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Wired

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Through three new hires, Facebook may be giving real decisionmaking power to people who deeply understand the ways in which the social media site and its family of apps undermine…

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Harvard Law Today

Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Faculty Books in Brief

"We are in the early stages of the health care system’s encounter with big data, the editors write, with the benefits and perils uncertain."

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
PNAS

Fighting misinformation on social media using crowdsourced judgments of news source quality

One potential approach to reducing the spread of misinformation: having social media platform algorithms preferentially display content from news sources that users rate as…

Monday, Jan 28, 2019
Cyberlaw Clinic

Clinic Files Amicus Brief for Former Magistrate Judges re: Surveillance Orders

The Cyberlaw Clinic filed an amicus brief supporting a BuzzFeed News journalist's petition to unseal applications and orders for pen registers, trap and trace devices, tracking…

Monday, Jan 28, 2019
#GoodID

African countries must work together for Good ID

Berkman Klein Fellow Titi Akinsanmi discusses how policy for digital ID could develop in 2019 and what she hopes to see globally and on the African continent.

Monday, Jan 28, 2019
WCJB

On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info

A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019
Scroll.in

The ‘Purdah’ amendment

Proposed changes to the IT Act could draw a veil over the Indian internet

"The planned changes will undermine freedom of expression and privacy online, weakening Indian democracy itself."

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
Linux Journal

Is Privacy a Right?

The story we tell about our right to privacy an interesting one, but distracts us away from work that needs to be done. 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
ECT News Network

Dutch Doc Wins 'Forget My Suspension' Case

Google must remove search results about medical regulators' conditional suspension of a Dutch physician in the first "right to be forgotten" case of its kind in the European Union.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
New York Times

Why Do People Fall for Fake News?

What makes people susceptible to fake news and other forms of strategic misinformation?

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019
Nieman Reports

How Hashtag Culture Influences International Conversations

In her new book "Memes to Movements," An Xiao Mina explores how people from a historically overlooked nation such as Uganda are able to drive the conversation on issues in…

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019
C-SPAN

Remedies for Platform Bias

During confirmation hearings AG nominee William Barr is asked how private social media platform's could explicitly attempt to sway an election, and whether there are any remedies…

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
Sabelo.io

Americanize my name

This app uses US Census Data and a linguistic algorithm to "Americanize" submitted names, and provoke thought about how names and identities are considered in society

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
Digital Asia Hub

Drones & Dreams

A Speculative Sprint Story Collection

This new publication from the Digital Asia Hub collects the outputs of a two-day speculative fiction–writing workshop held in December 2018

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
Bloomberg Law

Crypto Exchanges Left Hanging as Shutdown Sidelines CFTC

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s oversight of the fast-growing cryptocurrency market is on hiatus as the government shutdown lingers.

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
Mashable

DuckDuckGo's private searches will pull up Apple Maps results

The recent partnership between privacy-focused search tool Duck Duck Go and Apple has an uncertain implications for the future of privacy on the engine.

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
World Economic Forum

Dialogue Series on New Economic and Social Frontiers

Shaping the New Economy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Questions are emerging regarding the adequacy of our current economic policies and practices, the social contract between citizens, businesses and governments and the metrics used…

Monday, Jan 14, 2019

The author you need to read now: Tressie McMillan Cottom

In her new book “Thick: And Other Essays," Berkman Klein Faculty Associate Tressie McMillan Cottom tackles topics ranging from poverty, to race, to healthcare.

Friday, Jan 11, 2019
Data & Society

An Xiao Mina: Memes to Movements

Databite No. 117

A global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest, and propaganda on- and offline

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
Medium

Detain/Release

Simulating algorithmic risk assessments at pretrial

A legal education simulation puts students in the role of a county judge at a bail hearing, and prompts them to detain or release individual defendants pending trial.

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019