A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.

Anitha Chinnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Computing, Coventry University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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People want data privacy but don't always know what they're getting

Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.

Rachel Cummings, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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How we discovered that VR can profile your personality

How much does your virtual reality headset know about your life?

Stephen Fairclough, Professor of Psychophysiology in the School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Digital identity: new UK scheme risks running a repeat of ID card controversy

A digital ID will only work if people are allowed to keep control of their data.

Maureen Meadows, Professor of Strategic Management, Coventry University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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Why we need to know more about the UK government’s COVID-19 data project – and the companies working on it

We don't know what NHSX or its private partners Palantir and Faculty are doing with medical data.

Eerke Boiten, Professor of Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: researchers no longer need consent to access your medical records

The UK government has quietly relaxed a confidentiality law that protects patient health data. Here's why that matters.

Simon Kolstoe, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare and University Ethics Advisor, University of Portsmouth • conversation
May 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Working from home risks online security and privacy – how to stay protected

Beware the #WorkFromHome selfie.

Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

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