AI & Human Rights Newsletter 21 November 2022

Greetings all. Our weekly roundup is below. The story I find most interesting this week is the Guardian’s piece on AI generated academic essays. Without proof, this is definitely something I suspect I’ve seen this year (quite a lot). It is, of course, worrying at one level, but also incredibly difficult to prove, which makes the whole marking process super frustrating.

I’d also flag this story, on the London Mayor’s office proposing to use data and analytics to improve the city – few details as of yet, although there is a mailing list. Using data and analytics, in particular for crime-related issues, will likely throw up a number of human rights considerations, and issues to do with the legal basis for such measures remain unresolved.


‘Feeding the world by AI, machine learning and the cloud’, MIT Technology Review

‘Consequences of Using AI-Based Decision-Making Support Systems for Affected Populations’, Autonorms

‘Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A ‘Brainless’ Robot’, New York Times

‘Why Synthetic Data Is Key To Paving the Way for Smart Cities’, Spiceworks 

‘Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?’, Wall Street Journal

‘Italy outlaws facial recognition tech, except to fight crime’, Reuters

Why don’t robots have rights? A lawyer’s response’, Mind Matters

‘AI diversity scoring system could help root out algorithmic bias’, New Scientist

‘Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown’, WIRED

‘Tatum is building a robot arm to help people with deafblindness communicate’, TechCrunch

‘‘Part of the kill chain’: how can we control weaponised robots?’, The Guardian

‘The racing drone that could kill’, The Washington Post

‘‘Full-on robot writing’: the artificial intelligence challenge facing universities’, The Guardian

‘Flexible AI computer chips promise wearable health monitors that protect privacy’, The Conversation

‘Intel says it can sort the living human beings from the deepfakes in real time’, The Register

‘Waymo turns its driverless cars into roving weather stations’, The Register

‘Channel 4 – human rights abusing surveillance tech used by at least 11 police forces in the UK’, Big Brother Watch

‘Submission to the Commission of Jurists on the Brazilian Artificial Intelligence Bill’, Privacy International


‘The Impact of Blockchains for Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law’, Council of Europe

Journal Articles

*Disclaimer: The selected articles and chapters were not evaluated for their research methods and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AI & Human Rights Blog

‘Predicting politicians’ misconduct: Evidence from Colombia’, Jorge Gallego, Mounu Prem and Juan F Vargas, Data & Policy 

‘Ensuring AI explainability in healthcare: problems and possible policy solutions’, Tatiana de Campos Aranovich and Rita Matulionyte, Information & Communications Technology Law 

‘Ethical Tensions in Applications of AI for Addressing Human Trafficking: A Human Rights Perspective’, Julia Deeb-Swihart, Alex Endert, and Amy Bruckman, Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 

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