MALDITA APP, PersonalData.IO & FACEBOOK TRACKING EXPOSED, WINNERS OF THE CALL FOR TOOLS GRANTS FROM DATA TRANSPARENCY LAB

  • The projects will share € 50,000 to develop their application, all of them on privacy and data transparency
  • The DTL has received in this 5th edition about 50 proposals from 17 countries, among which have participated for the first time Argentina, Colombia, Turkey and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Barcelona, november 17th 2018.- The winning projects of the “Call for Tools” grants have been announced at the 5th edition of the Data Transparency Lab (DTL) Conference at Telefónica Barcelona. The awarded projects have been PersonalData.IO, a collaborative tool to display data records on a map; Facebook Tracking Exposed, a project to improve the transparency behind Facebook’s algorithms; and Maldita App, a mobile application to fight against misinformation and promote transparency through the confirmation of facts and journalistic techniques.

The three selected projects will split € 50,000 to develop their applications, related to transparency and management of personal data and will get, for six months, the technical support of Telefónica CDO professionals.

This edition has received almost fifty proposals from 17 countries. Argentina, Colombia, Turkey and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been some of the countries that have participated for the first time. The three winning projects come from Spain (Maldita App), Italy (Facebook Tracking Exposed) and Switzerland (PersonalData.IO).

At the DTL Conference experts such as Gemma Galdón, founder and director of Ethics Research & Consulting; María José Rementería, Team Leader of the Social Link Analytics group of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center; Pablo Aragón, researcher at Eurecat and Pompeu Fabra University; Juan Pablo Bellido, editor of the Comunica / Social Innovation group, and Elena Poughia, director of Dataconomy, have discussed about the ethical uses of data.

The debate has deepened the importance of disinformation in social networks today, noting that there are platforms that manipulate our newsfeed with algorithms whose functioning is unknown, warning that the danger is not the technology itself, but the humans who develop it.

Also, in the event the winning projects of last years’ grants have been presented. Among the most outstanding, the tool that Berkeley University has developed to detect how applications share sensitive data and that allows the identification of possible location tracking and even unfair commercial practices. For its part, Pompeu Fabra University unveiled its fair search ranking tool, while Northeastern University showed the app with which users can explore how their data is being aggregated by Facebook and its partners.

Taking a stand for innovation and search for new talent, María José Cantarino, Project Manager of DTL and Talent and Aura Contents Manager of Telefónica, presented the awarded projects of the Challenge based on cybersecurity, machine learning and big data. The winners were Enrique Andrade for his proposal ‘JavaScript Analysis Web Security’; Daniel Carretero with ‘Business Predictive Insights’; and Verónica Hernández, who proposes a tool that analyzes the influence of air pollution on human health.

Moreover, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, responsible for the Unit “Big Data for Social Good” of LUCA, the data unit of Telefónica, has announced the launch of a Hackathon aimed at developing tools and algorithms to detect and mitigate unfair discrimination cases due to the use and implementation of AI and identify datasets that contain biases that affect protected groups by its ethnic origin, religious beliefs, data related to sexuality or health. Participants can submit their proposals until December 15 to get prizes of up to €1,500. For more information on the call: https://datatransparencylab.org/en/dtl2018/hackathon/

   

 

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