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Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog rapped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up to October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Video game Misinformer aims to teach players about fake news

Spotting fake news can be challenging, and add to that there is frustration of biased reporting and the annoying distraction of 'clickbait'. To help the public to differentiate products from the media, a new game has been launched.

Op-Ed: 'Ethical AI' matters — the problem lies in defining it

News that Microsoft will invest around $1 billion to examine ethical artificial intelligence signals that the tech sector is thinking deeper about the ethics underlying transformative technologies. But what is ethical AI?

Around the world, people likelier to return wallets with more cash

Washington - Does the amount of cash in a lost wallet impact how likely a person is to return it?

Developing ethics for tech industry must begin in the classroom

Boston - How can the the technology sector ensure that ethical principles are built into the design of products and, most importantly, with the shape of artificial intelligence? According to one academic, this must begin at school.

NY Times moves to stem fallout from anti-Semitic cartoon

New York - The New York Times is taking steps to deal with the fallout over its publication last week of an anti-Semitic cartoon, including new training for journalists and tighter editorial guidelines.

Acting Pentagon boss cleared of ethics wrongs by internal inquiry

Washington - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.

Top Chinese officials plagiarised university theses

Bejing - Top Chinese Communist Party officials plagiarised parts of their university theses, an AFP review has found, testing the government's pledge to crack down on academic misconduct.

AI ethics center launched to assess machine bias

The advances of artificial intelligence together with machine learning into greater areas of life requires a review of the ethical and human-facing implications, according to the University of Guelph. A new hub has been launched to address such issues.

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Bejing - A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world's first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law.

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

Fpo - A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers Thursday, who labelled him as irresponsible.

German MPs voice concern about prenatal genetic tests

Berlin - More than 100 German lawmakers voiced concern on Friday about prenatal tests for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome that they say lead to more abortions.

US Commerce Secretary held Russia, China-linked assets: report

Washington - US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held assets for much of last year that created conflicts of interest and has since transferred ownership to a family trust instead of divesting outright, Forbes reported Monday.

France and Canada collaborate on ethical AI

Toronto - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have made a commitment to engage experts across all areas of research to better understand how to develop artificial intelligence technologies that benefit all.

How to handle moral judgments for driverless cars?

Driverless car technology requires a moral dimension. In the event of an impending accident, does the car strike a pedestrian or another car, for example? Researchers have been studying the ethics of autonomous vehicles.

Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star

Washington - President Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than $100,000 last year, apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show.

Trump discloses payment to attorney who paid off porn star

Washington - President Donald Trump has formally disclosed that he reimbursed his personal attorney more than $100,000 last year, apparently in connection with the payment of hush money to a porn star, government records show.

Most artificial intelligence is 'inherently biased'

Manchester - Artificial intelligence remains in its early phase, yet it will become an increasing part of business and everyday life. The 'intelligence' will contain the social biases of those who control its development, says a new report. This needs to be addressed.

Interview: Journalists and public figures taking Pro-Truth Pledge Special

Columbus - To combat fake news and to promote truthfulness in public life the Pro-Truth Pledge has been established. Those who sign are asked to adopt 12 behaviors that research in behavioral science show correlation with an orientation toward truthfulness.

EU watchdog calls for reopening ethics case against Goldman's Barroso

Apo - An EU watchdog called Thursday for reopening the ethics case against former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso who was previously cleared of breaking bloc rules by taking a top job with Goldman Sachs.

Goldman's Barroso accused of breaking no EU lobbying vow

Brussels - Activists on Tuesday accused former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of breaking his pledge not to lobby the EU on behalf of his employer Goldman Sachs.

Trudeau's lavish vacation broke ethics rules: watchdog

Ottawa - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke ethics rules when he and his family vacationed at the private island of billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan, Canada's ethics watchdog ruled Wednesday.

Questions for healthcare artificial intelligence to answer

Artificial intelligence is being adopted by healthcare, albeit at different rates and in differing areas. One reason for the erratic pace is due to the medical and ethical questions that the technology brings with it in related to the use of digital data.

Alphabet's DeepMind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

Washington - DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society.

French MP-cum-entrepreneur invites paying guests to parliament

Paris - A French lawmaker has come under scrutiny for providing paid tours of parliament through her travel company, the chamber's speaker said Friday.Speaker Francois de Rugy said on Twitter that he had referred the case to the parliament's ethics watchdog.

France passes law to clean up politics after fake job scandals

Paris - France's parliament overwhelmingly backed a new law Wednesday to clean up politics, a campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron following a string of scandals.

Charlie Gard's life became 'soap opera': clinician

London - A clinician who treated Charlie Gard, the terminally-ill British baby who died last month, said Saturday his short life became a soap opera fuelled by President Donald Trump and the pope.

US risks being seen as 'kleptocracy' under Trump: former ethics chief

Washington - The United States is at risk of being viewed as a "kleptocracy" under President Donald Trump, the former head of the US government ethics office said in an interview published Monday.
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