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On U.S. digital rights, Biden presidency could be 'a real opportunity'

12 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should move fast to protect digital rights by curbing the use of facial recognition and surveillance, regulating big tech and tackling discrimination perpetuated by algorithms, campaigners said this week.

On U.S. digital rights, Biden presidency could be 'a real opportunity'

12 Nov 2020

Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should move fast to protect digital rights by curbing the use of facial recognition and surveillance, regulating big tech and tackling discrimination perpetuated by algorithms, campaigners said this week.

Tech experts voice concerns of gig worker surveillance in pandemic

11 Nov 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing armies of gig workers have little to no say in how they are being monitored during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers and advocates told a conference on Wednesday, calling for better oversight in how tracking tools are deployed.

Tech experts voice concerns of gig worker surveillance in pandemic

11 Nov 2020

LONDON, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing armies of gig workers have little to no say in how they are being monitored during the coronavirus pandemic, researchers and advocates told a conference on Wednesday, calling for better oversight in how tracking tools are deployed.

'Algorithms of oppression': Big tech urged to combat discrimination

11 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly a decade has passed since Safiya Noble googled "Black girls" and found the search results were mostly pornographic - a discovery that drove her to explore how algorithms can perpetuate discrimination and inequality.

'Unfair surveillance'? Online exam software sparks global student revolt

11 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When U.S. law student Areeb Khan tried to sign into the online portal to take his practice bar exam, he was met with a strange message: "Due to poor lighting we are unable to identify your face."

UPDATE 2-'Unfair surveillance'? Online exam software sparks global student revolt

11 Nov 2020

Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When U.S. law student Areeb Khan tried to sign into the online portal to take his practice bar exam, he was met with a strange message: "Due to poor lighting we are unable to identify your face."

FEATURE-'Unfair surveillance'? Online exam software sparks global student revolt

10 Nov 2020

Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When U.S. law student Areeb Khan tried to sign into the online portal to take his practice bar exam, he was met with a strange message: "Due to poor lighting we are unable to identify your face."

U.S. cities back broadband projects as COVID-19 exposes digital divide

06 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Voters in two major U.S. cities have backed proposals for municipal broadband projects that seek to guarantee internet access for residents, as the pandemic highlights a deepening digital divide in the United States.

Gig workers to privacy laws: U.S. voters weigh in on tech issues

05 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From drivers' rights to surveillance and election disinformation, the Nov. 3 U.S. election tested a number of digital rights issues.

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