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Beginning this summer, you might need to upload a selfie and a photo ID to a private company, ID.me, if you want to file your taxes online. Oscar Wong/Moment via Getty Images

Government agencies are tapping a facial recognition company to prove you’re you – here’s why that raises concerns about privacy, accuracy and fairness

Federal and state governments are turning to a facial recognition company to ensure that people accessing services are who they say they are. The move promises to cut down on fraud, but at what cost?
South Africa offers free malaria testing and treatment to anyone entering the country along shared borders. Jaishree Raman

The seven steps South Africa is taking to get it closer to eliminating malaria

The South African Malaria Control Programme is one of the few on the continent that is entirely funded by government. The stable source of funding has allowed for steady malaria control interventions.
Enforcing punishments on proven tax cheats could provide benefits beyond improving compliance to tax laws. Once offenders pay up, billions lost to offshore scandals could be recouped and the tax burden more fairly shared among taxpayers. (Shutterstock)

The Pandora Papers: How punishing tax cheats can serve as a deterrent

Research suggests punishing tax cheats can re-establish a sense of justice among the general public, so authorities should use their resources to ensure culpable offenders are held accountable.
U.S. taxpayers spend more than $2 billion annually in tax preparation fees. Nora Carol Photography/Getty Images

Why can’t the IRS just send Americans a refund – or a bill?

Dozens of prosperous countries save billions of dollars and hours annually by not requiring residents to fill out tax returns, so what is the United States waiting for?
Smart or unethical? What does philosophy say about avoiding taxes? SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Is tax avoidance ethical? Asking for a friend

Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.
These Iowan supporters of Steve Bullock may hope he’ll make good on promises to get ‘dark money’ out of politics. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

What is ‘dark money’? 5 questions answered

A law professor explains political disclosure laws, how donors get around them – and what to do about it.
The New York district attorney dropped a financial fraud investigation of Ivanka Trump, left, and her brother, Donald Jr., right. AP/Seth Wenig

There’s a wider scandal suggested by the Trump investigations

The investigations into the financial dealings of Donald Trump and his associates join a growing body of evidence pointing to lax enforcement of certain high-level financial crime.

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