Technology

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DNA Dating

A new dating app uses DNA comparison to give users information about potential offspring inheriting a genetic disease. What kind of message are we sending?
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Search Engines and Data Voids

The internet is awash with misinformation; internet browsers are not created equal, and search engines don't deliver identical results.
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In Search of an AI Research Code of Conduct

The potential for oversight is limited, but a policy of self-policing asks too much. How should we regulate AI research?
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Forget PINs, Forget Passwords

From bias to privacy, the move to using behavioral biometrics for digital security has a number of ethical implications.
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California’s “Deep Fakes” Ban

"Deep Fake" technology poses significant threat to our democratic institutions, especially given the power of cancel culture and the ubiquity of confirmation bias.
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American Social Media Support of the Hong Kong Protests

Issue of free speech lie at the heart of the Hong Kong protests. And exercising our right to it (especially on social media) has important consequences for Hong Kong, as does our silence.
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Data Transparency: Knowing What Google Knows about You

Should we be concerned about Google mining user data to generate consumer profiles? What does data transparency require?
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Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights: DNA Data Collection in Xinjiang

A coercive data collection campaign in China raises questions about corporate complicity. What obligation, if any, do companies have when their goods are being used to cause harm or violate others' rights?
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Digital Textbooks in Higher Education

The transition to an ebook market for college textbooks has important consequences for internet piracy and student debt.
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YouTube and the Filter Bubble

Algorithms curating and recommending media content can create echo chambers; they can reinforce misinformation and normalize hate-speech. How can we resist?