Mozilla has published its third annual report on the health of the Internet in 2019, which lists three problems that became widespread in 2018: Internet censorship by some governments, abuse of biometric identification mechanisms and injustices arising from AI.
According to their calculations, in 2018 there were 188 documented Internet outages worldwide and a new form of repression is emerging, the “Internet slowdown,” whereby governments make tasks like sending a tweet last hours in some countries.
Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report also denounces the abuse of biometrics through techniques such as facial recognition, and warns that “digital identification profiles often benefit governments and private actors, not individuals”.
As well, the Firefox company asserts that “the AI is widening the injustices”, especially with its use by governments. This technology used in law enforcement, banking, hiring, and advertising often “discriminates against women and people of color because of erroneous data, false assumptions, and lack of audits.
But it’s not all bad news, according to Mozilla, last year there was a “positive number of trends” showing how the Internet is becoming “healthier” in this period. It highlights, among other aspects, data protection policies such as the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union.