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IFIP Gears Up for WSIS Forum in April

IFIP and its professional practice arm, IP3, will contribute to international thinking on critical issues relating to Artificial Intelligence and Society when the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) Forum convenes in Geneva from 8-12 April 2019. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is a global United Nations (UN) multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). April’s event will be the 10th Anniversary of the inaugural WSIS Forum. IFIP will stage three events at WSIS Forum 2019, each organised and presented by key members of IP3: its Chair, Moira de Roche of South Africa, Deputy Chair, Yuko Murayama of Japan, and Board member, Raymond Morel of Switzerland. The IP3 events include a thematic workshop on Monday 8th April to showcase issues relating to: “Media and Information Literacy empowered by Artificial Intelligence for Diversity and Disaster” and on April 11th there will be a workshop exploring the topic: “As Innovative 4.0 Technologies including AI and algorithmic decision-making bring economic and societal benefits in many areas of our human endeavours, how do we maximise the benefits without exposing our Society to unnecessary consequences and risks?” Given the global audience and involvement of significant players from key bodies ranging from ITU and UNESCO to the World Health Organisation and UNHCR, the WSIS Forum is always a major opportunity for IFIP leaders to influence and lead debate on how best to implement the SDGs. ...

AI for Good Global Summit

The third annual Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Global Summit (AIGGS), will take place from 28 to 31 May 2019 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally the brainchild of IFIP stalwart, Stephen Ibaraki, the event is organized by ITU in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and over 30 sister United Nations (UN) agencies. The aim of the 2019 Summit is to connect AI innovators with problem owners to accelerate progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure the trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI and equitable access to its benefits. The 2019 event will build on outcomes from the 2017 and 2018 Summits to focus on practical AI solutions that are able to yield long-term benefits. Information relating to the event, including registration, confirmed speakers and exhibitors, sponsorship, partners and more is available on the event’s website at: https://aiforgood.itu.int/.   Speaker, exhibitor and sponsor nomination information is available here: https://aiforgood.itu.int/speak-exhibit-form/....

France Fines Google €50 Million Over GDPR

The French Government has slapped Google with a 50 million Euro fine for breaching Europe’s tough new data protection rules. In imposing the fine, France’s top data-privacy agency, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), ruled that tech titan Google had violated the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation in two ways. CNIL found that Google violated the obligations of transparency and information in the collection and use of user data, and breached the obligation to have a legal basis for ads personalisation processing. The severity of the fine is justified by the seriousness of the breaches and the fact it “is not a one-off, time-limited, infringement”, the agency said. “This is the first time that the CNIL applies the new sanction limits provided by the GDPR,” the agency said in a statement. “The amount decided, and the publicity of the fine, are justified by the severity of the infringements observed regarding the essential principles of the GDPR: transparency, information and consent.” According to the French data agency, the information Google provides to users on the use of their data is “not easily accessible”. “Essential information, such as the data processing purposes, the data storage periods or the categories of personal data used for the ads personalisation, are excessively disseminated across several documents, with buttons and links on which it is required to click to access complementary information,” it said. Some of the information provided by Google is also “not always clear nor comprehensive”, and the purposes provided for data processing are described in a “too generic and vague manner”. The CNIL also ruled that Google does not validly obtain the consent of users for ads personalisation processing because they are “not sufficiently informed”. It said that the information provided by Google for ads personalisation is “diluted” and “does not enable the user to be aware of their extent”. While the agency acknowledged that Google users can modify some options and change the display of personalised ads, it said that the ads personalisation options is pre-ticked as a default, and a user has to agree to Google’s terms of services in full, when they should have to give consent distinctly for each purpose. These dual infringements “deprive the users of essential guarantees regarding processing operations that can reveal important parts of their private life since they are based on a huge amount of data, a wide variety of services and almost unlimited possible combinations”, the CNIL said. The GDPR came into effect in May last year, and the CNIL opened its investigation into Google on the same day. It has also filed complaints against fellow tech giant Facebook. The GDPR is a global data protection and security standard that is making ripples around the world, and changing the way that tech companies approach big data. The GDPR requires a platform to give users a full and clear picture of the data that is collected on them, and a simple way for users to give full and informed consent to the collection and use of their data....

DATE 2019, March 25 to 29, Florence, Italy

The Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference is an international venue for system-level hardware and software implementation down to integrated circuit design. Scheduled keynote speakers are Jürgen Bortolazzi (Porsche), Claudio Giorgione,(Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci), David Pellerin (Amazon), and Edward A. Lee (University of California, Berkeley)....

HRI 2019, March 11 to 14, Daegu, Korea

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction attracts researchers from around the world to present and exchange ideas about the latest theories, technology, data, and videos furthering the state of the art in human-robot interaction. Keynote speakers are Kyu Jin Cho (Seoul National University); Janet Vertesi (Princeton University); musician and music researcher Jangwon Lee; and Gil Weinberg (Georgia Tech)....

CHIIR 2019, March 10 to 14, Glasgow, Scotland

The ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on the user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval, including approaches to design and evaluation of systems for information access, retrieval, and use. Scheduled speakers are Ranjitha Kumar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniela Petrelli (Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK), and Kirsten Urquhart (Young Scot)....

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