The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

In Policy Horizons Canada's new Economic Futures: The Next Digital Economy white paper, Blockchain is identified as one of 9 key technologies that will cause disruption to the economy, labour force, and ways in which individuals interact with businesses. Blockchain is lucrative. It's flashy. Even Facebook has one now! Whether or not you think it's… Continue reading The Next Digital Economy? 3 Blockchain Related Ethical Issues we Need to Tackle First

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Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

So, I woke up this morning to this lovely article from CBC detailing how the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is looking into using FitBit trackers to incentivise workers into healthy activities as a means to cut healthcare insurance costs. Now, this, when I read it was shocking and appalling and OBVIOUSLY TERRIBLE, but apparently the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… Continue reading Fitbits, Insurance, and Discrimination

Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Hello ghouls and ghosties, welcome to October! My life is a little crazy right now between the PhD, and upcoming travel for some writerly related appearances, more on that on my other blog, if you're interested. As a result, this week instead of a traditional blog, I'm posting the comments I provided to the Government… Continue reading Comments on a National Pharmacare Strategy

Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications

A couple weeks ago, I introduced you all the ideas of moral and immoral contexts.┬áThe idea that sometimes we live in a society in which does not punish immoral behavior, and sometimes we live in a society that does. But we can imagine a third kind of context- a context where ostensibly our society punishes… Continue reading Morally Grey Contexts & Policy Implications

The Morality of Voting

So this is a couple weeks late, but I have feelings about the recent Ontario election. This isn't the place for them though. You can read them here instead. What I am going to talk about here is ethics & moral philosophy, because that's what this place is for. Now, I heard and saw a… Continue reading The Morality of Voting

Beyond Treatment

There is a tendency in our culture to categorize issues and fit them into neat little boxes. For example, poverty is a social issue, or it is an issue of individuals being lazy, incompetent, or having some other character flaw which entails that they deserve to suffer. On the flip side, Diabetes, Cancer, etc. are… Continue reading Beyond Treatment

Algorithmic Accountability

In this past I've raised flags about the many of the true issues that make algorithms and AI potentially harmful and therefore, ethically contentious. Luckily, I'm not the only one who has started to notice these issues. For example, the city of New York is taking a stance on the algorithms its government uses in… Continue reading Algorithmic Accountability

Sci-Fi Syndrome and Government Policy

As some of you may know, I am a huge sf nerd. I say "sf" instead of "sci-fi" because of how much of a huge nerd I am. I think in many ways, sf, or at least the sf I love best is often a good way to do philosophy- and in particular, moral philosophy!… Continue reading Sci-Fi Syndrome and Government Policy