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Government Ethics Office Says Trump Should Divest Himself Of His Businesses
Turning over Trump's business empire to his grown children to run wouldn't resolve the conflicts of his interest his presidency faces, U.S. officials say.
trump  ethics  2016 
december 2016 by amerberg
GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle
The existing agreement presents unprecedented—and intolerable—conflicts of interest.
trump  ethics  2016  business 
november 2016 by amerberg
Donald Trump’s Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit
If Mr. Trump continues, once inaugurated, to profit from transactions with companies controlled by foreign governments, he may run afoul of the Emoluments Clause.
trump  constitution  ethics  2016 
november 2016 by amerberg
Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican convention speech would get an F in my class
Unrepentant plagiarism is inexcusable because being original is an American cultural value.
president  speech  2016  Republicans  trump  plagiarism  ethics 
july 2016 by amerberg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Risked Her Judicial Independence, Her Ethical Standing, and Her Legacy to Insult Trump
In Auckland, New Zealand, some clever designers have covered a former highway offramp with a shocking pink nonslip resin to create a bike path.
trump  president  2016  scotus  elections  ethics 
july 2016 by amerberg
Remarks at the SASE Panel On The Moral Economy of Tech
RT @Pinboard: The text of a brief talk I gave yesterday at Berkeley to a group of social scientists in an unventilated auditorium:
ethics  culture  privacy  computing  surveillance 
june 2016 by amerberg
The Notion That Public Information Is Fair Game Is Misguided and Outdated
Are you an OkCupid user? Would you consider the data on your profile public—fair game for anyone to download and share with the rest of the world? That ...
data  ethics  privacy 
may 2016 by amerberg
Science, trust, and conflicts of interest
(This is the first of three attempts to think through some of the issues related to this New York Times article about the relationships between big food and...
science  food  ethics  money 
september 2015 by amerberg
Algorithms and Bias: Q. and A. With Cynthia Dwork
Preventing discriminatory algorithms is an issue being taken up by computer scientists as well as policy makers, ethicists and legal experts.
ethics  ai  ml  science 
august 2015 by amerberg
X
Many were more excited about battling malevolent artificial intelligence than about helping the poor.
ai  charity  ethics  poverty  class 
august 2015 by amerberg
The ethical blindness of algorithms
Can an algorithm be racist? It’s a question that should be of concern for all data-driven organizations. From analytics that help law enforcement predict future crimes, to retailers assessing the likelihood of female customers being pregnant (in the case of Target, without their knowledge), the increasing scale of computer cognizance is raising difficult ethical questions for...
ethics  algorithms  data 
march 2015 by amerberg
Some Synthetic Biology Advocates Are Veering Too Close to Eugenics
If Silicon Valley has anything like a coherent philosophy, it is summed up in the idea that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. Innovation is to the technology industry in the 21st century what the Feejee Mermaid was to P.T. Barnum in the 19th—a manufactured...
synthetic_biology  science  ethics  health  medicine 
december 2014 by amerberg
A Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Bury Your Hair on the Moon. Let’s Think About That.
It will take 10 years, but we are headed back to the moon! Lunar Mission One, heralded (well, by its creators) as the most inspirational lunar project since Apollo, will send a landing module to the moon’s as yet unexplored south pole. An innovative robotic probe will drill 65 to...
ethics  crowdfunding  scam 
december 2014 by amerberg
Annals of gifting: Boxing Wednesday, I guess
It's okay to accept gifts from peddlers of niche "superfoods" because they're practically charities or something
food  foodies  industry  soda  ethics 
december 2014 by amerberg
Animal Welfare, Science, an Apology and an Analysis
On Wednesday, we published an article about animal welfare in research experiments. It was biased, factually incorrect, and should not have appeared on io9 in that form. As io9's editor-in-chief, I'm the one who screwed up, and I'm sorry. Here's how this mess happened, and what we're doing about it.
science  animals  ethics  journalism  activism 
december 2014 by amerberg
McClellan Farms Tofurkey
Official site of Team Coco & Conan O'Brien - watch Conan full episodes, get the latest news about Conan on TBS, watch Conan videos, Conan on the intertubes, fan sneak peeks, plus sundry worthless hilarity.
food  ethics  holiday  animals  vegan  soy 
november 2014 by amerberg
Comcast got me fired after billing dispute, says California man [Updated]
Comcast is a "very valuable" client to PriceWaterhouseCoopers—where he worked.
media  business  ethics  jobs 
october 2014 by amerberg
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Involuntary porn affects plenty of women who aren't celebrities, too.
internet  crime  ethics  law 
september 2014 by amerberg
The Enigma of Animal Suffering
We can’t assume that a cow raised for food experiences what a slave or victim of genocide does.
food  animals  ethics  plants  meat  discourse 
august 2014 by amerberg
Beck: Bombing Victim I Wrongly Accused Was An 'Involuntary' Public Figure
Abdulrahman Alharbi was a victim in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, but Glenn Beck wrongly accused the Saudi Arabian student of being a suspect in the deadly explosions. According to Beck, Alharbi was fair game.
media  journalism  ethics  privacy 
august 2014 by amerberg
Proceeding upriver: a timeline of the dispute over estuarine lionfish
Did a 6th grader steal a science project? Or a scientist attack her for no reason? Here is a concrete timeline of the events.
science  ethics  media  journalism  children 
august 2014 by amerberg
Researchers cleared of misconduct in row over sugar link to obesity
A controversial study by high-profile Sydney scientists challenged the role of sugar in Australia’s obesity epidemic
sugar  science  obesity  australia  ethics 
august 2014 by amerberg
OkCupid reveals it’s been lying to some of its users. Just to see what’ll happen.
The dating site admits it experiments on its users, just like Facebook. And it's not ashamed to say so.
ethics  dating  science  internet 
august 2014 by amerberg
Alberto Cairo: Data journalism needs to up its own standards
The data visualization expert argues that FiveThirtyEight and Vox have overpromised and underdelivered — and that they need to treat their data with more scientific rigor.
data  journalism  science  ethics  media 
august 2014 by amerberg
Prostitution, disability and prohibition.
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
science  sex  disability  ethics 
august 2014 by amerberg
Why don't OKCupid's experiments bother us like Facebook's did?
Hi, everybody! Tim Carmody here, guest-hosting for Jason this week. OK Cupid's Christian Rudder has responded to the outcry over
culture  data  dating  facebook  ethics 
july 2014 by amerberg
Watch CNBC's Tea Partier Get Told How Wrong He's Been (VIDEO)
Rick Santelli, the CNBC personality who's been credited with giving rise to the tea party movement, was told on-air Monday that he's been wrong about pretty much everything.
video  economics  ethics  journalism  media  class  income  tea_party 
july 2014 by amerberg
Hey, Professors: Hands Off Your Grad Students!
Some things in academia never change. Even in an age when the feminists apparently control everything, it seems that the practice of older (usually male) scholars sleeping with much younger (usually female) graduate students is alive and … well, I wouldn’t say “well.” With two such relationships making recent news...
sex  academia  phd  ethics 
july 2014 by amerberg
Jellyfish Journalism Fail
On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea. The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a w
media  journalism  science  ethics  plagiarism 
june 2014 by amerberg
In defense of Facebook
It feels a bit strange to write this post's title, because I don't find myself defending Facebook very often. But there seems to be some discontent in the socialmediaverse at the moment over a new ...
ethics  facebook  science  psychology 
june 2014 by amerberg
Facebook’s Unethical Experiment Manipulated Users’ Emotions
Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study “emotional contagion through social networks.” The researchers, who are affiliated with Facebook, Cornell, and the University...
science  facebook  ethics  internet  psychology 
june 2014 by amerberg
Kristof/Brooks update: NYT columnists correct their mistakes!
Who will issue a correction first? Nicholas Kristof, who uncritically cited the hurricane/himmicane paper which appeared in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences but then was debunked in a stunning round of post-publication review? David Brooks, who botched some historical economic statistics and, in an unrelated incident, uncritically cited some education statistics …
science  ethics  media  journalism 
june 2014 by amerberg
Doing the right thing: Journal clears unknowing author of plagiarism
Here's a nice case of a journal taking pains to clear the name of an author. Last summer we wrote about a case of plagiarism involving two authors from India who'd published a paper on biometrics in the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. Now -- seven months later, we'll note -- one of those authors…
journals  retraction  plagiarism  ethics 
march 2014 by amerberg
Farm Confessional: I Raise Livestock and I Think It May Be Wrong
I have no farming background. I was born and raised in the suburbs, and I spent more time in a shopping mall playing video games and eating fast food than
farming  agriculture  ethics  animals  meat 
february 2014 by amerberg
Will Japanese Researchers Grow Human Organs Inside Pigs?
A controversial technique to develop body parts from stem cells may someday save countless lives, but will society allow it?
animals  science  medicine  ethics 
january 2014 by amerberg
Would you prefer to eat genetically modified eggs, or see day-old chicks destroyed? | Nigel Urwin
Nigel Urwin: Billions of male chicks are routinely destroyed by our egg production industries. My research is seeking a solution to this problem, and green fluorescent protein could be
gmo  animals  science  eggs  chicken  ethics  agriculture 
january 2014 by amerberg
Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller’s Column on a Woman With Cancer
Many saw the column as insensitive to a woman who has communicated about every aspect of the disease.
cancer  media  communication  twitter  blogging  ethics 
january 2014 by amerberg
No to homeopathy placebo
Edzard Ernst: Using homeopathy on the basis that patients benefit from the placebo effect would be unethical and short-sighted
homeopathy  science  medicine  ethics  quackery 
january 2014 by amerberg
Good Poor, Bad Poor
In Congress, two actions have nothing to do with bringing spending into line, and everything to do with a view that the poor are morally inferior.
poverty  class  ethics 
december 2013 by amerberg
23andMe Is Terrifying, But Not for the Reasons the FDA Thinks
The genetic-testing company’s real goal is to hoard your personal data
genetics  fda  data  privacy  science  ethics 
november 2013 by amerberg
Do You Love Malcolm Gladwell? You're Reading Fairy Tales
What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist? 
books  ethics  ideas  facts 
november 2013 by amerberg
Who owns the Boston Globe? John Henry does.
By Christopher B. Daly No surprise: the deal announced last summer has finally closed. The NYT Co. has sold the Boston Globe (and a bundle of other New England news properties) to the wealthy investor John Henry. The price was $70 million, or 6.3% of the $1.1 billion that the New York Times paid for…
media  journalism  ethics  sports 
october 2013 by amerberg
When to name and shame on Social Media, and when to show compassion…
This is a piece I had hoped not to post – at least so soon – and still feel uneasy about, as it refers to events that will probably cause hurt to some people. But as I have been called
social  media  ethics 
october 2013 by amerberg
The ethics of admitting you messed up.
Part of any human endeavor, including building scientific knowledge or running a magazine with a website, is the potential for messing up. Humans make mistakes. ...
science  errors  ethics 
october 2013 by amerberg
Dead Man’s Burden
Against their will; for their own good.
ethics 
october 2013 by amerberg
Stones, glass houses, etc.
> ship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper’s potential ethical problems, such as its lack of documentation about the treatment of a
science  publishing  openaccess  ethics 
october 2013 by amerberg
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