JEDII Tech News: April 27

The Washington state legislative season is over ... and for the third year in a row the Bad Washington Privacy Act failed to pass!   So with luck I'll be getting back to doing a newsletter.  Here's

Taking Action on Dark Patterns

By Caroline Sinders on Tech Policy Press (

This week, the Federal Trade Commission turns its attention to dark patterns. The time to act is now.

Google Promised Its Contact Tracing App Was Completely Private—But It Wasn’t

By Alfred Ng on The Markup (

Researchers say hundreds of preinstalled apps can access a log found on Android devices where sensitive contact tracing information is stored

Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.

By Ryan Mac on BuzzFeed News (

After BuzzFeed News reported on an internal document that examined the social network’s failings leading up to the Capitol riot, many of Facebook’s employees were prevented from accessing it.

Google Pressured on Racial Equity Audit After AI Ethics Collapse

By Naomi Nix on Bloomberg (

An influential racial justice group called on Google to allow independent auditors to investigate the company’s business for potential discriminatory conduct.

Daniel Kaminsky, Internet Security Savior, Dies at 42

By Nicole Perloth on NYTimes (

If you are reading this obituary online, you owe your digital safety to him.

When Workers of the Digital World Unite

By Digital Freedom Fund on Digital Freedom Fund (

Is the tide beginning to turn for the so-called digital gig economy?

Data Commission criticised over GDPR ‘inaction’

By Will Goodbody on RTÉ (

A data privacy campaigner has told an Oireachtas committee that systematic infringement of fundamental rights is going unchecked by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Some School Districts Monitor Kids to Prevent Suicide, but Privacy Experts Cry Foul

By Simone Carter on Dallas Observer (

While many parents are grateful that districts are monitoring their kids’ search terms, privacy experts say it’s cause for concern.

EPIC to Court: Don’t Undermine 2020 Census Privacy Protections

By Electronic Privacy Information Center(

EPIC has filed an amicus brief urging an Alabama federal court not to upend the Census Bureau’s system for protecting personal data collected in the 2020 Census. Alabama is challenging the Bureau’s use of differential privacy.

Strengthening Human Rights in the Digital Age: Insights from Germany’s new Ashoka Fellows Nani Jansen Reventlow and Anna-Lena von Hodenberg

on Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker (

As human lives transition online, so do human rights. How will humanity anticipate, mitigate, and manage the consequences of algorithms, artificial intelligence, robots, and more? How do we ensure that the internet is safe to use for everyone? And empowers everyone?

A vision for speech

on Capgemini Worldwide (

Consultant Holly Brown won the Tech4Positive Futures competition in 2020 with an idea to help stroke patients practice speech therapy. Here, she explains the source of her inspiration.

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