The Ethical Expense of Contemporary Smartphone Infatuation

Part of acknowledging one’s position of privilege in society is undertaking more ethical approaches to consumption. This is a complicated task under the conditions of late capitalism, but particularly in the 2010’s when considering the ubiquity of smartphone ownership. By 2020, it is projected that smartphone ownership worldwide will rise to 2.87 billion. While thereContinue reading “The Ethical Expense of Contemporary Smartphone Infatuation”

Human Rights in the Face of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity or Threat?

Source: Maxpixel Have you ever given an order to a virtual assistant? Avoided a traffic jam thanks to a smart navigation system? What about those targeted offers appearing on various websites, continually reminding you of items that you looked up online? All of the above are made possible as a result of big data analysisContinue reading “Human Rights in the Face of Artificial Intelligence: Opportunity or Threat?”

Human Trafficking and the Internet

In February 2017, Ashton Kutcher and his tech company Thorn went viral. Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children is an anti-trafficking organisation that focuses primarily on the use of the internet in facilitating the sexual trafficking of children. Kutcher addressed the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee to speak about ending modern day slavery, recounting theContinue reading “Human Trafficking and the Internet”

Prioritising Life: Media Bias in Times of Crisis

With news being broadcast 24 hours a day, and the ability to access the news from any location via mobile phones, we have the capacity to be better informed than we have ever been. However, there is a gross bias in the media which inhibits this ability. While some humanitarian disasters – both human andContinue reading “Prioritising Life: Media Bias in Times of Crisis”

New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do

With the internet and new technologies integrating and transforming nearly every aspect of our daily lives, new forms of expression have emerged. From online petitions to #hashtags and viral trends, new technologies are firmly engraining themselves in our everyday organization and association, gradually revolutionizing the way we take action. Concurrently, the way human rights issuesContinue reading “New Technologies and Human Rights: What We Can Do”

The Fragile Net

One of the centrepieces of the University of St Andrew’s 600th anniversary celebrations was the Graduation Ceremony. Hundreds attended the ceremony itself and many more streamed the ceremony live. The star of the show, in many ways, was Hillary Clinton, ex-Secretary of State and potentially the future President of the United States. She wasn’t theContinue reading “The Fragile Net”