Open Data: Privacy vs. Innovation

With a countless number of avenues in which we can find data, it can be difficult to differentiate between credible and illegitimate sources. The Internet at large is an information platform, where accurate facts are lost in a jungle of fictitious data. Open data is the transparent and accessible flow of researched information, allowing new data to be universally available with permission to reuse or redistribute the data. The number of available government and scientific information has skyrocketed ad infinitum. These datasets have empowered citizens, government agencies, and researchers to…

The Ethics of Nudge Theory in Policy Implementation

In an era of unprecedented polarization and daily legislative gridlock, policy makers are always looking for new and innovative ways to create solutions to the problems of today. Traditional avenues of regulatory mandates are often time consuming, cost-prohibitive and have the potential to fail in achieving the very goals they set out to meet. Enter nudge theory, an alternative approach to policy implementation that eschews the normal route of collective discussion and application of mandates. Rather than centering on the creation of a more deliberative democracy, nudge theory operates on…