Tighter emissions standards create costs for truck manufacturers yet provide health benefits for society. How should they be weighed?
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed steps that would reduce economic benefits to society from new regulations. An economist who worked for Presidents Clinton and Obama calls this a strategy to justify deregulation.
NuScale Power aims to build the nation’s first advanced small modular reactor.
U.S. Department of Energy
Advanced small modular reactors, known as SMRs, will probably have many advantages over older technology. But it's not yet known how they will stack up against other sources of electricity.
The Indian Point nuclear power station outside New York City will be decommissioned by 2021.
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There is simply no credible evidence supporting the contention that America is experiencing a grid emergency.
Protesters at a rally on the state of the EPA organized by the American Federation of Government Employees union, April 25, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Government agencies are supposed to listen to the industries they regulate, but what if they tune out everyone else? Scholars call this regulatory capture, and some staffers see it happening at EPA.
A woman was hit and killed by an Uber driverless vehicle while attempting to cross a road in Tempe, Arizona in March.
A damning report lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to greatly increase the risks of a crash.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25.
By choosing to deal with companies with better data protection policies, Australian consumers can create pressure for change in how personal data is handled across the board.
All bottled water comes from somewhere.
Nestle pays the state a pittance in exchange for its water at a time when public awareness of water issues is rising.
What is it about AI that unnerves us? Alan Finkel suspects it’s a combination of things.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's proposal for regulating AI is a trustmark. Its working title is ‘the Turing Certificate’, in honour of Alan Turing.
Recent controversies associated with the impact, privacy and security of new technologies signal that we need better governance. The government alone can’t fix this. This is a job for everyone.
Cutting red tape is a high priority, but the execution hasn’t always led to results.
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A review of Trump's stated war on regulations doesn't find many successful repeals. But it is hurting regulatory enforcement in quieter ways.
Advertisers may track a customer’s shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
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Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding surveillance devices.
Social media platforms have given a new generation voice and influence for civic good.
The activism of the Parkland teens is a reminder of where social media gets it right. We mustn't forget them in our rush to regulate.
The ACCC inquiry looks at the impact of digital platforms on the supply of news and journalistic content.
Facebook has expressed interest in regulation, but its submission to the ACCC could be a disappointing early indication of how it will downplay its magnitude in future regulatory debates.
Automation could help us avoid future disasters.
US Coast Guard
Developments in technology mean that we can use automation to reduce accidents on oil rigs.
Online drivers work independently. But to improve their working conditions, drivers need to organise collectively.
Drivers for online ride-hailing services face several social conditions that may challenge their efforts to transform collective action into a solid union.
Things could go from bad to worse.
The UK's food regulator, the FSA, is planning a major reorganisation. The timing couldn't be worse.
Members of the tea party movement seen rallying outside the Capitol in 2013.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
The tax agency, as it happens, singled out both conservative and liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. But the myth that it picked on the tea party movement hasn't gone away.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before US senators in Washington, DC on April 10, 2018.
Concerns that regulation could cement Facebook's market position don't account for the unique features of social media business models.
Hackers can interfere with everyday efforts to keep the lights on.
It's easier to see how customers benefit from increased grid security than it is to justify making them pay for it.
Rush hour on the Hollywood Freeway, Los Angeles, September 9, 2016.
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Air pollution could be the next battleground between California and the Trump administration, which is reviewing the Golden State's special legal authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.