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AI in Asia: AI for Social Good

  AGENDA 6TH MARCH 2017: PUBLIC CONFERENCE 9:15 am  Registration commences Chair: Toshie Takahashi, Professor of Waseda University, Local Organiser 9:45 am  Welcome remarks Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub Prof. Kazuaki Ueno, Director, Research Institute for Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University 10:00 am Opening Keynote: Dr. Yutaka Matsuo, University of Tokyo  10:30[…]

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The Pervasive Technologies Project

Digital Asia Hub and the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) co-hosted a team from the Center for Internet and Society(CIS), Bangalore, on February 23, 2017 at JMSC, HKU, to share insights from their Pervasive Technologies Project. The Pervasive Technologies project is a 3 year old research collaboration between the Centre for Internet[…]

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The Data Protection Convention that We All Need

Once upon a time, in a faraway land (Europe), some countries decided that it would be worth setting in stone (in an international treaty) the protection of persons when information on them were being used (automatically processed by computer). The Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic[…]

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Saving Face 2.0: 8 Simple Rules for Surviving China’s New Rating System

While China’s new surveillance policy purports to be a “credit system,” it in fact considers nearly every aspect of public and private behaviour in determining each citizen’s social score. These data points are not random, and have historical and cultural significance to the Chinese people, including the concept of “saving face,” or maintaining a good[…]

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Data Privacy about more than Privacy

It is often forgotten that laws concerning data privacy serve purposes other than protecting privacy alone. Research conducted by this writer in New Zealand over the last decade has conclusively established in the first place that the vast majority (around 80% in one study) of litigation brought under the Privacy Act 1993 (the Act) was[…]

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Data protection: How are attitudes to disclosure changing? 

As more of our personal data is held in centralized, remote storage, it has become a tempting target for law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  Through various investigatory powers, these government agencies can demand that social media companies, e-mail providers, ISPs, and other intermediaries turn over sensitive records and message content.  Are governments abusing their investigatory[…]