The Ethics of Unpaid Internships

Internships, both paid and unpaid, have become a recent phenomenon in 21st century United States. Undergraduate college students experience pressure to graduate with an internship on their resume to prove to employers that they have the work ethic necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce. However, students who take unpaid internships are often required to perform meaningless tasks, left vulnerable to experiencing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and must have a degree of financial means in order to participate in these programs. It is ingrained in the minds…

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…