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How security researchers should view the Voting Systems Act Special

News has come in that the U.S. legislature has unanimously approved ‘The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act', which would make hacking federal voting systems a crime.

How security researchers should view the Voting Systems Act Special

The U.S. legislature recently approved a new legal framework termed ‘The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act. This Act could make hacking federal voting systems a crime, according to analyst Casey Ellis.

Q&A: A practical plan for putting truth back into politics Special

With the U.S. election season transparency and truthfulness are key. Gleb Tsipursky and Tim Ward, who have championed the Pro-Truth Pledge, have co-written a book looking at the key ethical considerations and plan for putting trust back into public life.

Op-Ed: Big data analytics in healthcare is all about ethics

While big data analytics are used in areas like finance and to assess global events, ethical codes covering the use of big data need to be adapted to meet the specific patient sensitivities of health-related activities.

AI ethics: How can AI be made more trustworthy?

To what extent do the public trust artificial intelligence? Where trust is lacking, what can be done to strengthen AI predictions in order to bolster the level of trust and push forward AI adoption further.

Canada's Conservatives call on Trudeau to testify over charity

Montr - Canada's Conservative opposition party said Sunday it would call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify before a parliamentary committee over a government contract awarded to a charity that had paid his family large sums of money.

Study: The most 'socially conscious' cities in the U.S. revealed

Levels of social consciousness vary across the U.S., according to new data produced by The Ascent (a personal finance brand by The Motley Fool). This is based on an assembly of data relating to how communities interact with each other.

Q&A: Globant pledges to 'Be Kind' with 2020 initiative Special

Globant (a digitally-native tech services company) has announced its Be Kind initiative to make the world a better place by transforming both organizations and people’s lives.

Q&A: Globant outlines how the cyber-skills shortage can be met Special

Globant (a digitally-native tech services company) has outlined the importance of developing a cybersecurity strategy for businesses of every size and in every sector. This includes addressing the cyber-skills shortage.

Call for big businesses to put ethics and environment over profit

A group of business leaders have called upon their major corporate counterparts, like Apple and Amazon, to start putting ethics ahead of profits, with a particular focus on the environment.

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.
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