I would be very happy to receive feedback and input on this work in progress article:Culture by Design A Data Interest Analysis of the European AI Policy Agenda work in progress paper
By Gry Hasselbalch
Submitted for review December 2019.
Artificially intelligent technologies are complex data processing systems that pose several ethical challenges. We should consider the data intensity of these technologies and find solutions to the ethical implications in legislation, design and society in general.
We develop intelligent systems to create order in our messy contemporary reality, but very rarely do we put demands on what kind of order they create. Data processing algorithms can be described as the language of the big data age, which creates structure and meaning out of unstructured data. This language is not independent of the context in which it is used but is an expression of given cultural and social norms and values and their priorities. Artificial intelligence is therefore not a free agent, with free will, able to act inscrutably on data from its own computer logic, they are social systems that represent and amplify community values and specific interests. The main message is therefore that it is a technology that we can create and have an influence on. Viewed through these eyes, means that those who design the systems are also designers of social systems more than just designers of objective mathematical systems. Therefore, as early as in the design phase, an analysis and assessment can be made of the social and ethical consequences of the data processing systems being developed.
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Finally, me and my team mates in DataEhics.eu got spare time to develop a set of data ethics principles and guidelines. They are based on years of work and hands on experiences with the life of data handling and practices in organisations and businesses and combines our legal and humanistic knowledge. Our point of departure is a view on an anthropocentric view on the world. Check out the principles, a detailed questionnaire and a FAQ on data ethics here. They may be reproduced freely as long as DataEthics.eu is clearly credited with a link to our website.
Data protection impact assessments (DPIA), also referred to as Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA), are compulsory under the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But ensuring an organization or business’ data protection compliance now and in the future is the bare minimum. In a world of data networks that increasingly shape and define everything from our identity, economy to politics, we need to also consider the broader ethical and social implications of data processing.
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BLOG: If we want to design ethical AI that benefits a human evolution, we need a way of talking about it that respects our human values and quirks.
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Data Ethics: Renegotiating Human Agency in Industry Data Innovation
In the wake of a rapid technological development in which digitally collected, stored and procesed data have become defining factors in society, human and ethical dilemmas emerge. This study explores a social process that is taking place to negotiate global standards, roles, rights and responsibilities to create a new trust system to manage the risks of a data-saturated environment with an emphasis on ethics, human empowerment and agency.
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SEE THE DEBATE HERE
“Legally you can do a lot with data right now, and a lot is done with data, that is not in the best interest of the individual. This is where we revisit ethics. When the laws and formal systems are not enough.”
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by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg, first published in TechCrunch 25th December 2016
Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching us through data, and we are watching each other through data. What does individual privacy mean in this data saturated environment?
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The following is an abstract from the book Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage (2016) by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg, TechCrunch, Nov 12, 2016.
We are living in an era defined and shaped by data. Data makes the world go round. It is politics, it is culture, it is everyday life and it is business. Our data-flooded era is one of technological progress, with tides rising at a never seen before pace. Roles, rights and responsibilities are reorganized and new ethical questions posed. Data ethics must and will be a new compass to guide us.
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by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg
First appeared in DailyDot 23rd October
BLOG: How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer’s, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn’t provided the social medium with such sensitive information. But when quizzed a bit further, she confirmed that she had googled the illness and been browsing the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Both websites “gossip” about visitors’ behavior behind their back to other websites, including Facebook, via third-party cookies.
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Data ethics – the New Competitive Advantage by Gry Hasselbalch and Pernille Tranberg
“Algorithms you get me like no other”. A person is leaning into a hole in an otherwise empty plain wall. Outside is a big sky with billions of distant stars. “30 songs you didn’t know you loved yet”, continues the Spotify ad. A spot for your eyes to dwell and escape as you rumble through the dark sizzling summer hot tunnels, squeezed between other subway commuters.The Spotify ad billboards you see in the New York subway these days tell you how mystic personalization algorithms will change your life. They are higher mystic beings that somehow know you better than you know yourself. They will foresee your future, transform it into something better (a starry boundless sky), you can “get lost” in their universe and escape from the plain wall of every day life. Their science is the alchemy of today. Creating gold out of rocks.
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Blog (updated 15 June 2016): There’s a battle of words going on, the battle is about the definition of “privacy”, and it’s been going on for centuries. Somehow we’ve led ourselves to believe that the definition of privacy that we all think we share is something intrinsically connected to the individual. But actually it’s not. Although privacy as such is in fact only something the individual can claim (corporations and states cannot), the individual has always been very absent in the very construction of the concept.
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– by Gry Hasselbalch
In 2015 one of the most promising virtual reality products Oculus Rift reached the headlines of the world tech press. Oculus Rift has been described as expensive, but worth every penny. For the few that were able to test the device before its release, they primarily described is as an amazing experience, – a top score seeing that “experience” and the perfection of this is the core criteria for judging any virtual reality product. And the market predictions for this new virtual extension of reality were skyrocketing going from 600K units in 2016 to 2 million in 2017. It was sold out immediately in pre order. However, after its recent release it is now being more carefully scrutinized by users and the reviews have been less exstatic primarily due to concerns regarding the privacy of its users.
Continue reading “Virtual reality is coming and it’s sending your data to Facebook”
BLOG: The long-awaited EU data protection reform agreed on by the Europan Union late Tuesday night stipulated among others that companies cannot process the data of children and young people under the age of 16 without their parents’ consent.
Continue reading “About the new EU age limit”