Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy

Can a computer write a script? Machine learning goes Hollywood [latimes] The new technology can also pinpoint what stories are resonating online, isolating particular scenes or characters that people are most passionate about. Wattpad Studios, based in Toronto, identifies popular stories uploaded to Wattpad’s online platform and flags them for studios to develop into movies and shows.

Google I/O Developer Keynote

Toronto’s Google-linked smart city draws opposition over privacy, costs
[WAPO] Sidewalk Labs has downplayed links to its corporate sibling, saying it won’t monetize the data it collects and proposing that it be governed by a data trust that would set the rules around its use. …… Instead of answering them, he added, Sidewalk has been distracting people with new prototypes, such as raincoats for buildings.

AI in law enforcement needs clear oversight [FT] When I say “social harms from urban data”  this sums how it happens – The new era of algorithmic surveillance turns every data point into potentially incriminating evidence.

The Committee On Banking, Housing, And Urban Affairs  [live stream]  will meet in OPEN SESSION to conduct a hearing on ““Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy.”  The witnesses will be: Mr. Peter Chase, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States;Mr. Jay Cline, Privacy and Consumer Protection Leader, Principal, PwC US; and Mr. Maciej Ceglowski, Founder, Pinboar .

Watch one of these hearings if you want to really get depressed. This one was concerning.

PDFs of testimony
Mr. Maciej Ceglowski  Founder Pinboard
Mr. Peter Chase  Senior Fellow The German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
Mr. Jay Cline Privacy And Consumer Protection Leader PwC US

Data.Index to get me in the mood for Ryoji Ikeda’s data-verse