Tagged: human rights

‘Please Alexa’: are we beginning to recognise the rights of intelligent machines? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 22, 2018

Paresh Kathrani, University of Westminster Amazon has recently developed an option whereby Alexa will only activate if people address it with a “please”. This suggests that we are starting to recognise some intelligent machines in a way that was previously reserved only for humans. In fact, this could very well be the first step towards recognising the … Read More

How Facebook could really fix itself - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 05, 2018

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Facebook has a world of problems. Beyond charges of Russian manipulation and promoting fake news, the company’s signature social media platform is under fire for being addictive, causing anxiety and depression, and even instigating human rights … Read More

Red Zone: Property rights are human rights - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 07, 2016

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission says that property rights need to be protected in the Bill of Rights. I couldn’t agree more enthusiastically. The report is about what the government did to people in Christchurch’s Red Zone. The land around the Avon River was a mess after the quakes. The government decided that the simplest thing … Read More

Climate justice and its role in the Paris Agreement - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 22, 2016

By Anika Molesworth, Deakin University Climate change is one of the principal threats to quality – and equality – of life on our planet. Beyond environmental problems, climate change threatens food security, water availability, health, housing and self-determination. In essence, it confronts our basic liberties and pursuit of happiness. But the burden of climate change impacts is … Read More

A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 05, 2015

Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his ‘unpatriotic’ views At last – something sensible from an American perspective on the Ukrainian crisis and the new cold war. The trouble is – it’s a minority viewpoint and no-one in power seems to be listening. Similar articles … Read More

Social health policies, freedom of choice and responsibility - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 05, 2015

Social health policies inevitably raise the issue of the individual’s freedom of choice. While debates around these policies often concentrate on questions of fact, scientific consensus and reliability of evidence, these tend to be surrogates for the underlying values issues. To … Continue reading → … Read More