What do children and adolescents need on the Internet? Tune into the conference ‘The survival of minors in a data-driven world’

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Being a child or teenager in the digital age is a very different experience from what previous generations had. From a very early age, minors are exposed to the fact that, through the Internet and social networks, their personal data is commercialized, and this use of private information can have consequences for the future that we barely perceive. And, like adults, they also suffer from some of the most harmful effects of the Internet, such as false information or the creation of information bubbles. In this, the big tech companies do not discriminate: the algorithm knows virtually nothing about being of legal age.  

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The challenge of mixing ethics with algorithms

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Development of the fourth industrial revolution, with the continual expansion of big data, artificial intelligence and algorithms, poses enormously important challenges that far transcend the world of technology. A new society is being shaped that requires a new social pact, based on an ethical commitment in the use of algorithms, with full respect for fundamental human rights and adaptation of these basic protections to the digital environment. 

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The Uber files: leaked documents reveal a strategy of chaos – has anything changed?

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Uber has had a controversial history since its founding in 2009, from violent conflicts among drivers to a secret software allegedly used to evade law enforcement. Now, a leak of over 124,000 documents dubbed the Uber files shows the extent to which the firm under co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick capitalised on that chaos to expand across 40 countries.

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What if the Google search engine unjustly harms a person’s reputation? Keys to ‘the right to be forgotten’

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The Spanish Constitutional Court has just endorsed, in a judgment on June 27, 2022, what is known as the ‘right to be forgotten’, declaring previous decisions in regard to this by the Supreme Court and the National High Court to be unconstitutional. Thus, the Constitutional Court has positioned itself in support of arguments made by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), which in turn protected a Spanish businessperson affected by negative comments published in the United States and accessible via the Google search engine.  

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Children and algorithms: this is how we opened the door to online monitoring of students during the pandemic

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We had no choice: Starting in spring 2020, with the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, children all over the world continued their schooling via online classes. And it was, in this dramatic context, a solution; undoubtedly, much better than being away from schooling for months and months due to a lack of means and connectivity. 

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The Digital Markets Act: five key questions

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Following 15 months of negotiations, we’ve got white smoke. On Thursday, March 24, the technicians and experts at the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an  agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Below, we provide a summary of this new regulation by looking at five questions. 

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Consumer rights in the digital age: the mistake of letting your guard down

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Consumer policies don’t usually get much attention from the media or in political debates, yet they affect realities that are the backbone of daily life for most citizens. From the moment we get up to the time we go to bed, we establish consumer relations, sometimes almost unconsciously, in which we have a series of rights.

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“Europeans should feel proud we live on the continent that most respects privacy”

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It’s moving day at the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD in its Spanish abbreviation), as Mar España’s mandate as director, having been appointed in July 2015, is about to end. For this reason, Ana Caballero, Vice President of the European Association for Digital Transition, interviewed España, a top public official who has also worked in the Ombudsman’s Office and the Women’s Institute.

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