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on GAAD (globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org)
Thursday, May 20 2021 marks the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.
By Fight for the Future on End Child Surveillance (endchildsurveillance.com)
Technology companies are preying on our children for profit and putting them in danger. We need to protect our kids.
By Corin Faife on The Markup (themarkup.org)
As COVID-19 surged, the social media company pointed users to all sorts of anti-vaccine and anti-mask groups
By Olivia Little on Media Matters for America (mediamatters.org)
By Matthew Champion on vice.com
Images of Israel and Gaza are now legal to distribute. But Google is still running outdated images on Maps, potentially hindering open source conflict researchers.
By ruchowdh on blog.twitter.com
Twitter shares a technical analysis of its assessment for potential bias in its image cropping algorithm as part of its efforts to be more transparent around how it uses machine learning to improve pe
Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office’s covert internet operations program
By Jana Winter on Yahoo News (news.yahoo.com)
The post office’s law enforcement arm has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program, which tracks social media posts of Americans and shares that information with other law enforcement agencies.
on Apple Newsroom (apple.com)
Apple today announced powerful software features designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.
By Jenny Lay-Flurrie - Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer on The Official Microsoft Blog (blogs.microsoft.com)
Today we celebrate the 10th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). As we at Microsoft reflect on GAAD, it can’t be ignored that this past year has made advancing accessibility initiatives more important than ever. COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities, wid…
Remote Proctoring of Exams Is an Invasive Tool Without Clear Security Protections. States & Districts Should Avoid Rushing In
By Elizabeth Laird on The 74 (the74million.org)
The education sector knows all too well the harm that can occur when assessments aren’t given securely.
By Andy Greenberg on WIRED (wired.com)
In 2011, Chinese spies stole the crown jewels of cybersecurity—stripping protections from firms and government agencies worldwide. Here’s how it happened.
By Lauren Bridges on The Guardian (theguardian.com)
One in 10 US police departments can now access videos from millions of privately-owned home security cameras without a warrant
By Kari Paul on The Guardian (theguardian.com)
The app offered a $30,000 reward to track him down and shared a photo of the man, which was seen by more than 861,000 people
By Jeffrey Dastin on Reuters (reuters.com)
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O)said on Tuesday it is extending until further notice a moratorium it imposed last year on police use of its facial recognition software.
By Nadim Nashif on openDemocracy (opendemocracy.net)
We urgently need international standards that would protect people from repressive governments and profit-driven companies the world over
on Digital Freedom Fund (digitalfreedomfund.org)
Digital Rights are Women*s Rights In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, DFF presents a mini-series to highlight the importance of intersectional feminism for digital rights. This collection of blogs, contributed by guest authors from our network, illustrates why we must embrace intersectional…
China is setting up its own version of GDPR - but how will it work in one of the most secretive countries in the world?
By Ian Curran on TheJournal.ie (thejournal.ie)
Observers say the new rules could give China stronger privacy protections than the US.
Senators seek limits on some facial-recognition use by police, energizing surveillance technology debate
By Drew Harwell on The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)
The bill represents one of Congress’ most ambitious attempts yet to regulate the controversial technologies that government officials have used to track and watch the American public.
How the powerful can protect the powerless: the path to accountability for companies in the 2020 RDR Index
By Isedua on Access Now (accessnow.org)
Once again, we’re asking some of the world’s most powerful companies to review the findings in the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index and make key changes to protect people’s rights.