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Fast Company

Google and Microsoft shouldn’t decide how technology is regulated

Jessica Fjeld warns that giving too much credence to Big Tech is like “asking the fox for guidance on henhouse security procedures.”

Jan 23, 2020

How YouTube shields advertisers (not viewers) from harmful videos

The difference between the protections YouTube offers its advertisers and those it provides consumers is stark.

Jan 22, 2020
Route Fifty

One State May Become the First to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Genealogy Databases

A state lawmaker in Utah wants police to stop using consumer genealogy databases to help them find criminals.

Jan 21, 2020
The New York Times

We’re Banning Facial Recognition. We’re Missing the Point.

The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.

Jan 20, 2020
New Books in Technology Podcast

The Smart Enough City

Ben Green joins Jasmine McNealy on the New Books in Technology podcast

Jan 20, 2020
The New York Times

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Faculty associate Woodrow Hartzog spoke to the New York Times about the harrowing consequences of facial recognition

Jan 18, 2020
The Washington Post

The Justice Department’s new quarrel with Apple

The deadly December shooting of three U.S. sailors at a Navy installation could reignite a long-simmering fight between the federal government and tech companies over data privacy…

Jan 17, 2020
Venture Beat

Meta analysis shows AI ethics principles emphasize human rights

A team of researchers from BKC recently released a white paper and visualization that mapped AI principles and guidelines to find consensus. 

Jan 17, 2020
The Knight First Amendment Institute

Digital Public Infrastructure… and a few words in defense of optimism

Ethan Zuckerman argues the case for Digital Public Infrastructure

Jan 17, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

Who is right about political ads, Twitter or Facebook?

evelyn douek joined a virtual panel of experts to weigh in on the two approaches

Jan 16, 2020
The Lawfare Podcast

Danielle Citron and evelyn douek on Deep Fakes

evelyn douek spoke with law professors Bobby Chesney and Danielle Citron about deep fakes.

Jan 16, 2020

The Evil List: Which tech companies are doing the most harm?

BKC fellow Mutale Nkonde responded to Slate with her views on Alphabet

Jan 15, 2020

How To Spot Fake News

Joan Donovan participated in a panel of scholars who study media manipulation, digital resources, and the spread of misinformation on how to spot “fake news” in an age of…

Jan 13, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

YouTube and Radicalization

Joan Donovan talks with Mathew Ingram of Columbia Journalism Review

Jan 11, 2020
Foreign Policy

China Isn’t the Only Problem With 5G

The network has plenty of other security weaknesses, including ones the U.S. doesn’t want to fix since they help its own surveillance efforts.

Jan 10, 2020

Tech companies tried to help us spend less time on our phones. It didn’t work.

Ethan Zuckerman adds to the discussion about whether concerns about “time well spent” are overblown.

Jan 9, 2020
Jefferson Public Radio

Over-sharing Your Kids In The Social Media Age

Faculty associate Leah Plunkett joins The Jefferson Exchange to discuss the problems with parents creating a digital dossier that could follow their kids for life. …

Jan 8, 2020
Interpreting India

Applications and Ethics of AI with Chinmayi Arun

Chinmayi Arun in conversation about the applications of AI and the ethical debates surrounding its use on the podcast Interpreting India.

Jan 8, 2020
Business Insider Singapore

Facebook just banned deepfakes, but the policy has loopholes

Danielle Citron advised Facebook on the new policy and sees it as fair, but would like to see more policies banning misleading videos in the future.

Jan 7, 2020
The Atlantic

The Future of Politics Is Robots Shouting at One Another

They’ll be controlled by foreign actors, domestic political groups, even the candidates themselves, says BKC fellow Bruce Schneier.

Jan 7, 2020