Hackable: The New Privacy Ethics
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Hackable: The New Privacy Ethics

(a six-post series) Privacy & Disclosure of Personal Data As people spend more time online and using apps that collect massive amounts of information, government entities grapple with how to define and protect privacy through regulation. To deem privacy waived by a click that allows access, e.g., by acknowledging cookies, seems unprincipled. But there is…

Virtue Signaling in the Medical Arena: An Impediment to COVID-19 Vaccination
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Virtue Signaling in the Medical Arena: An Impediment to COVID-19 Vaccination

Virtue signaling is disingenuous behavior; sometimes it is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Virtue signaling’s chilling and polarizing effects are far broader than a few politically correct topics demonstrate. When people take a position vocally in public for the purpose of expressing their moral rightness, moral superiority, or virtue, they close the…

Facial Recognition Technology in Medicine: A Use-Based Ethical Framework

Facial Recognition Technology in Medicine: A Use-Based Ethical Framework

Facial recognition technology is everywhere. Pew Research found more than half of adults trust law enforcement with facial recognition but fewer trust tech companies, advertisers, and landlords. The data signifies not only that the user matters, but that use matters. Tracking facial reactions to public ads and displays was the least popular use cited by…

Bioethics: Analyzing Reasoning in Moral Controversy
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Bioethics: Analyzing Reasoning in Moral Controversy

In bioethics, moral controversies may have high stakes. Differences of fact or opinion are of a different nature than moral disagreements. There are factual disagreements where a truth may be discovered, making one side right and one side wrong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some such factual questions were politicized, but that alone does not turn…

Bioethics: Black Male Life Expectancy Drops to 68!

Bioethics: Black Male Life Expectancy Drops to 68!

The current estimated life expectancy of a Black man in the US is now 68 years. That is seven years less than White and Hispanic male life expectancy. It is a gap that cannot be explained entirely by the medical causes of death in the CDC report. To solve the disparity, people must look to…

Bioethics & Competition: Antitrust as a Determinant of Health

Bioethics & Competition: Antitrust as a Determinant of Health

Antitrust is one of the biggest current issues in bioethics. Yet, beyond hospital and pharmaceutical industry mergers, it is overlooked by the field. Healthy competition in the corporate or business landscape would impact health. A lack of antitrust enforcement negatively affects health, access to healthcare goods and services, and access to those other goods and…

Happy with Less: A Feminist Take on the Personal Growth Self-Help Industry
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Happy with Less: A Feminist Take on the Personal Growth Self-Help Industry

Through a feminist lens, the self-help industry is sometimes ethically problematic, as noted by various scholars. In particular, the personal growth self-help industry presents a bioethics issue surrounding mental and physical health, equality, justice, employment discrimination, and child care. It challenges the balance between pursuing more and being content with what one has. Some self-help…

Why Is it so Difficult to Challenge the Bioethics Status Quo?
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Why Is it so Difficult to Challenge the Bioethics Status Quo?

My effort to add critical thinking to bioethics, a choppy path at best, sparked me to question some fundamentals about academic publishing. From long ago on the Urban Law Journal at Fordham Law School to my current position at Voices in Bioethics, Columbia University’s journal, I have encountered and managed viewpoint discrimination. In training peer…

Bioethics and Obesity: Toward a Syndemic, Broad Policy Approach
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Bioethics and Obesity: Toward a Syndemic, Broad Policy Approach

Bioethics must recognize a syndemics approach to ethical solutions to the obesity epidemic in the US. The line between public health and personal health is artificial. Economic, political, and social structures influence the body in the doctor’s office. Public health approaches obesity various ways—usually by recommendations of exercise and lifestyles that are unattainable. Public programs…