Legal

Dark Web

Terrorism

Organised Crime

Privacy

Investigatory Powers

Journalistic License

Rise of The Robots

Machine Ethics

Robot Rights

Silicone Supersession

Drones


Dark Web

Terrorism

Increasingly sophisticated terrorist groups/networks now harness the dark web in order to relatively securely and anonymously spread their poisonous propaganda, recruit, resupply, and plan and coordinate operations | wsj.com

Organised Crime

Weapons
Narcotics
Prostitution
Money Laundering

Online black markets and cryptocurrencies have opened up new and relatively accessible money laundering avenues, whilst also rendering related law enforcement extremely difficult and time consuming | wired.co.uk

Online gambling platforms have also been highlighted as a major channel through which organised crime is able to filter funds | latimes.com
 

Privacy

Investigatory Powers

UK ‘Snoopers Charter’

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, formerly the Draft Communications Data Bill, has divided opinion across the political spectrum. Although proposals have been somewhat watered down, quite what powers of digital intrusion the establishment ought to yield, and when, remain contentious

Encryption

Security agency personnel have been making the case against the encryption of private data ever more strongly in recent years e.g. in the context of the insidious rise of the dark web

However, many people feel that proposals such as government agencies gaining a ‘backdoor’ into encrypted data would represent an unwarranted breach of privacy, leave protocols wide open to third party (hacker) exploitation, and that such concessions constitute something of a ‘slippery slope’ | time.com

Journalistic License

UK Data Breaches

The News International Phone Hacking Scandal opened the lid on widespread morally dubious personal data breaches effected in the name of ‘journalism’

This controversy culminated in the 2011-2012 Leveson Enquiry, with the Leveson Report concluding that the behaviour of the press had, at times, been “outrageous”, that the close connections between political and media elites were inappropriate, and that a new, self-regulation body – independent of serving editors, government, and business – should be established | bbc.co.uk

The Press Recognition Panel was subsequently established, to verify the various self-regulatory bodies that would emerge post-Leveson, including, and principally, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) – to which most national/regional newspapers signed up | theguardian.com

Many disaffected stakeholders e.g. the group Hacked Off, remain dissatisfied with the apparent lack of progress in ensuring that the UK press operates with transparency and is suitably accountable for their actions – with some going as far as to accuse bodies such as the IPSO of being “fake” | bbc.co.uk
 

Rise of The Robots

Machine Ethics

The evolution of evermore sophisticated forms of (mechanised) artificial intelligence (AI) raises questions regarding the ethics of artificial intelligence. One such issue that has been thrown up is machine ethics, the ethical nature of the operation or ‘behaviour’ of AI entities | bbc.co.uk

Robot Rights

Roboethics represents the flipside concern e.g. the ethics of human activity with regard to the design,  construction, use and treatment of such entities

One of the chief concerns of this organisation regarding AI is the prospect that:

  1. Machine ethics may fall short of promoting, protecting, and sustaining human/animal welfare and related ecosystems
  2. Roboethics may lead to a demand for rights for AI entities comparable to those afforded to similarly cognisant biological species
  3. Given the protections afforded to them, robots may be able to operate with relative impunity and thus the capacity of mankind to intervene to prevent problems associated with their programming may be significantly, perhaps disastrously, curtailed

Silicone Supersession

Prof Stephen Hawking has warned that tech will be used to oppress the masses, and supress dissent, and that once artificial intelligence (AI) reaches a certain level it could be GAME OVER for mankind | bbc.co.uk

Drones

In the context of the above, the advent and proliferation of drones and robots should be of concern to all, and not merely as a function of increasingly commonplace breaches of privacy e.g. a la aerial voyeurism, and the growing risk of related aviation tragedies | bbc.co.uk

 


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