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People Can Be Tricked into Reversing Their Opinions on Morality

from Scientific American People can be tricked into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good arguments to support the opposite of their original positions, researchers report today in PLoS ONE. The researchers, led by Lars Hall, a cognitive scientist at Lund University in Sweden, recruited 160 volunteers to fill out […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin?

from BuzzMachine At two privacy conferences—one in New York, the other right now in Victoria, B.C.—I’ve watched the growth of privacy’s regulatory/industrial complex and seen its strategy in action: scare, then sell. Yesterday, before I spoke at the Reboot conference, the privacy commissioner for the province, Elizabeth Denham, got up to demonize the social net and its […]

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Stock-Hedging Lets Bankers Skirt Efforts to Overhaul Pay

from NYTs Intent on fixing a banking system that contributed heavily to the recent financial crisis, lawmakers and regulators pushed Wall Street to overhaul its pay practices. Big banks responded by shifting more compensation into stock, a move intended to align employees’ interests more closely with those of investors and discourage excessive risk-taking. But it […]

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Wikileaks and the Long Haul

from Clay Shirky Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks. Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls “counter-democracy”*, the democracy of citizens distrusting rather than legitimizing the actions of the state. Wikileaks […]

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Confessing to Crime, but Innocent

From The New York Times KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eddie Lowery lost 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. There was no physical evidence at his trial for rape, but one overwhelming factor put him away: he confessed. At trial, the jury heard details that prosecutors insisted only the rapist […]

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Does Surveillance Make Us Morally Better?

from Philosophy Now Imagine that right after briefing Adam about which fruit was allowed and which forbidden, God had installed a closed-circuit television camera in the garden of Eden, trained on the tree of knowledge. Think how this might have changed things for the better. The serpent sidles up to Eve and urges her to […]

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The World’s Most Ethical Companies

from Forbes The Ethisphere Institute, a New York City think tank, on Monday released its fourth annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. The listing, of companies with at least 100 employees and more than $50 million in annual revenue, gives its winners an opportunity to trumpet their do-gooding ways. It is not a […]

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The MBA Oath: Toward a More Perfect World

from Last month we watched as news broke of one of the largest insider-trading scandals in history. While the urgency of the financial crisis may be dissipating, the need for a higher ethical standard in business is as relevant as ever. The MBA Oath is a voluntary pledge to create value responsibly and ethically. […]

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