The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What can news organisations do to rebuild public trust? 🔊

This year’s annual Bruce Jesson lecture hosted by the faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland was given by CEO of Stuff, Sinead Boucher. 

Can Joe Biden reverse the authoritarian direction that President Trump took?

As Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021 many questions arise about what a Biden administration will look like to the global community. Early indications show it will be a complete reversal from Trump’s America First policy.

Donald Trump’s post-presidency legal jeopardy: Must he be held accountable to uphold the rule of law?

Despite clearly losing the recent US election — as evidenced by the popular vote, electoral vote and numerous unsuccessful legal challenges – why is Donald Trump still fighting so hard to remain President for a second term?

Politics & Society

What lies behind the war in Tigray?

What lies behind the war in Tigray?

“At the core of the current war between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front is the realignment of politics and the contest for political hegemony.”

Science & Technology

How useful can statistics be in helping ecological conservation efforts? ▶

How useful can statistics be in helping ecological conservation efforts? ▶

In her inaugural lecture at the University of Auckland, Professor Rachel Fewster will give a taste of the diversity of statistical problems in the ecological domain, introduce a charismatic cast of creatures, and give insights into how we can – sometimes – convert baffling volumes of data into interpretable conclusions.

Q+A: Will a possible new COVID vaccine mean the end of the pandemic?

Q+A: Will a possible new COVID vaccine mean the end of the pandemic?

Recent news from pharmaceutical powerhouse Pfizer that a promising vaccine for the COVID-19 virus may soon be made available worldwide, including in New Zealand, has provided optimism in a time of significant anxiety, as infection rates soar internationally.

Business & Economics

What will our future look like with AI? ▶

What will our future look like with AI? ▶

There’s been dramatic progress in learning skills, such as object recognition, translation and speech, and in difficult but uncomplicated tasks like playing chess, Go and video games.

Fast fashion: What are the hidden costs?

Fast fashion: What are the hidden costs?

“The textile and clothing manufacturing industry comes with a heavy price including environmental pollution and the well-publicised issues around the income and working conditions for workers.”

Arts & Culture

How have sports shaped the Black Lives Matter movement?

How have sports shaped the Black Lives Matter movement?

Despite criticism, sports players have used their role and the unique platform of sports to highlight and drive change, from the Springbok tour of New Zealand to the kneeling that Colin Kaepernick did in 2016.

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

New Zealand universities: What’s the reality in our rankings?

“The Labour Party promises to make all tertiary education free by 2024; and this is an admirable goal; but unless it is accompanied by a serious re-thinking of the nature, purpose, and funding base of our universities it will only lead to further decline.”