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Not a day goes by when one doesn’t come across the term ‘ethical watchdog’. With enterprises mainstreaming AI applications and consumer AI taking off, concerns around data misuse, algorithmic bias abound. The recent GDPR guidelines that put the focus on the need for ethics and governance in AI is a laudable attempt to bring together [...]

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The global population is predicted to rise to 10bn by 2050, and the majority of those people will live in cities. Given that cities already account for 75 per cent of the world’s energy use and 76 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions, there’s a growing focus on how urban planning and design can reduce emissions and help [...]

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A 2-day (12/13 March) workshop on modern slavery, trafficking in human beings and access to justice for the poor and vulnerable, was also attended (and for the second time) by a Chinese official. The conference is the seventh meeting of the “Ethics in Action” initiative, which brings together a select group of religious leaders, theologians, [...]

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March 12th, 2018

Sustainable business growth

While some segments of big businesses are often accused of rent-seeking, the community’s innovative ideas, use of latest technologies, and international practices in upgrading human skills and tackling social vulnerabilities find no space in public discourse. Read the full article here.

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As a porn star sues President Donald Trump over a deal to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, and his White House is drained of everyone but his family, it’s hard not to think that America is entering into a period of decadence that rivals Imperial Rome in luridness. Even before the Daniels news, some historians and journalists compared Trump to famously degenerate [...]

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Politics is a dirty business. An open question is just how much dirtier it will become. When word spread in February that little-known Amanda Renteria — a failed Central Valley congressional candidate and former aide to Hillary Clinton — had filed paperwork to run for governor without any money or campaign structure, Politico wrote a 1,100-word article that focused [...]

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Statistics from the General Statistics Office of Việt Nam (GSO) showed that the mining industry has posted a record slump since 2011, with the growth rate dropping by 7.1 per cent in 2017 and 4 per cent in 2016. Read the full article here.

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For the second year in a row, the Trump Administration has proposed slashing U.S. development assistance programs by almost a third. Even though strong support on both sides of the U.S. Congress may prevent many – but not all – of these cuts becoming law, it is clear that the best hope for this period [...]

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on the nations of the world to meet grand challenges on poverty, education, health, and the environment. Currently, many of the 50 U.S. states are falling short. The “America’s Goals Report Card” scores the states on seven SDGs, including issues like worker rights and healthcare. In most cases, the [...]

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