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By using technology to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments undertake the risky venture of undermining human rights. (Shutterstock)

Technology threatens human rights in the coronavirus fight

As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation.
Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments. Shutterstock

Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

A lesson from the 2012 massacre of mineworkers is the need for government to retain its role as primary governance agent, enforcing clear rules and ensuring the provision of public goods and services.
New AMP chair David Murray’s prescription for corporate governance doesn’t acknowledge the structural drivers of systemic misconduct. Joel Carrett/AAP

Treasury admits corporate governance is broken but baulks at systemic fixes

Evidence to the Banking Royal Commission points to the systemic failings of corporate governance built on the idea of shareholder primacy. It's time to rethink the unitary board system for a start.
The royal commission has left AMP with a lot of explaining to do, much of it related to how performance targets drove poor behaviour. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Five steps business can take to ensure aggressive performance targets don’t drive bad behaviour

Pressure to meet ever-higher performance targets can lead to misconduct of the sort exposed by the royal commission. Targets need to operate within a framework of ethical governance to avoid this.

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