Noteworthy Information
Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance

It's time to shed light on the technical methods and business practices behind third-party tracking. For journalists, policy makers, and concerned consumers, this paper will demystify the fundamentals of third-party tracking, explain the scope of the problem, and suggest ways for users and legislation to fight back against the status quo.

This is how we evolve digital trust with MyData

From MyData ideology to practice of self-sovereign identity.

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

Here's the next jumbo data leak, complete with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles.

Money is not the only reward for sharing data online

Sharing data altruistically on digital platforms in the health sector or in research-related environments is seen as contributing to the common good, according to a new report by the Esade Institute for Social Innovation entitled My Data, My Rules: From data extractivism to digital empowerment. The study focuses on digital empowerment and analyses 13 case studies in which people have control over their personal data, with particular emphasis on the experiences of Digital Estonia, Cozy Cloud and MIDATA.coop.

Advertising: Real-Time Bidding vs. General Data Protection Regulation

As soon as 2020, the media industry could find itself with its main monetization channel shut down, yet few seem to be working on an alternative. The seeming inaction of most media owners, despite continuing and specific warnings from regulators, is dangerous and hard to comprehend.

Building Collective Momentum to Challenge the Ad Tech Industry

This story is the first of a series on how civil society organisations and activists are using the GDPR (and similar data protection legislation) to advance rights and strengthen their work.

Call for Papers for the 2020 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT 2020)

The third annual ACM FAT Conference brings together researchers and practitioners interested in fairness, accountability, and transparency in socio-technical systems. FAT 2020 has 5 submission tracks reflecting its disciplinary diversity, each with a separate call for papers: #1 - Computer Science; #2 - Law; #3 - Social Sciences and Humanities; #4 - Practice and Experience; #5 - Education. Full paper submission deadline: Aug 22, 2019; Notification date: Oct 31, 2019; Conference: Jan 27-30, 2020

Data Protection and Digital Agency for Refugees

For the millions of refugees fleeing conflict and persecution every year, access to information about their rights and control over their personal data are crucial for their ability to assess risk and navigate the asylum process. While asylum seekers are required to provide significant amounts of personal information on their journey to safety, they are rarely fully informed of their data rights by UN agencies or local border control and law enforcement staff tasked with obtaining and processing their personal information. Despite recent improvements in data protection mechanisms in the European Union, refugees’ informed consent for the collection and use of their personal data is rarely sought.


Questions Asked
EAVI Test

EAVI (an NGO based in Brussels, working on media literacy) has created a test to raise awareness on the role of media in our lives. It's just 10 questions (and I have to admit I only got 2/10 right...)