Tagged: law

Call for independent watchdog to monitor NZ government use of artificial intelligence - Guest Work

Guest Author May 27, 2019

John Zerilli, University of Otago and Colin Gavaghan, University of Otago New Zealand is a leader in government use of artificial intelligence (AI). It is part of a global network of countries that use predictive algorithms in government decision making, for anything from the optimal scheduling of public hospital beds to whether an offender should … Read More

What might appear to be common sense is not always based on scientific evidence - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 25, 2018

James A. T. Lancaster, The University of Queensland This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The term “evidence” has a fascinating linguistic and social history – and it’s a good reminder that even today the truth of scientific evidence depends on it being presented in a convincing way. As recent climate … Read More

It’s not my fault, my brain implant made me do it… - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 17, 2018

Laura Y. Cabrera, Michigan State University and Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Michigan State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes. The link between the two? … Read More

The Journalist and the Murderer - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 17, 2018

‘Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.’ This is the opening line of Janet Malcolm’s sharp, analytical book The Journalist and the Murderer. Published in 1983, the book still challenges journalists these days. Malcolm is a cunning, insightful journalist. Read More

Public opinion of gene editing and enhancement - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 21, 2017

What if we could fix a kid’s genetic disease, cure them for their lifetime? What if we make that for all of their children, forever? Or enhance humans to be genetically better? What’s your opinion of gene editing and enhancement? A survey asked what people thought. Participants gave a green light for adult gene therapy. They were cautious … Read More

A new way to regulate surrogacy to give more certainty to all involved - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 22, 2017

By Ruth Walker, University of Waikato and Liezl van Zyl, University of Waikato Starting a family through surrogacy is fraught with stresses and uncertainties. For heterosexual couples it is often the last resort after a history of disappointment and even tragedy. Gay couples remain subject to discrimination and stigma when it comes to planning a … Read More

Three rivers are now legally people – but that’s just the start of looking after them - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 29, 2017

By Erin O’Donnell, University of Melbourne and Julia Talbot-Jones, Australian National University In the space of a week, the world has gained three notable new legal persons: the Whanganui River in New Zealand, and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India. In New Zealand, the government passed legislation that recognised the Whanganui River catchment … Read More

Health and science stars shine for Matariki Awards - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jun 08, 2016

Talented Māori professionals behind Indigenous disabilities research, space flight and a fitness-focused health initiative are finalists for the 2016 Matariki Awards. The inaugural annual event, which celebrates extraordinary Māori talent across a broad range of fields and industries, is presented by Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri and pays homage to the seven stars of Matariki with seven award categories. One is the Te … Read More

Regulation of Natural Health Products consultation - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 04, 2016

Below are some loose thoughts on a first reading of the consultation document for the Regulation of Natural Health Products consultation. I don’t intend this post to be an article, as I usually would write here. It is meant to air a few thoughts I have on reading this document to invite comment. Suggestions … Read More

3 Strikes: It’s working - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 02, 2015

It looks like New Zealand’s version of three-strikes for criminal offending is working. Here’s Graeme Edgeler’s analysis. You need to be careful when crafting OIA questions around this sort of comparison, and I am relying on the Ministry of Justice to have correctly understood my intention. It is not enough to compare the number of convictions before and after … Read More