Social issues

Boston

Fiction books may have you believe that future smart cities are full of flying cars and robots, but some simple things like being able to report vandalism, litter, potholes, etc. through your phone using mobile apps, twitter, websites, or phone calls can help you get closer to the future smart city of your dreams. This is possible through Boston 311 systems where the citizens can...

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Anonymous sources

Being an anonymous source is a great option for people to come forward and report something as it does not pose the threat of the news circling back to them and hence ensuring their safety in most of the cases. However, on the other hand, it poses a problem for the journalists as the credibility of the news cannot be justified since no one knows...

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art

Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator. During his lecture at Northeastern University, he said, “Comics burn their way passed your peripheral defenses into your brain directly through the eyeball. They dig deep because they work the same way your brain works.” The lecture was held as a memorial for Morton E. Ruderman. It was presented by the University’s Humanities Center as well...

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FBI

The September 11, 2001 attacks brought out an evident transformation in the working of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is more intelligence driven and works heavily towards emphasising terror prevention and strategic thinking. Thomas Harrington, the FBI’s associate director told the Northeastern University members that this change hasn’t been easy but it was necessary to protect the nation from the threats of tomorrow.   Northeastern...

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Global Resilience

Disaster resilience is a critical issue facing every nation. Resilience is about addressing the need to be able to better anticipate and adapt to risks, to nimbly recover from disruptions when they happen, and to “bounce forward” by building back better and smarter. The world in which now seven billion people live has now become a riskier place to live in and to operate due...

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Violence is a persistent problem in the US. It results in thousands of deaths and injuries annually. In 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries, and 33,636 deaths. These deaths included 21,175 suicides, 11,208 homicides, 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with undetermined intent. In 2017, gun deaths reached their highest level since...

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Artificial intelligence and ethics

There is a race going on in the artificial-intelligence sector. Everyone wants to get their hands on the next best thing as soon as possible. Ethics sometimes take a back seat in such cases. New technologies should be focused on human ethics and a universal desire to make life better for people around the world. This is a pressing concern when it comes to military...

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foster

There are very few who deviate from their already decided career paths and choose to walk towards contributing themselves for a social cause. One such graduate of the Northeastern University  left his admission to many top schools of law and chose to spend a year on launching a non-profit organisation. This organisation provides practical life skills and emotional stability to help and support youths of...

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does broken window theory accurately indicate the reason for crime rate in society

Researches are challenging the traditional broken window theory. It says that acts of public disorder such as graffiti, litter, and abandoned homes encourage future crime. Now research led by Northeastern University’s assistant professor, Daniel T. O’Brien has shed light on the factors that predict crime in an urban neighbourhood. One of the prominently found facts in the research is that private conflict may be a stronger...

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