“The technology behind the internet is not incompatible with our rights, but the business model Facebook and Google have chosen is.”

Yep, that’s Amnesty International saying that.

amnesty.org/en/latest/news/201

“In short, if left unaddressed, conscious or unconscious emotional bias can perpetuate stereotypes and assumptions at an unprecedented scale.”

hbr.org/2019/11/the-risks-of-u

“By rooting out bias in technology, these Black women engineers, professors and government experts are on the front lines of the civil rights movement of our time.”

essence.com/feature/these-blac

“It's a complete anomaly -- a solidly performing, decently priced device that just isn't suited for anyone because of the privacy concerns and increasingly alarming issues plaguing the social networking site.”

cnet.com/news/no-one-should-bu

Ah Brighton, you’re exactly as I remember you. Dark, wet and with terrible mobile signal. Very glad to be back ☺️

“We need lawmakers and regulators to help protect our children, our cognitive capabilities, our public square and our democracy by creating guardrails and rules to deal directly with the incentives and business models of these platforms and the societal harms they are causing.”

washingtonpost.com/outlook/201

“You are building an infrastructure that can be later co-opted in undesirable ways by large multinationals and state surveillance apparatus…”

theguardian.com/technology/201

As I’m approaching my mid-thirties, I thought it was about time I had my first ever professional hair cut… now I feel like a Hollywood person. (Nobody told me how luxurious it feels to have another person wash your hair!)

“That trans and gender nonconforming people are excluded from or subjugated to information systems is a phenomenon [Anna Lauren Hoffmann] labels data violence…”

slate.com/technology/2019/10/g

One very large cup of coffee down, I made it to Accessibility Scotland. Now got the whole day to get nervous for my talk, as I’m closing!

“There is no time to waste. Authoritarian surveillance programs are always used to target the most vulnerable and marginalized, and facial recognition enables the automation of oppression.”

buzzfeednews.com/article/evang

Good morning Edinburgh. I’ve been awake for far too long, but I found some good coffee and I’m looking forward to Accessibility Scotland tomorrow!

“For black students, and students with disabilities, who already face a disproportionate amount of harsh disciplinary measures, the introduction of new kinds of surveillance may be especially harmful, privacy experts said.”

“Unlike gun control, Marlow said, ‘Surveillance is politically palatable, and so they’re pursuing surveillance as a way you can demonstrate action, even though there’s no evidence that it will positively impact the problem.’”

“Some people think that technology is magic, that artificial intelligence will save us,” Vance said. “A lot of the questions and a lot of the privacy concerns haven’t [been] thought of, let alone addressed.”

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct

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