Technology

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Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

The campaign to stem the tide of misinformation online is beset by a number of formidable epistemic obstacles. How effective can fact-checking ever really be?
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Are Loot Boxes “Quite Ethical”?

Recent rulings have called the loot box mechanics used in franchises like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront "gambling for children." What's the danger?
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La Liga, EULAs, and Privacy in Public Spaces

La Liga's recent use of its mobile app as a tool for spying offers another interesting chapter in the piracy versus privacy debate.
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What Technological Dystopias Can Tell Us About Human Values

The vision of technological dystopia presented by Black Mirror covers diverse topics ranging from the nature of consciousness to the essence of parenting.
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Press Freedom in Australia: Democracy, Transparency, and Trust

Recent government raids on news organizations in Australia prompt discussion of the boundaries of categories like the public interest and national security threats.
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Does Care Require Personhood? The Ethics of Robot Caregiving

Emerging healthcare technologies like Rudy, Addison, and PARO should prompt us to reassess the healthcare industry and to contemplate the difference between service and care.

Establishing Liability in Artificial Intelligence

Algorithms are capable of causing harm, but it isn't easy to identify who should be held accountable when they do.
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Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, and the Ethics of Spoilers

Where does the wrong we feel in spoiled book and movie twists come from? What is spoiler etiquette based on?
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Online Discourse and the Demand for Civility

The call for civil discourse is often disingenuous, and finding a neutral ground for debate is difficult in practice. What does 'civility' mean, and what does it not mean?
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Should Instagram Remove Its Like System?

Instagram's recent trial in discontinuing their 'like' system brings to the fore questions about the purpose of social media and app's corporate responsibility.