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Truth in a Post-Truth World

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 13:41:00 +1200 | Bridget Williams Books

In a digital world consumed by fake news and toxic social media, conspiracy and rumour spread faster than ever and are increasingly hard to debunk. Manipulation of information and the spread of misinformation on online platforms is now widely recognised as ...More >>

EU Decision on Gene Editing Tech Supports NZ legislation

Fri, 3 Aug 2018 09:30:56 +1200 | GE Free NZ

Organisations and individuals concerned about the risks posed by GMOs applaud the ruling by the European Court of Justice that the new advanced gene-editing technologies, called ‘GMO 2.0,' are genetically modified organisms and should go through the ...More >>

New report calls for ethical guidelines for AI

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:45:35 +1200 | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

A new Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) report looking at the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), and its effect on people’s lives, says businesses need to have codes of ethics, or updated governance guidelines, around ...More >>

EU court rules GMO laws apply to gene-edited plants

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:50:10 +1200 | Science Media Centre NZ

Europe’s highest court has ruled that gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as genetically modified organisms. More >>

Faulty science and ethics in DNA analyses of ‘Ata’

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:48:44 +1200 | University of Otago

University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.More >>

Calls for Independent Bioethics Council to be Reestablished

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:50:19 +1200 | GE Free NZ

The Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) - Te Apārangi is encouraging New Zealanders to submit their views on the uses of gene editing in the area of Health, Human embryos, and Pest control [1]More >>

Scoop 3.0 - A Global Vision and Future Focus

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:56:12 +1200 | Joseph Cederwall

In part 1 of this series, I wrote about the news crisis in 2018 and why there is hope for journalism despite of (or perhaps because of) the continued dominance and disruption of the sector by the digital platform monopoly giants Facebook and Google. ...More >>

Review: Bladerunner meets Tinder at BATS

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:12:25 +1200 | Joseph Cederwall

“ You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is ...More >>

Justice Committee to hear views on End of Life Choice Bill

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:12:43 +1200 | Justice Committee

Justice Committee to hear from people across the country on End of Life Choice Bill More >>

Ten reasons to have hope for a better Media in the future

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:46:55 +1200 | Joseph Cederwall

Last week, I wrote about the news crisis in 2018 and why there is hope for journalism despite of (or perhaps because of) this dire situation . This piece will explore what exactly gives us at Scoop hope and will outline some tangible projects and approaches ...More >>

Why The News Crisis Gives Us Hope

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:09:37 +1200 | Joseph Cederwall

“No one experiment is going to replace what we are now losing with the demise of news on paper...But over time, the collection of new experiments that do work might give us the journalism we need.” More >>

New PM’s Chief Science Advisor - Expert reaction

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:51:59 +1200 | Science Media Centre NZ

Prof Juliet Gerrard, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Science, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. More >>

An open letter to Dr Stewart Jessamine, GM of MedSafe and NZ representative to the WHO

Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:30:37 +1200 | The Hemp Foundation

An open letter to Dr Stewart Jessamine, GM of MedSafe and NZ representative to the WHOMore >>

Citizens’ Jury highlights complex euthanasia debate

Thu, 24 May 2018 09:22:19 +1200 | University of Otago

A University of Otago-led Citizens’ Jury on euthanasia could not reach agreement about whether it should be legalised, highlighting complexities around the debate. More >>

Why blockchain challenges conventional thinking about IP

Tue, 1 May 2018 12:26:23 +1200 | Alexandra Sims

Blockchain technology has turned conventional thinking about intellectual property and copyright on its head. from , CC BY-ND More >>

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:58:12 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed : More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:22:07 +1200 | Science Media Centre

In this issue: No new oil permits, marine heatwaves heating up, and when did sweet potatoes spread? More >>

Should Govt agencies adopt Facebook’s business tool?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:55:54 +1200 | RNZ

A cyber-security expert is sounding a warning about government organisations use of a Facebook business tool, 'Workplace by Facebook'. More >>

Minister puts controversial profiling programme on hold

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:19:45 +1200 | RNZ

Immigration New Zealand had been running a pilot data modelling programme in the past 18 months, targeting overstayers by using data such as age and gender to identify troublemakers.More >>

Facebook reveals NZers data accessed by Cambridge Analytica

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 10:24:40 +1200 | RNZ

Nearly 64,000 New Zealanders are estimated to have had their data collected and used by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook says. More >>

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