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Avi Asher-Schapiro

Video games seen becoming a new frontier in digital rights

Jul 30 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Critical digital rights battles over privacy, free speech and anonymity are increasingly being fought in video games, a growing market that is becoming a "new political arena," experts and insiders said on Thursday.

Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans

Jul 27 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted a rare opportunity for Native American communities to address a lack of critical internet access, supporters and elected officials say, by missing a deadline to obtain free broadband licenses from the government.

Global exam grading algorithm under fire for suspected bias

Jul 21 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Colorado high school student Isabel Castaneda checked her final grades for the International Baccalaureate program in July, she was shocked.

ANALYSIS-Good business or digital bias? The divisive rise of 'proptech'

Jul 15 2020

NEW YORK, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Fabian Rogers first heard that his landlord wanted to install facial recognition cameras at the entrance of his New York City building, the recent university graduate was suspicious.

Firings at U.S. non-profit spark concern among digital rights activists

Jul 02 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Digital rights groups fear they are losing a crucial source of support as President Donald Trump's administration consolidates control over a government-backed non-profit that bolsters internet freedom projects around the world.

As bosses embrace tech to monitor remote workers, can privacy endure?

Jun 25 2020

MILAN/NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a client asked Los Angeles-based graphic designer Lea to install software that would count her keystrokes, track the websites she visited and take screenshots to keep tabs on her work, she felt uneasy.

California city bans predictive policing in U.S. first

Jun 24 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As officials mull steps to tackle police brutality and racism, California's Santa Cruz has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing, which digital rights experts said could spark similar moves across the country.

'Lost memories': War crimes evidence threatened by AI moderation

Jun 19 2020

NEW YORK/AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From bombings and protests to the opening of a new health center, student journalist Baraa Razzouk has been documenting daily life in Idlib, Syria, for years, and posting the videos to his YouTube account.

In a U.S. first, California city set to ban predictive policing

Jun 19 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As pressure mounts to address police brutality and racism, California's Santa Cruz is poised to become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing - despite headquartering the firm that pioneered the technology.

'Birds on the wire'? Concerns over Mexico cell phone surveillance

Jun 12 2020

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a sunny morning dozens of protesters reeling from the coronavirus pandemic gathered in Mexico City's central square to demand financial support, while workers rushed by with their heads buried in their phones.

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