Why Virtual Courtrooms May Threaten Justice

Why Virtual Courtrooms May Threaten Justice

Since the beginning of the health crisis, courts in many countries have been making a technological shift. The number of proceedings filed online have increased and the same holds for virtual trials.

Are Your Devices Spying On You?

Are Your Devices Spying On You?

From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) promises to revolutionise our homes.

How Police Legitimacy Can Be Regained Once Lost

How Police Legitimacy Can Be Regained Once Lost

There is a well-known phrase that describes a certain view of police officers. Often abbreviated in graffiti and on placards to “ACAB”, the words “all cops are bastards” have been widely adopted as a response to the way police forces operate.

Do Face Mask Rules Really Violate Personal Liberty?

Do Face Mask Rules Really Violate Personal Liberty?

Several hundred people assembled in London’s Hyde Park in July 2020 to protest rules making face masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Why Catholic Priests Are Kneeling With Protesters

Why Catholic Priests Are Kneeling With Protesters

Two days after the Catholic bishop of El Paso, Mark Seitz, knelt with a dozen other priests in a silent prayer for George Floyd holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign, he received a phone call from Pope Francis.

Don't Be Victimized: How People Get Away With Fraud

Don't Be Victimized: How People Get Away With Fraud
It is easy for those of us who have ignored emails from Nigerian princes or refused to transfer money on behalf of an online love interest to scroll past stories about scams, thinking it could never be us.

Can Social Media Predict When You’ll Die?

Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook collect a staggering amount of data points from us, so much data that our social media activity can pretty accurately reveal things from gym habits to the state of our mental well-being.

Can We Can Put A Leash On Google and Facebook?

Can We Can Put A Leash On Google and Facebook?
Living with two preteens, I get almost daily requests to approve new apps. My standard response is to ask my kids to describe the app, why they want it, and how it makes money.

The Right To Know, Or Not Know, The Data From Medical Research

The Right To Know, Or Not Know, The Data From Medical Research
A familiar scenario: as part of having your cholesterol checked, your clinician also orders a standard blood panel – a red blood-cell count, and then a breakdown showing the proportions of five types of white blood cells.

5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Cybercrime

5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Cybercrime
High-profile data breaches at companies like British Airways and Marriott get a lot of media coverage, but cybercriminals are increasingly going after community groups, schools, small businesses and municipal governments.

How Much Is Your Data Worth To Tech Companies?

How Much Is Your Data Worth To Tech Companies?

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users.

A Look At California's Punishment Economy

photo credit: Tim (Timothy) Pearce/FlickrCalifornia’s punishment economy is booming. Every year, state taxpayers spend $20 billion to punish people. That’s more than enough to cover the costs of tuition for every student attending public college in California. And it’s almost three times the state’s public spending on mental health services.

Can Parks Help Cities Fight Crime?

Can Parks Help Cities Fight Crime?

Contact with nature reduces stress and aggression, one reason scholars say urban green space may reduce violence. 

Most US Drug Arrests Involve A Gram Or Less

Shameful That Most US Drug Arrests Involve A Gram Or Less

In the long-running television drama “Breaking Bad,” viewers watched the moral devolution of Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who tried to provide for the financial future of his family by cooking methamphetamine.

Data Privacy Rules In The EU May Leave The US Behind

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France made headlines on Jan. 21 for fining Google US$57 million – the first fine to be issued for violations of the European Union’s newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations.

What Could Net Neutrality’s End Mean For You?

What Could Net Neutrality’s End Mean For You?On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which critics say could make the internet more expensive and less accessible for Americans.

How To Break Our Bad Online Security Habits

How To Break Our Bad Online Security HabitsThe number of cyber attacks is estimated to have risen by 67% over the last five years, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error.

How Nonverbal Communication Influences The Justice System

How Nonverbal Communication Influences The Justice System

Pauses in answers, body movements, elusive or angry looks, confusion, anxiety — the facial expressions and gestures made by witnesses matter in court. Conclusions about the credibility of witnesses can hang on their nonverbal behaviour.

Understanding The Real Costs Of Cheap Surveillance

Understanding The Real Costs Of Cheap Surveillance

Surveillance used to be expensive. Even just a few years ago, tailing a person’s movements around the clock required rotating shifts of personnel devoted full-time to the task. Not any more, though.

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some vegan graffiti near his home.

Do We Really Own Our Digital Possessions?

Do We Really Own Our Digital Possessions?

Microsoft has announced that it will close the books category of its digital store. While other software and apps will still be available via the virtual shop front, and on purchasers’ consoles and devices, 

Why Your Phone Won't Quit Ringing

Why Your Phone Won't Quit Ringing
Advanced automatic dialing systems make it easier and cheaper for small operations to generate huge numbers of calls.

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The Inevitable Data Breaches

Here's How To Protect Yourself From The Inevitable Data Breaches It’s tempting to give up on data security altogether, with all the billions of pieces of personal data – Social Security numbers, credit cards, home addresses, phone numbers, passwords and much more – breached and stolen in recent years.

Why Children Deserve Leniency In Law

why children deserve leniency in lawShould being under 18 give youth a discount on the price to pay for their crimes? As a matter of conscience, it should – even kids such as Cunningham deserve a break. In fact, in every mature legal system, age matters

Your Smartphone Apps Are Tracking Your Every Move

Your Smartphone Apps Are Tracking Your Every MoveIf you have a smartphone, it probably is a significant part of your life, storing appointments and destinations as well as being central to your communications with friends, loved ones and co-workers.

Why Are Some Americans Changing Their Names?

Why Are Some Americans Changing Their Names?
In 2008, Newsweek published an article on then-presidential candidate Barack Obama titled “From Barry to Barack.” The story explained how Obama’s Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr., chose Barry as a nickname for himself in 1959 in order “to fit in.” But the younger Barack – who had been called Barry since he was a child – chose to revert to his given name, Barack, in 1980 as a college student coming to terms with his identity.

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