[Video] The New York Times: China’s Surveillance State Is Growing. These Documents Reveal How.

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[Podcast] Yves Moreau: AI and ethics: Do they go together?

If you ask Yves Moreau, we are drunk teenagers losing control of the car we are driving – at least when it comes to artificial intelligence. The 2023 Einstein Foundation Individual Award winner studies biomedical DNA data and describes himself as a “concerned scientist.” In this metaphor-packed episode of #AskDifferent, he describes the cultural shift he would like to see regarding the way we deal with artificial intelligence, how he helped push prestigious scientific journals to retract articles, and what the future holds for ethical standards in technological engineering.

[Webinar] Meet the 2023 Einstein Foundation Award winners

Meet the 2023 winners of the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research: On November 20, 2023 we invited viewers to a virtual Meet & Greet with Yves Moreau (winner of the Individual Award), the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) (Institutional Award), and Anne Gärtner (Responsible Research Assessment Initiative, Winner Early Career Award). The event was hosted by Patrick Forscher (Early Career Award Finalist 2021) and the Secretary of the Einstein Foundation Award, Ulrich Dirnagl.

[Radio] U.S. lifts sanctions on Chinese police institute accused of human rights abuses

YVES MOREAU: Population genetics is trying to understand how populations vary across the world. I mean, obviously, we can just look at people's faces across the world, and we see, well, there are differences. And so trying to understand the link between the changes, subtle changes in genetics. FENG: That's population genetics. And China's Institute of Forensic Science, as it's called, which studies this, is run by the Ministry of Public Security, China's equivalent of the FBI. It is beefing up its genetic sequencing capabilities, trying to differentiate ethnic groups within China from their DNA found at crime scenes. Moreau found documentation showing this. MOREAU: This was very surprising. The extent of purchases, the procurement efforts were very, very substantial.

[Radio] Wetenschappers zetten gevaren AI naast die van kernoorlog: "Weten niet genoeg wat de impact is van recente doorbraken"

Een groep bedrijfsleiders en wetenschappers heeft dinsdag opgeroepen om van "het risico van uitsterven door artificiële intelligentie" een wereldwijde prioriteit te maken, "naast andere maatschappijrisico's zoals pandemieën en kernoorlogen". Yves Moreau, professor aan de KU Leuven, gespecialiseerd in artificiële intelligentie in de genetica, heeft het statement ook ondertekend. Hij legt uit waarom.

[Panel] China's DNA Steal: Thermo Fisher and the Ethics of DNA Collection in Tibet

As part of a 'HANDS OFF TIBETANS' DNA' Global Week of Action an expert panel of researchers, scientists and activists will discuss the ethics of mass DNA collection in Tibet, primarily focusing on breaking down Thermo Fisher's corporate responsibility and their involvement in China’s newest attack on Tibetan identity. Panelists will be discussing issues of privacy and consent, including how this DNA sampling and collection is being used to reinforce systemic racism and discrimination by China against Tibetans.

[Video] Concerns raised about China’s gene giant in UK universities

Chinese genomics giant, BGI Group, which runs the state-owned national gene bank, is believed to have significant and long-standing ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s military. In recent years, twenty major UK universities have received over £40 million from state-linked Chinese companies. Other universities have previously had commercial links with BGI subsidiaries, it is claimed. However, Exeter University which has a running contract with a BGI subsidiary involving data

[Video] Grand Débat: Le tracking dans la stratégie de "déconfinement" belge

Au sommaire de Grand Débat du jeudi 16 avril 2020 : • La technologie de tracking peut-elle nous aider plus efficacement dans le "déconfinement" ? • Plusieurs pays comme la Corée du Sud ou Singapour ont déjà utilisé des applications de localisation • En quoi consiste ces applications ? • La vie privée est-elle mise de côté avec ce système de tracking ? • Qui va développer cette stratégie en Belgique ? • Où notre pays en est-il dans l'élaboration de cette technologie ?
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