ICO and DPC Guidance Regarding Children’s Data and the Services aimed at Children

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Information Commissioners Office of the UK and the Data Protection Commission of Ireland recognise the special need for protecting the children and children’s data, including in the context of concerns around such data being used for various commercial purposes. Based on the principles of the GDPR, both authorities issued their guidance or set of standards […]

Understanding vulnerability to inform two-way inclusive COVID-19 communication

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In this paper, the authors examine how there is a need to understand the concept of vulnerability and the information needs of vulnerable individuals, groups and communities through an intersectional lens in order to develop inclusive communication that is accessible to different groups. Two-way communication and ongoing interaction are a necessary step in ensuring that […]

Poking Holes: Distributed Ambivalence and Aesthetics in Sound Networks

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Amid the current pandemic (COVID-19) disembodied presence has emerged as the new norm, revealing a world increasingly entangled with the technological and conceptual paradigm of the network. In this scenario, it is crucial to reconsider core axioms of the pervasive connectionist credo, acknowledging the empty space that a network subtends, the hollowness of its lattice, […]

A Surfeit of Data and the Importance of Explainability for Defence

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The defence sector is well aware of the strategic and operational benefits of harnessing big data. Both in kinetic and non-kinetic contexts, big data can provide mission critical information that can save lives and keep people safe.   Over the past few years, the high volume of data generated by military actors, NGOS, and human security stakeholders has reached almost overwhelming levels. As […]

Data in Crisis: anticipating risk, vulnerability, and resilience through communication infrastructures

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This paper explores the implications of having interactions around crises progressively based in data and their infrastructures. Drawing on applied research from multidisciplinary projects to design data infrastructures to support collaboration and situational awareness in crises, we explore how these infrastructures become fundamental to how crisis communication and governance can and does work. In the […]

Pulling In and Pushing Out: Crowdfunding Regulation and Financial Inclusion in Mexico

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Financial technologies (FinTech) promise to democratize financial services by lowering the threshold for access and including marginalized communities who have traditionally been neglected as potential customers. The honorable goal is luring policymakers towards FinTech to increase rates financial of inclusion. However, before hopes are fully placed on technology, it is important to consider how these […]

Regulating after the GDPR: Proposed changes to the role of the ICO

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In Sept 2021 the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced proposals to reform UK data protection legislation. The key changes are focused on making data protection compliance more streamlined and reducing burdens on organisations. However, it also includes proposed changes to the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and its […]