After thousands of civilians killed, lawmakers urge Biden to overhaul drone policy

January 20, 2022 by Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams A group of 50 Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Thursday sent a letter to President Joe Biden focusing on the “inexcusable” number of noncombatants killed by drone strikes in the 20-year so-called War on Terror and urging his administration to “review and overhaul” American counterterrorism Read more…

Israeli police spied on citizens using NSO’s Pegasus

January 18, 2022 by Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital privacy advocates were alarmed but not surprised Tuesday by a report alleging that police in Israel used NSO’s Pegasus spyware against Israeli citizens, including opponents of former right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Calcalist, the special operations cyber unit of Israel’s Read more…

‘To benefit humanity,’ all 193 UNESCO members adopt ethical AI guidelines

November 26, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Tech ethicists on Friday applauded after all 193 member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization adopted the first global framework agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence, which acknowledges that “AI technologies can be of Read more…

Outrage over $10 billion ‘giveaway of galactic proportions’ to Bezos in NDAA

November 17, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Progressives on Wednesday slammed what they called a proposed $10 billion handout to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—the world’s first multi-centibillionaire—in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act as a “giveaway of galactic proportions” in the face of growing Read more…

Palestinians condemn Israel surveillance revelations as ‘organized state terrorism’

November 8, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Activists from Palestinian groups recently designated “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s government expressed outrage and resolve Monday following revelations that their phones were hacked with Pegasus spyware, and amid the exposure of a sweeping facial recognition surveillance campaign Read more…

Twitter admits algorithm favors right-wing politicians

October 22, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Contrary to claims by former U.S. President Donald Trump and other right-wing politicians and pundits that Twitter favors posts by liberals, new internal research shared Thursday by the social media titan showed that conservative tweets received greater algorithmic amplification Read more…

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