‘Blijf met je klauwen van m’n wijkie af’: vier vragen over fraudedetector SyRI

  Is het een slimme manier om met behulp van algoritmes fraude op te sporen, of een systeem dat vooral inwoners uit armere wijken raakt en mensenrechten schendt? Die vraag staat vandaag centraal in de rechtbank Den Haag, waar burgerrechtenorganisaties tegenover de staat staan in een zaak over fraudeopsporingssysteem SyRI. Wat willen ze en hoe … Lees verder

VN-rapporteur uit ernstige zorgen over SyRI: ‘Volledige ontkenning van het recht op privacy’

  De VN-rapporteur op het gebied van extreme armoede en mensenrechten uit in een brief aan de rechtbank zijn zorgen over risicoprofileringssysteem SyRI. Eind deze maand vindt de zitting plaats in de bodemprocedure tegen het systeem. Philip Alston licht in een interview de redenen voor zijn schrijven toe: “Als SyRI geen volledige ontkenning van het … Lees verder

Digital dystopia: how algorithms punish the poor

  In an exclusive global series, the Guardian lays bare the tech revolution transforming the welfare system worldwide – while penalising the most vulnerable All around the world, from small-town Illinois in the US to Rochdale in England, from Perth, Australia, to Dumka in northern India, a revolution is under way in how governments treat the … Lees verder

Open letter calling on elected officials to stop Amazon’s doorbell surveillance partnerships with police

Dear local, state, and federal officials, The Washington Post has reported that there are currently more than 400 police departments across the United States who have entered into surveillance partnerships with Amazon’s camera enabled doorbell company, Ring. These partnerships pose a serious threat to civil rights and liberties, especially for black and brown communities already targeted and … Lees verder

The algorithms that detect hate speech online are biased against black people

  A new study shows that leading AI models are 1.5 times more likely to flag tweets written by African Americans as “offensive” compared to other tweets. Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are banking on developing artificial intelligence technology to help stop the spread of hateful speech on their networks. The idea is that complex algorithms that use … Lees verder

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

  Under a Watchful Eye: critics question if predictive analytics at college invades privacy and reinforces racial inequities ATLANTA — When Keenan Robinson started college in 2017, he knew the career he wanted. He’d gone to high school in a small town outside Atlanta. His parents had never finished college, and they always encouraged Robinson … Lees verder

Trading privacy for survival is another tax on the poor

    Americans at the lower end of the economic ladder suffer from an ever-growing privacy divide, impacting more than just their personal dignity and autonomy. In 1969, a woman named Barbara James walked into a neighborhood legal services office in New York City in search of help to fight the city’s home visit policy. … Lees verder

The Disparate Impact of Surveillance

  Mass surveillance society subjects us all to its gaze, but not equally so. Its power touches everyone, but its hand is heaviest in communities already disadvantaged by their poverty, race, religion, ethnicity, and immigration status. Technology and stealth allow government watchers to remain unobtrusive when they wish to be so, but their blunter tools—stop-and-frisk,1 suspicionless … Lees verder

8 Things You Need to Know about Surveillance

  Over 225 police departments have partnered with Amazon to have access to Amazon’s video footage obtained as part of the “smart” doorbell product Ring, and in many cases these partnerships are heavily subsidized with taxpayer money. Police departments are allowing Amazon to stream 911 call information directly in real-time, and Amazon requires police departments to read pre-approved scripts when … Lees verder

The best algorithms struggle to recognize black faces equally

  FRENCH COMPANY IDEMIA’S algorithms scan faces by the million. The company’s facial recognition software serves police in the US, Australia, and France. Idemia software checks the faces of some cruise ship passengers landing in the US against Customs and Border Protection records. In 2017, a top FBI official told Congress that a facial recognition system that scours 30 million … Lees verder