Tag: Scientific Ethics

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Patronage, Journalism and Open Society.

Article – James Littlewood A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing whats going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), … A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing what’s going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), Jan Rivers (Scoop) and Bernard Hickey (Hive News). The problem is all too familiar. But here...

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What We Always Knew: The TPP and Intellectual Property

Press Release – Binoy Kampmark This is about increasing the ability of global corporations to source wherever they can at the lowest cost. What We Always Knew: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property Binoy Kampmark “This is about increasing the ability of global corporations to source wherever they can at the lowest cost.” Michael Wessel, The Guardian, Oct 9, 2015 Diplomats, trade officials and delegations of the twelve negotiating countries behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement were always doing one thing even as their respective masters were doing another. As the boardroom was carving out democracy and sovereignty, the executives were selling vassalage as well worth it. As President Barack Obama, mask off, was insisting on taking the globe, as far as it he could, further into an American trade orbit, free trade was being sold in all signatory countries as an automatic godsend. Secret during the entire phase of negotiations, it has only been the workings of WikiLeaks that has enabled global citizens to get a glimpse about what exactly we are in for. The intellectual property chapter has now been released in three phases, the first in November 2013, and the final on October 9, 2015. The latter version, dated October 5, is the near, if not actual final product, one which will be sold to the twelve respective parliaments when respective ratification and domestic legislation will have...

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Science Deadline

Press Release – Science Media Centre Tianjin explosion investigated The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts are assessing the situation.Science Deadline Issue 341, 14 Aug 2015 Tianjin explosion investigated The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts are assessing the situation. The series of explosions occurred around 3.30am (NZT) yesterday at a container storage station at the city port, causing widespread damage and injury. Latest reports put the death toll at 50 with over 700 admitted to hospital. The BBC reports that the explosions have been traced to a warehouse at the port which was reportedly storing “dangerous and chemical goods”. Xinhua news reports that a team of 217 military specialists in nuclear and biochemical materials have arrived at the site today to assess potential chemical hazards. A number of toxic chemicals, including cyanide, were present at the port and may have been spread widely by the explosions. “With a blast like this, normally you would expect the transport [of particulate matter] to be along the wind gradient or contours, but a blast this big must push it beyond that in the opposite direction,” Ravi Naidu, Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of...

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Strong Support for Clarification of GMO Council Jurisdiction

Press Release – GE Free NZ On Friday, 24 April GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ with 19 other 274 parties sought clarification in the Environment Court on whether there is jurisdiction in the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor …Strong Support for Clarification of GMO Council Jurisdiction On Friday, 24 April GE Free Northland and the Soil & Health Association of NZ with 19 other 274 parties sought clarification in the Environment Court on whether there is jurisdiction in the Resource Management Act for local control of outdoor use of GMOs in the face of a challenge by Federated Farmers New Zealand. [1] [2] Judge Newhook has reserved his decision, which will be made in the next few weeks. In 2003 the Northland/ Auckland “Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & Management Options” was formed to look at the emerging issue of GMO’s for the whole region. This resulted, after more than 10 years of public consultation, in precautionary GE provisions being placed in the Northland new Regional Policy Statement (RPS). Before the hearing GE Free Northland spokesperson Martin Robinson applauded the efforts of various NZ councils to put in place a much-needed additional tier of local protection against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs to the regions biosecurity, GE free primary producers, economy, environment, and food sovereignty....

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