Ethics & Society Newsfeed: October 14, 2016

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Health Care and Bioethics

DNA database highlights need for new medical privacy protections
Creation of a national repository of genetic information is seen by some as crucial to reducing medical costs and improving people’s healthcare.

‘Big data’ could mean big problems for people’s healthcare privacy
Public and private insurers are spending millions of dollars on systems that can predict people’s future healthcare needs.

Colorado Wrestles With Ethics Of Aid In Dying As Vote Looms
Colorado man says he would like the option to end his life rather than face a painful death and advocates for Colorado’s Proposition 106  or “death with dignity.”

The NIH needs to review the ethics of research on primates
Congress asked the National Institutes of Health to review “its ethical policies and processes” on nonhuman primate research “to ensure it has appropriate justification for animal research protocols.”

Breast Cancer Death Rates Are Down, But Racial Disparities Persist
Women are less likely to die of breast cancer than they were a decade ago, but not all women are benefiting from that trend.

The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare in ABC Religion and Ethics Opinion
While an unbridled right to conscientious objection presents serious problems, it is nevertheless reasonable to give more space for conscience than the liberal democratic critique allows.

“Testing in the East”: An Episode in Cold War Bioethics
Understanding conditions of medical ethics in East Germany and the other socialist states during Cold War  incorporating expertise from cultural history, law, and the social sciences, as well as dogged archival work.

Government and Policy

Voters to decide if lawmakers should face ethics scrutiny
Rhode Island voters will decide in November whether to give an ethics commission power to investigate lawmakers for conflicts of interest and sanction them when they are found to have acted improperly.

How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds
Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.

Ethics rules would have little impact on a President Trump
Government ethics laws do not offer much in the way of comfort in regard to Trump’s conflicts of interest and personal wealth

Donald Trump’s Lewd Access Hollywood Video Locker Room Language Encourages Rape Culture
“Locker room” language encourages rape culture, even if it stays private

Technology and Business

Do no harm, don’t discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics
Robot deception, addiction and possibility of AIs exceeding their remits noted as hazards that manufacturers should consider

If War Can Have Ethics, Wall Street Can, Too
Addressing ethics and morality on Wall Street’s continued corruption

Clothes with a Conscience: 3 Apparel Brands that Combine Fashion and Ethics
Shopping ethically does not come at the expense of style with three brands

Why the travel industry’s ethics matter
More consumers are concerned about ethics, and a clever declaration of values fulfills their desire “to believe that they, by extension, are ethical people if they buy goods and services from ethical businesses.”


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