Europe Sets Guidelines on AI
Last week, Data Protection Authorities endorsed new set of Guidelines on AI. They included key data protection principles echoed in the GDPR, such as privacy by design, implementing fairness in profiling technologies, and the right to explanation. The French and Italian DPAs – along with the European Data Protection Supervisor – authored the Declaration, which was further co-sponsored by 15 organizations from around the world. Link.
EU Rolls out Automated Border Control
The EU is testing out its autonomous border control system called iBorderCtrl. The program uses “virtual avatars” to question people and applies face recognition and lie-detection technology to determine truthfulness. The program will run for six months at four border crossing points in Greece, Latvia, and Hungary.
US Worries about Cybersecurity with Impending Elections
The Trump administration is devoting resources to the DHS to bolster its cybersecurity manpower with midterm elections just days away. Officials worry about disinformation and foreign influence, as well as direct interference by hacking voting booths. Manyworry that the Administration’s attempts are too uncoordinated, and too late.
Internet Freedom Report Released
Freedom House released its annual Internet freedom report. Key takeaways: The Internet is growing less free around the world (26 countries experienced a decline, all due to elections); the US notably experienced a decline, while China leads the world in digital authoritarianism.
Tech Companies get Involved in Elections
Snapchat has helped over 400,000 people register to vote, and it is adding new app features to help people find their nearest polling stations. Facebook is enhancing ad transparencyon its platform, enabling users to track politicians’ advertised content, target demographics, and spending on the platform.