All aspects of doing research with integrity and honesty are being discussed in this section
Are blockchain applications guided by adequate social values?
The Algorithm God
The greater evil
Deep risk in pharmaceutical shipping sparks debate
Macchiarini scandal: overstepping the research ethics mark
Can ethics training improve the quality of research?
Navigating SSH research integrity straits: between Scylla and Charybdis
Shaping tomorrow’s research integrity
What funding agencies and journals can do to prevent sloppy science
In May 2017, the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity will take place in Amsterdam. It will provide an opportunity to discuss concrete actions that can be adopted by funding angencies and scientific journals to improve the overall quality and integrity of research. In this opinion piece, Lex Bouter, professor of methodology and integrity at VU University Medical Center in The Netherlands sets the scene for the conference. Read more [...]
Robo Sapiens: a new legal person on the horizon?
The legal implications of the consequences of the actions of robots endowed with artificial intelligence are currently the object of discussion at the European Parliament. In this opinion piece, Orsolya Zara, legal and policy advisor to an MEP at the European Parliament, in Brussels, provides some insights into changes pertaining to robots liability that may need to be implemented in civil law. Read more [...]
The ethics of intervening in addicts’ lives
Philosophical puzzles apply in public health too. In addiction, there is a subtle balance between the rights and responsibilities of the individual and the State. Particularly, when it comes to intervening in the lives of people addicted to substances such as tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Here, Julian Kinderlerer, professor of intellectual property law at Cape Town University, South Africa, who is also president of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), outlines all the facets of the ethical dilemma associated with State intervention towards addiction, and places the role of scientists and ethicists in informing a balanced debate. Read more [...]