Tag Archives: Law

Lab-grown brain cells can play Pong – so should they have legal rights?

Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock Joshua Jowitt, Newcastle University The story could have been straight out of science fiction – scientists have grown human brain cells in a lab, and taught them to play the video game Pong, similar to squash or tennis. But this didn’t happen on the big screen. It happened in a lab in Melbourne, Australia, and it raises the …

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The metaverse: three legal issues we need to address

CKA/Shutterstock Pin Lean Lau, Brunel University London The “metaverse” seems to be the latest buzzword in tech. In general terms, the metaverse can be viewed as a form of cyberspace. Like the internet, it’s a world – or reality, even – beyond our physical world on Earth. The difference is that the metaverse allows us to immerse a version of …

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Can schools require COVID-19 vaccines for students now that Pfizer’s shot is authorized for kids 12 and up?

The Food and Drug Administration on May 10, 2021, granted the first emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents. FG Trade via Getty Images Kristine Bowman, Michigan State University With the first COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for adolescents, ages 12 and up, a big question looms: Will students be required to get the vaccine before returning to their …

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AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce compliance

You leave bits of your personal data behind online, and companies are happy to trade in them. metamorworks/ iStock/Getty Images Plus Karuna Pande Joshi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County You’re trailing bits of personal data – such as credit card numbers, shopping preferences and which news articles you read – as you travel around the internet. Large internet companies make …

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Why the Child’s Rights Act still doesn’t apply throughout Nigeria

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock Usang Maria Assim, University of the Western Cape Nigeria adopted the Child’s Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country’s constitution states …

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Child marriage in North Africa: still a lot to be done

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock

Morocco reformed its family law in 2004 to increase the legal age of marriage to 18. Shutterstock Moha Ennaji, Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah This year about 12 million of the world’s children will be married before they turn 18. UNICEF figures suggest about 18% of them will be boys and about 82% girls. Child marriage is widespread across developing …

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When life means life: why the court had to deliver an unprecedented sentence for the Christchurch terrorist

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Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato Was Brenton Tarrant’s silence and acceptance of sentence in court a final act to expand his notoriety? Was his disavowal of previously expressed ideological views a trick? A person capable of planning the Christchurch mosque attacks so methodically may well have mapped the last public chapter, too. By saying little and expressing no real remorse, …

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