An Ethics for the Digital Age

– by Gry Hasselbalch This January the European Data Protection Supervisor presented his new “Ethics Advisory Group”. A group of experts that will help him “reconsider the ethical dimension of the relationships between human rights, technology, markets and business models and their implications for the rights to privacy and data protection in the digital environment.”…

Opacity in machine learning algorithms

– by Gry Hasselbalch In her new article “How the machine ‘thinks’: Understanding opacity in machine learning algorithms” (January 2016) Jenna Burrell from UC Berkley School of Information discusses methods to investigate opacity in algorithms. Once a technical, opaque word belonging to the sphere of computer scientists and programmers, “Algorithm” has today become a commonly…

Report on Digital Challenges for Consumers (Danish Consumers’ Council)

A new 2016 report from the Danish Consumers’ Council “Digital Challenges for Consumers in Denmark” by Gry Hasselbalch maps key challenges for Danish consumers in the digital era. A rapid digital adoption in Denmark has created a number of challenges for Danish consumers. In particular automatic data collection and correlation performed by both public and…

About the new EU age limit

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.

UN Internet Governance Forum, Joao Pessoa, Brazil, 10-13 November 2015

TALKS & EVENTS: The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a series of annual conferences organized by the UN. It brings together representatives from various stakeholder groups in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. The IGF informs those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates…

A toy that wants to “phone home”

– by Gry Hasselbalch Toy manufacturers are today creating intelligent toys that remember, find patterns and respond to data from children. We need a data ethical approach to innovation in the development of an “Internet of Things” for children.

Machines in school: One more version of “free”

– by Gry Hasselbalch “If it’s free then you are the product”. This statement normally applies to consumers paying for online services with their data. Another version of this is developers using big industry machine learning technologies for free to build and create services they don’t own the real value of.