader  human_rights  technology 
16 days ago
Google Is Transforming NYC's Payphones Into a "Personalized Propaganda Engine" | Village Voice
"If CityBridge is using a business model that is not charging, and they are spending a bunch of money putting these things in, they are going to be monetizing the data hard," Tien says. "That means that they are always thinking about how to collect your data and how to profit off of it."

But there is a different issue in play here: the right of the City of New York to surrender that data for us; the right of our elected officials — over the objections of some of the city's own watchdogs and in exchange for what is, viewed in the light of the city's $78 billion annual budget, chump change — to sell citizens' privacy off the back of a truck to a for-profit company.
privacy  ee  behavioural-tracking  Google  smartcities  urbanization 
17 days ago
Opinion: A progressive tech platform for the 99 percent -
Hillary Clinton's tech agenda doesn't address the most pressing digital issues. The US deserves a tech platform that defends privacy, protects the public from discriminatory algorithms, and ensures that innovation doesn't just benefit the wealthy.
hillary_clinton  tech_policy  sasha_meinrath  elections  US  DS 
17 days ago
The Secrets in Guatemala’s Bones - The New York Times
The death threats began for Peccerelli and his staff in 2001, when a fellow anthropologist at another organization received a letter listing 11 targets, including Peccerelli and several others at F.A.F.G. “For 10 years we have known who you are and let you be,” the letter said. “Now it is time to settle accounts.”
forensicdna  forensics  ee  guatemala  anthropology  human_rights 
18 days ago
Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York | Technology | The Guardian
Dubbed as “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, London-born second-year Stanford University student Joshua Browder, DoNotPay helps users contest parking tickets in an easy to use chat-like interface.
technology  news  ai  robots  ee 
18 days ago
Thousands of migrants are dying at sea. This charity is trying to save them
Following reports the I Sea Project app is a hoax, it has been pulled from the Apple store.
ee  do_something  satellites  citizen_engagement  refugees 
4 weeks ago
Google Sharpens Search Results for ‘Skin Rash,’ ‘Tummy Ache’ and Other Symptoms - WSJ
“Because this is an algorithm, it isn’t perfect,” Ms. Pinchin says. “But we’re going to expand and improve it over time.”
algorithms  google  health  ee 
4 weeks ago
The New Media is Made of Memes — Backchannel
Media brands once created content that people simply consumed, then they focused on producing content that people shared. Discover feels like an odd laboratory for what comes next, where media companies are experimenting with short-form entertainment, journalism, and what is essentially multimedia stationery: open templates and professional memes for every minute, for every mood.
media  socialmedia  ee  snapchat  content  journalism 
4 weeks ago
Stop Lying About Tesla's Autopilot Crashing Your Car
In the future, there’s no getting away from computers ratting you out for your human mistakes.

Today Tesla Motors had to respond to yet another highly-publicized story of one of its cars crashing into something, this time a building full of people, with the owner blaming the vehicle’s semi-autonomous capabilities. And, today Tesla proved once again its vehicle’s Autopilot system was not to blame by releasing the data from the vehicle at the time of the incident.
automation  self-driving_car  car  ee 
6 weeks ago
Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer - The Washington Post
Since taking on the cancer issue last year, Biden has repeatedly argued that confining data within institutions has hampered cancer research, with scientists and medical companies reluctant to share proprietary information. In fact, cancer research institutions have significant data-sharing arrangements in place, although Biden and other critics say it’s too limited and not happening early enough in the process.

The White House said the public database is easily searchable and includes protections for privacy and security.
genetics  cancer  database  us  ee 
6 weeks ago
Best Case Scenarios for Copyright - International Communia Association
Communia is launching series of posts called, the Best Case Scenarios for Copyright, to promote great solutions such as user-friendly copyright limitations.
copyright  EU 
6 weeks ago
Body Count Points to a Mexican Military Out of Control - The New York Times
The Mexican authorities say the nation’s soldiers are simply better trained and more skilled than the cartels they battle.

But experts who study the issue say Mexico’s kill rate is practically unheard-of, arguing that the numbers reveal something more ominous.

“They are summary executions,” said Paul Chevigny, a retired New York University professor who pioneered the study of lethality among armed forces.
statistics  humanrights  ee  mexico 
8 weeks ago
Government agencies keep sacrificing cash to zombie IT systems, GAO finds | Ars Technica
A new Government Accountability Office report has called out some of these systems as being so archaic that they're consuming increasingly larger portions of agencies' IT budgets just for operation and maintenance. As the breach at the Office of Personnel Management demonstrated, old systems are also a security risk—particularly when they've been "updated" with now-unsupported versions of Windows Server and Internet and database components that were end-of-life'd by their creators years ago.
software  GAO  UnitedStates  security 
8 weeks ago
Website Meant to Connect Neighbors Hears Complaints of Racial Profiling - The New York Times
Nextdoor, founded in 2010, is not the first neighborhood-based platform accused of becoming a haven for racially charged suspicions.
ee  racial_profiling  race 
9 weeks ago
Lev Ponomarev: "Flight or Prison" - Human Rights in Russia
In this different reality, for any report or ‘like’ of a picture that the anti-extremism police of Centre-E don’t like, you will immediately be sent to prison. Without any ‘half-measures’ such as compulsory work or a fine. For example, in February this year a single mother from Ekaterinburg, Ekaterina Vologzheninova, was sentenced to compulsory work for reposting a cartoon - and the court ordered her laptop was destroyed. Now the only possible form of punishment under ‘extremist’ articles of the criminal code (282, 282.1, 282.2, 282.3) will be imprisonment. The number of trials for extremism in recent years has increased at a remarkable speed — from 2011 to 2015 the number of people convicted of ‘extremist’ offences went up threefold.

In this reality any adolescent over 14 years will be considered criminally liable for failing to tell their friend, or, let’s say, their uncle (the bill introduces a new article into the Criminal Code: ‘failure to report a crime’ - 205.6, for which criminal liability begins at 14 years of age). In other words, it’s not enough that in our country young people of 14 and over are put in prison, for example if they steal something worth over 2,000 roubles. Now they will be put in prison for ‘failing to report’. We are returning to the ideas of Pavlik Morozov.
ee  russia  extremism  freedom_of_speech 
9 weeks ago
Эхо Москвы :: Блоги / Или бегство, или тюрьма
В этой реальности любой подросток старше 14 лет будет привлечен к уголовной ответственности за недонесение на своего приятеля или, скажем, дядю (законопроектом вводится новая статья УК РФ «несообщение о преступлении» — 205.6, по которой уголовная ответственность начинается с 14 лет). То есть, мало того, что у нас с 14 лет садятся, скажем, за кражу свыше двух тысяч рублей. Теперь будут садиться и за «несообщение» — возвращаемся к идеалам Павлика Морозова.
ee  russia  extremism  freedom_of_speech 
9 weeks ago
From global outcast to benign ruler: Narendra Modi on Twitter, Est. 2009 — Quartz
“Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Modi build a powerful online brand, allowing him to transcend a problematic past and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader who speaks directly to his electorate,” the paper authored by Joyojeet Pal, Priyank Chandra and V G Vinod Vydiswaran, said.
twitter  brand  ee  human_rights 
11 weeks ago
Proof of Existence
Use our service to anonymously and securely store an online distributed proof of existence for any document. Your documents are NOT stored in our database or in the bitcoin blockchain, so you don't have to worry about your data being accessed by others.

All we store is a cryptographic digest of the file, linked to the time in which you submitted the document. In this way, you can later certify that the data existed at that time. This is the first online service allowing you to publicly prove that you have certain information without revealing the data or yourself, with a decentralized certification based on the bitcoin network.
bitcoin  ee 
11 weeks ago
About PARI
PARI: the text collection includes a resources section where we aim to make resident in full text every report/study on or significantly connected to rural India.

PARI is both a living journal and an archive. It will generate and host reporting on the countryside that is current and contemporary, while also creating a database of already published stories, reports, videos and audios from as many sources as we can. All PARI’s own content comes under the Creative Commons ( and the site is free to access. Also, anyone can contribute to PARI. Write for us, shoot for us, record for us — your material is welcome so long as it meets the standards of this site and falls within our mandate: the everyday lives of everyday people.It means an undertaking unprecedented in scale and scope, utilising myriad forms of media in audio, visual and text platforms. One where the stories, the work, the activity, the histories are narrated, as far as possible, as far as we can manage, by rural Indians themselves.
india  urbanization  ee  data 
11 weeks ago
Documenting India's Villages Before They Vanish - The Atlantic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees this transformation as inevitable. Expressing scorn for programs like his predecessors’ rural-employment guarantee, which helped the poor survive but kept them on the farm, he has promised to create 300 million jobs in “industrial corridors” through schemes like “Make in India,” which reduces or removes caps on foreign investment in various business sectors. But critics like farm-policy analyst Devinder Sharma say desperation is pushing people out of the countryside far faster than industry can create jobs for them in cities and towns. Among the hot-button issues in India at the moment is an executive order by Modi that allows the government to force farmers to sell their land for infrastructure projects without seeking their consent.
urbanization  landrights  india  modi  ee  tech_jobs 
11 weeks ago
Liudmila Alekseeva: General Tatiana Moskalkova's career makes her 'entirely unsuitable' for human rights work - in English
in April last year she suggested renaming the Interior Ministry the Cheka [the name of the former Soviet security service – trans.].

She also suggested giving police the “appropriate powers for restoring order and preserving peace and security” in times of crisis.

It is entirely likely that the appointment of such a person as Human Rights Ombudsperson is intended as an unambiguous message to human rights activists and the democratic part of society.

Moskalkova has already declared that “there are no political prisoners in Russia”.
Russia  human_rights  ombudsman  ee 
11 weeks ago
major conference for early career researchers on OA, OER, and Open Data, organized by OSF grantee, the Right to Research Coalition - for digest
OA  OER  conference 
12 weeks ago
Regulators Must Get Up To Speed On Financial AI - Law360
The report from law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP said that while banks have been putting such machines — which have the capacity to learn from new data in a way that is similar to what humans do — to work in trading, credit approvals, risk detection and other aspects of their operations, industry representatives believe regulators are not at this point capable of monitoring the machines that will soon be making many decisions in place of people.
ee  robots  finance  financialdata 
12 weeks ago
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