updated November 2020

In the digital age, we should not expect our online activities to remain private

Author: Kaja Molinksa INTRODUCTION Has the expectation of privacy become outdated? Over half the world’s population uses social media [Ref: Datareportal] and there are now many official ‘track and trace’ apps to combat coronavirus infections [Ref: The Atlantic]. Many today declare they are worried about privacy, but continue to use services that hoover up their data, a contradiction termed the …

updated October 2020 January 2020

Britain should pay reparations for its colonial past

This topic guide is a companion to ‘Germany should pay reparations for its colonial past’ INTRODUCTION Although the issue of slave trade reparations has long been contentious, the 2020 US election has reinvigorated the debate [Ref: The Guardian] as Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives [Ref: NYTimes] and two potential presidential candidates, …

September 2019 September 2019

Climate Emergency: People should not have more than two children

INTRODUCTION In July 2019, Prince Harry announced that he and the Duchess of Sussex will not be having more than two children for environmental reasons [Source: New York Times]. Many praised the decision, especially following the creation by Blythe Pepino and Alice Brown of BirthStrike, ‘a voluntary organisation for women and men who have decided …

Updated May 2019 January 2019 November 2018

Tourism benefits the world

View a PDF version of this topic guide here. INTRODUCTION Tourism has traditionally been seen as a way of showing appreciation for different places, peoples and cultures, but mounting fears about the impact of mass tourism have led many to question whether tourists are actually ruining the places they love. A debate about the effects …

March 2018

Humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence

INTRODUCTION The increasing ability of machines in recent years to replicate or even supersede human abilities in complex tasks has been impressive. Already, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have been used to allow machines to beat the best players in the world at both chess [Ref: Time] and the Chinese board game Go [Ref: Guardian]. IBM’s Watson system …

May 2017