Category Archives: Ethics

China’s Big Brother Roll Out in 2020 already Underwa

BIG BROTHER RISING Three Glimpses of the FutureDIANE FRANCIS As the world hurtles toward a systemically digitized existence, some unpleasant alternatives to governance are coming clearly into view. In May, the European Union imposed sweeping laws on technology companies that shift control of data to the customers, protect privacy, and require curation to stop libelous and hate… Read More

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Singularity U Hub piece: Regs on Tech and why

The world’s first stop sign appeared in Michigan around 1915, decades after the first privately owned passenger car came into being. Ever since, laws and regulations have piled up concerning everything from insurance requirements to vehicle safety, road safety, and driver education. Such is the natural order of things. First come the transformative technologies—in this case, the… Read More

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Canada will get a new centrist and common sense leader: Doug Ford in Ontario

Diane Francis: Doug Ford will win the Ontario election, and he will be a breath of fresh air to all of Canada For 15 years, Ontario has been run by tax-and-spend champions the Liberals, and now it’s time for common sense, change and discipline again Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford.Tom Morrison/Postmedia Network files Diane… Read More

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Idea City June 20-22: Great Debate, Worlds in Collision, tech, disruption, debate

I will be involved in this year’s Idea City — Canada’s foremost conference of ideas and innovations organized by entrepreneur Moses Znaimer — in Toronto at Koerner Hall. The theme is Worlds in Collision and speakers will address biotech, fintech, blockchain, robots and the issues and controversies involving all of these fields as they clash… Read More

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Facebook is to Tech what Russia is to Geopolitics, American Interest

  A man dressed as a Russian troll doll attended the recent Facebook Senate hearing, his costume emblematic of the company, its Russian scandal, and worrisome history. Few realize that Facebook goes back a long way with the Russians and, in fact, its spectacular success dates back to 2009 when an audacious $200-million investment was made… Read More

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Canadian legal system fails the public: Suncor Energy case to protect workers

Canada’s workplaces are arguably more dangerous due to a six-year battle between a union and Suncor Energy Inc. concerning the policy of random testing of workers in safety-sensitive jobs in the Fort McMurray region. The union involved claims random testing infringes on the privacy of workers and that tests should only apply where there is… Read More

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Unethical Facebook and the Tech Cos Who Spy on Us

The dirty little secret about Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and other tech companies is that their business model is unethical — it is a combination of espionage and propaganda. This week the “data misuse” scandal, involving allegations that a third party obtained 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 election, underscores this description and… Read More

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Poroshenko’s, and Ukraine’s, Last Chance to Fight Corruption

An Anti-Corruption Court is the capstone that will complete an infrastructure to eliminate Ukraine’s systemic corruption and to attract massive investments. President Petro Poroshenko’s current proposal misses the mark, and fails to meet the criteria stipulated by the International Monetary Fund and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission. Under Poroshenko’s bill, international experts will play… Read More

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