Showing posts from March, 2019

Follow me, follow you. Follow what you have agreed to is a tad broken.

source : “Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent.”  so is the headline on this # NBC story.   Classic headline for click bate.  IBM released 1 million pictures of faces, intended to help develop fairer face recognition algorithms. This is not a new issue and the bias features in a few very good TED talks so is very real.  However the story was that you  face was scraped directly from #Flickr.  Now the question is all about permission of the subjects rather than this is something we need data for to remove bias.  Data researchers scrape data from the internet (it is public) all the time to train algorithms. Photos are often a fantastic source of image data as the hashtags conveniently correspond to the content of the photos, making it extra easy to generate lab

Why informed consent is more than playing the game of ethics for opt-in or morals for opt-out?

Image: Key message : the simple decision about seeking the right “consent” is currently an unseen delegated authority. There is a need to bring back consent decisions to the board. At the board we need to debate consent in light of the ideals such as “privacy by design” and brand position; given that consistency across a business is now more important than a single commercial decision. - o - As a context, much of the classic(al) thinking and definition(s) of consent are here on wikipedia . There is excellent technical work on consent from Kantara for both the user interface and back office processes based on new consent thinking. In the idea of implementing “privacy by design”, I published this blog exploring the concept of Approval vs Forgiveness as the method of gaining consent when considering, specifically, innovation. We explored that the purity of a positio

Artificial Unintelligence by @merbroussard explores the really important topic "algorithmic accountability reporting"

Follow Meredith Broussard on twitter @merbroussard Highly recommended reading , and if interested also pick up  Weapons of Math Destruction  by Cathy O’Neill  How computers mis understand the world. A great and very accessible book on why understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology help us appreciate that we should never assume that computers will always get it right. It explores the limits of artificial intelligence (AI) and techno-solutionism, furthermore showing how we can easily replicate existing structural inequalities which is not an achievement. --- This beautifully written book by Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally; hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners, that we have stopped demanding that our

The Privacy Policy is dead - the arrival of the surveillance policy.

Thesis : Disrupting the privacy policy to make it do what it says on the tin. we need to shift from the ‘privacy policies’ of companies, which springs from data protection laws, to enabling citizens to gain visibility of what they are signing up to, in regards to their data, and provide ‘privacy’ of individuals, as contemplated by human rights laws . Context Privacy pertains to the person; “privacy” is the state of being free from public attention and unwanted intrusion; Data is not privacy, but data from or about the person can be private or not private depending on how it’s used, who is using it, and who has control of it; In the digital world a person’s privacy policy is like the clothing that one puts on to signal what data they consider private, and what is not private; The view is that companies who respect their customers privacy will be able to build relationships and trust over time - which will create growth, sustainability and deference How: policies that

Agency - philosophy and why it is important for Identity (digital)

define: Agency [the ability to shape the context of one’s life] define: Purpose [the belief that there is something beyond your immediate self that matters] define: Belonging [the belief that there is a context to which you matter in turn] define: Power [practical access to genuine opportunities to shape that context] define: Agree [time gives experience which concludes I accept or understand] Run (life) TIME = 0 REPEAT  Agency AND (Purpose, Belonging, Power) = TRUE; TIME = TIME + 1 UNTIL Agree; THEN Print ("I am therefore I now have Identity") End ------ Start here on the Stanford Site talking about Plato In very general terms, an agent is a being with the capacity to act, and ‘agency’ denotes the exercise or manifestation of this capacity.  The philosophy of action provides us with a standard conception and a standard theory of action. The former construes action in terms of intentionality, the latter explains the intentional

@hartzog challenges control as the goal for privacy. Now need to explore consent in this new context.

Woody Hartzog (Stanford)  ( personal site )  "Control is the wrong goal for privacy by design, perhaps the wrong goal for data protection in general." But isn't control a central tenet of good privacy? It sure is. But it shouldn't be, the author of "Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies" .  While everyone emphasizes "control" of personal data as core to privacy, too much zeal for control dilutes efforts to design information tech correctly. This idealized idea of control is impossible. Control is illusory. It's a shell game.   It's mediated and engineered to produce a particular control. Design is everything. Hear Hartzog's further thoughts in this engaging presentation from Europe's largest privacy thought-leadership event.

using AI to understand AI @thinkmariya


My take on: Your digital identity has three layers, and you can only protect one of them by Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Source My version of the concept is here  from 2009 I would add to this excellent work by  Katarzyna Szymielewicz  that it is not about me and my data and what analysis of my data tells anyone.  It is about all data, and once anything leaves my head it is shared.  There once was a (useful) set of boundaries and limits to the capability that sharing of data could produce; now there is no boundary and no limit. Get the full version  here

Value Alignment Research - stunning visualisation

Source: Value Alignment Research - stunning visualisation The project of creating value-aligned AI is perhaps one of the most important things we will ever do. However, there are open and often neglected questions regarding what is exactly entailed by 'beneficial AI.' Value alignment is the project of one day creating beneficial AI and has been expanded outside of its usual technical context to reflect and model its truly interdisciplinary nature. For value-aligned AI to become a reality, we need to not only solve intelligence, but also the ends to which intelligence is aimed and the social/political context, rules, and policies in and through which this all happens. This landscape synthesizes a variety of AI safety research agendas along with other papers in AI, machine learning, ethics, governance, and AI safety, robustness, and beneficence research. It lays out what technical research threads can help us to create beneficial AI

rethinking Data Science and ethics. #Governance

Source : Data Science Central   By: Jennifer Lewis Priestley love the thinking, however I would put governance at the top and moral's at the bottom, ethics (as group) above morals, then maths & computer science ( as philosophies ) Then algorithms then communications. Why governance at the top, as we need to be accountable and ethics are not accountable.    

Data governance Vs Governance & data

Data Governance is somewhat easier to define using wiki on 17th March 2019 Data governance is a data management concept concerning the capability that enables an organization to ensure that high data quality  exists throughout the complete lifecycle of the data. The key focus areas of data governance include availability, usability, consistency [1] , data integrity and data security and includes establishing processes to ensure effective data management throughout the enterprise such as accountability for the adverse effects of poor data quality and ensuring that the data which an enterprise has can be used by the entire organization. Data governance encompasses the people, processes, and information technology required to create a consistent and proper handling of an organization's data across the business enterprise . It provides all data management practices with the necessary foundation, strategy, and structure needed to ensure that data is managed as an asset and tran

Consent - fabulous resource H2020 project from the EU

Image D1.1 Report on guidelines, standards and initiatives for improving informed consent in the healthcare context. D1.2 Report on gender and age-related issues associated with the acquisition of informed consent. D1.3 Ethical and legal review of the informed consent. D1.4 Ethical issues concerning informed consent in translational/clinical research and vaccination. D1.5 Legal issues concerning informed consent in translational/clinical research and vaccination. D1.6 Patient involvement in vaccine research. D1.7 Socio-cultural, psychological and behavioural perspectives towards informed consent process.

I have a problem when changing culture is the answer!

This title is enough to excite anyone one. " Digital Transformation in Banking Requires Big Cultural Shakeups "  Source: The Financial Brand by Jim Marous The core argument is that: to succeed, banks and credit unions must support the elimination of silos, be willing to embrace risk, and have an obsessive focus on the needs of the consumer. ----- I have been saying for a while " that the next victim of digital will be the hierarchy " but I am more than every convinced that the first issue we need to address is consistency in data. Let me explain.  Do we trust the CFO for finance.  Yes we do but we verify.  We get and use b/s, p/l and cash flow as tools to help backed by faith in the accounting software and access controls.  We get reporting to the board in reports and use committees for SAP, remuneration and audit, then we have external audit for full verification.  We had consistency in finance and this gave us a culture.  So do we tru

what @fastcompany does not tell you about data portability and the data brokers

Source: FASTCOMPANY   - great articles, but wh at the article doesn't talk to is data portability and where to port your data to.  Then when it is there how you can be either in control of it or even more at threat.   Why write about FUD when there are solutions - oh yes click bate and the advertising model.... how do break the loop? What the article doesn't talk to is data portability and where to port your data to.  Then when it is there how you can be either in control of it or even more at threat.

Is this what moving banking now looks like: Open Banking comes of age @annboden

I have been a long term NatWest customer.  A long time ago Barclays, whom I first opened an account with refused to give me a loan for my MBA.  I walked into the next branch and that was NatWest.  A short time later a loan approved and I moved banks.  To keep life easy over time I opted to open business accounts with NatWest as it saved all the time for proofs and documentation.  During the joyous 2008 financial problems, NatWest post government help had to sell on their business banking.  Hence the mess I am now in.  Accounts everywhere.  I have gone from one login, one app, one ID to many apps, many logins including many NatWest versions, which all now don't work as their cookie policy is a mess and leaves all sorts of nasty follow/ remember me stuff.  "have come to love and value incognito"  To aid me in a new decision I had a lovely email this morning.  " We originally planned to do this by setting up a new bank – Williams & Glyn – which you were du