Regulating Facebook won’t prevent data breach

Professor William H Dutton After revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly appropriated Facebook user data to advise Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, many are calling for greater regulation of social media networks, saying a “massive data breach” has occurred. The idea that governments can regulate their way into protecting citizen privacy is appealing, but I believe it misses the…

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Health and Safety measures must be stringent

Editorial One Issue 387 March 1, 2018 “We know the future, it’s both challenging and opportune,” wrote Dawn Emling, Global Head of ESG Institute (VP), Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters in a recent issue of The Economist. “On the one hand, we face an increase in natural-resource constraints, political polarisation and demographic instability. On the other hand, the…

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Our entrepreneurs are trail blazers

Editorial Two Issue 387 March 1, 2018 Today (March 1), we launch our Business Awards, calling for entries. The Eleventh Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INLIBA) has 15 categories, with the addition of ‘Business Excellence in Health and Safety,’ reflecting the growing importance of economic, social and moral responsibility of private sector undertakings. Unique in its extent and format,…

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Barnaby Joyce Affair boosts Shake-The-Tree Journalism

Denis Muller Melbourne, Australia The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called ‘shake-the-tree’ journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out. The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce,…

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Jurisprudence should hammer down perjury

Editorial Two Issue 386 February 15, 2018 Twelve years ago, high profile Criminologist and Canterbury University Professor of Associate Philosophy Greg Newbold told a Seminar in Auckland that there should be tougher penalties for perjury to reduce miscarriages of justice. “On many occasions, the judiciary did not take perjury or evidence-tampering seriously enough,” he told delegates at the Seminar organised…

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