Daniel Munro

Marchers at a white-supremacy rally encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017. (Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The ethics of restricting speech on social media

There are good reasons for tech companies to prohibit hate speech on their platforms. But their status as private organizations is not one of them.
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Are we ready for the brave new world of artificial wombs?

In deciding whether to use artificial wombs, we need to revisit one of the oldest and most important questions in philosophy: What is a life worth living?
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Should older people lose the right to vote?

Some have argued that disenfranchising the elderly would allow younger people to make decisions about their future, but is it really that simple?
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Should you sell things you get for free?

Give-away websites allow participants to exercise generosity and build community, but some recipients are turning them into a way to make money
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The ethics of police using technology to predict future crimes

Using computer models to determine where crime is most likely to occur could reinforce police biases about neighbourhoods with ethnic or racial minorities
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Should mentally ill Canadians have access to assisted dying?

It may make some people understandably uncomfortable, but extending the right to assisted dying to the mentally ill is a compassionate solution

Rise of the biohackers

As fears of gene-editing technologies in the hands of amateur scientists grow, we should focus on genuine risks and not overreact to speculative threats
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Is it okay for a city to track what’s in your poop?

That’s just one of the ethical dilemmas sure to arise as municipalities across Canada rush to embrace smart city initiatives