ALL RECENT WORLD CRISES COULD BE CONNECTED TO THE SAME CAUSES

United Nations outlined possible causes to the major crises humanity has experienced and the connection that could exist between deforestation, extreme weather, natural disasters, and the pandemic. The major causes at the root of these global issues were determined as climate change, economic rules, and nationalism.

If progress to resolve or improve these structural problems is made, the destruction described by headlines worldwide today would likewise decrease.

Is the undertaking of such major issues possible? What is the next step to solve and address these challenges?

This spread includes excerpts from an article by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. To read the full text please visit: https://news.trust.org/item/20210908090048-p1xlw.

EUROPEAN WEAPONS (INDIRECTLY) FUEL WARS

Though it is banned, European countries continue to export weapons to countries at war, due to the lack of regulation. Europe’s defense industry makes billions in profit from these sales while fueling conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

Without repercussion and regulation, it is a moral battle with government profit at stake. Should countries be responsible for destruction caused by weapons after they are sold to other countries? Can these European countries be recognized as accomplices?

Many anti-violence and peace organizations have protested and spoken out about this issue. However, perhaps even if European regulations become harsher, countries in need of defense will find other exporters.

This spread features an article from EuroNews Unreported Europe. To read the full text please visit: https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/23/are-european-arms-fuelling-wars-and-conflicts-worldwide

AI vs. HUMAN RIGHTS

Is new technology always good? Does AI facial recognition really violate human rights?

A ban has been proposed to halt the use of facial recognition technology due to the possible violation of human rights. As of right now, this technology has been described as imperfect and biased towards certain genders and ethnicities. This solution is likely a result of the widespread use of real-time facial scanning and surveillance used in China to monitor and possibly convict citizens.

The use of underdeveloped facial recognition AI worldwide for purposes of police surveillance could lead to faulty convictions and accusations. However, a ban on this popular high-end technology would interrupt sales and funding for the companies creating these solutions, and interrupt future development and possibility for improving this technology to be more accurate. Or perhaps, the ban will motivate companies to create better facial recognition AI. As of right now, companies leading the AI market such as Microsoft have chosen to support this ban.

The featured article of this spread is from The Independent. If you would like to read more, the full article can be found here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/artificial-intelligence-united-nations-face-scan-social-score-b1921311.html