Online Harms + Duty of Care

Media + Tech

UK Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This package comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

Online Harms White Paper – Executive summary
Online Harms White Paper – PDF, 968KB, 102 pages (pdf)

When you hear the term ‘Duty of Care’ – – A statutory duty of care would be created to make companies take responsibility for the safety of their users and take reasonable action to tackle harm caused by content they carry

Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies [sagepub /2] We found little evidence for substantial negative associations between digital-screen engagement—measured throughout the day or particularly before bedtime—and adolescent well-being.

“The Measure of Everyday Life” – Screen Time and Teens [libsyn]

Indeed, it seems that Google IS forgetting the old Web [zona-m/0] XML pioneer and early blogger Tim Bray says that Google maybe suffers of deliberate memory loss. I may have found more evidence that this is the case. Bray writes that: “I think Google has stopped in­dex­ing the old­er parts of the We­b. I think I can prove it. Google’s com­pe­ti­tion is do­ing bet­ter.”

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines (pdf) The Commission is taking a three-step approach: setting-out the key requirements for trustworthy AI, launching a large scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on international consensus building for human-centric AI.


Amazon Wants You to Use Alexa to Track Health Care [WSJ/39/paywall] Amazon Inc. is positioning Alexa to track consumers’ prescriptions and relay personal health information—– Five companies, including insurer Cigna Corp. , diabetes-management company Livongo Health Inc. and major hospital systems, said they developed new Alexa features for consumers using the federal protocol. Amazon and health-care providers will also collect some data to improve voice recognition and track how consumers use the services.

Inside the Dystopian Reality of China’s Livestreaming Craze [sixone/6] “People’s Republic of Desire,” a deeply dystopian documentary that explores the people behind China’s craze for online livestreaming — a market that might be worth 112 billion yuan ($16.7 billion) by 2020, according to online statistics portal Statista. The industry continues to boom despite a pair of scandals in 2017 that saw several companies investigated for underreporting taxes and broadcasting pornographic material.

To catch a drug thief, hospital secretly recorded births, women’s surgeries [ars technica / 25] In its response, Sharp readily admits to installing hidden, motion-activated cameras in its three labor and delivery operating rooms for the purpose of surreptitious filming

Residents concerned about DNA-for-cash transactions in Louisville [ /4] People are giving DNA samples to a guy in a white van for $20.

Children’s data and privacy online Growing up in a digital age [ /2] This project led by Professor Sonia Livingstone seeks to address questions and evidence gaps concerning children’s conception of privacy online, their capacity to consent, their functional skills (e.g. in understanding terms and conditions or managing privacy settings online), and their deeper critical understanding of the online environment, including both its interpersonal and, especially, its commercial dimensions (including its business models, uses of data and algorithms, forms of redress, commercial interests, systems of trust and governance). For the launch presentation, see here (PDF)