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How inclusive can smart cities really be?

“ The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation” – Albert Einstein.  As the world moves into a new era of modern technologies, cautions must be taken to leave behind past mistakes. Today, modern technology is evolving at a rate where the concept …

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Is TikTok monitoring your physical location?

TikTok is a short-from video sharing app that has grown rapidly in popularity over the past few years, gathering some 150 million American users since its launch in 2017. A recent article by Forbes however, discovered the social media app’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, planned to use the app to monitor the location of its …

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AI and Ethics – Love or Hate?

Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to intelligence of humans and other animals. Founding father of AI, John McCarthy offered the following definition in his 2004 paper as “intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs” which attempt to understand human intelligence. Uses for AI technology include speech recognition, computer vision, translation between languages, …

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Geographical Variations in Healthcare

A recent article published in the journal BMC Medical Ethics explores the ethical issues related to geographical variations within the provisioning of health care services, and aims to guide health policy with their findings. There is sufficient documentation evidencing healthcare needs are greater among lower income populations, yet utilization and access to healthcare is much …

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State of the Connected World Report

The 2023 State of the Connected World report, the only global report to identify major governance gaps in the Internet of Things (IoT), was just released at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this past January. Over 270 experts from around the world were surveyed to analyze and understand the current state of the connected …

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Abortion Clinics and Misleading Google Maps

With over 118.4 million monthly users in the United States, and a 56% share of the market among mobile users, Google Maps is without a doubt the United States’ most dominant navigation service. However, a new analysis by Bloomberg has found the platform routinely misleads people searching for abortion providers and clinics. When users search …

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The Postal Paradox

In 1864 in Italy, the concept of a civilian registry was introduced. A civil registry enabled the government to have a systematic practice to record legal residents in Italy. However, with the registry, people had to register their permanent addresses with the government in order to enjoy their constitutional rights. This system became problematic for …

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The Geographic Distribution of Extreme Wealth in the U.S.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought upon significant levels of uncertainty to the American populace. In July of 2022, 57 percent of unemployed Americans were out of work because their employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic. Despite these impacts, individual wealth amongst the highest tax brackets rose dramatically from pre-pandemic levels, heavily skewing the …

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Google Pays Nearly $392 Million Settlement in Location-Tracking Case

Google recently agreed to pay nearly $392 million in a settlement with 40 states over allegations of the giant tech company tracking people through their devices, even after location tracking had been turned off. According to authorities, since at least 2014, Google has broken consumer protection laws by misleading users about when it secretly recorded …

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U.S. History of Census Data Abuse

The United States Census Bureau collects and produces data about the American people and economy. With such data, it becomes easier to map and visualize the areas of improvement, populations in need, as well as social progress. The census data is collected through extensive efforts, and Americans reap its benefits by ensuring government funding and …

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