New WST White Paper on Privacy

Law has granted individuals some rights over the use of data about them, but data protection rights have not redressed the balance between the individual and the tech giants. A number of approaches aim to augment personal rights to allow individuals to police their own information space, facilitating informational self-determination. This reports reviews this approach to privacy protection, explaining how controls have generally been conceived either as the use of technology to aid individuals in this policing task, or the creation of further legal instruments to augment their powers. It focuses on two recent attempts to secure or support data protection rights, one using technology and the other the law. The former is called Solid, a decentralised platform for linked data, while the latter is a novel application of trust law to develop data trusts in which individuals’ data is managed by a trustee with the individuals as beneficiaries. The report argues that structural impediments make it hard for thriving, diverse ecosystems of Solid apps or data trusts to achieve critical mass – a problem that has traditionally haunted this empowering approach.

New Book by Phil Howard OII WSTNet Lab Director

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives

Philip N. Howard is director of the Oxford Internet Institute and the author of nine books, including Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up, which was praised in the Financial Times as “timely and important.” He is a frequent commentator on the impact of technology on political life, contributing to the New York Times, Financial Times, and other media outlets.

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Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
23 Jun 2020
ISBN:
9780300250206
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
240 pages: 216 x 140 x 22mm

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Fractured Internet: A Wired Article by Hall & O’Hara

WST CEO Prof. Dame Wendy Hall (Southampton University) and long-time collaborator Dr. Kieron O’Hara (Southampton University) have published an article in wired.co.uk about threats to the vision of a global internet.

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Kieron O’Hara is an associate professor in electronics and computer science at the University of Southampton. Wendy Hall is regius professor of computer science at the University of Southampton

Wired Article by Hendler(s)

A new article about AI gender stereotypes by Sharone Horowit-Hendler (SUNY Albany) and their father WST trustee Jim Hendler (RPI) has been published in Wired magazine.

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Sharone Horowit-Hendler is a PhD student in linguistic anthropology at SUNY Albany with an emphasis on gender studies.  Their forthcoming dissertation, Navigating the Binary, is a study of gender presentation in the nonbinary community.

James Hendler is a professor of computer science, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Application at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His most recent book, Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networks and Humanity(Apress, 2017), discusses emerging implications of AI technology.

Phil Howard – Tomorrow’s Leviathan

Phil Howard is the new WSTnet Lab Director for Oxford’s OII (Oxford Internet Institute) and recently gave a distinguished lecture at Southampton’s Web Science Institute (WSI).

Tomorrow’s Leviathan:  Intelligent Machines in a Political World

When will an Artificial Intelligence run for elected office? This may seem like a strange provocation– just an invitation to futurism and speculation. Yet AI systems are rolling out across economic, cultural and political life. Professor Philip Howard explores how AI is changing our experience of politics and rewriting democracy’s “terms of service”.

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Philip Howard is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Statutory Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. His research has demonstrated how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His research and opinion writing has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, and many other international media outlets. Recently, he was awarded the National Democratic Institute’s 2018 “Democracy Prize” and Foreign Policy magazine named him a “Global Thinker” for pioneering the social science of fake news.