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What is critical race theory? 🔊

In the last six months, several U.S. states have barred the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Critics suggest this campaign is to eliminate discussions of race in classrooms, while others suggest that critical race theory is poorly understood.

How can we clean up space?

Space might be the final frontier, but, like all frontiers it’s strewn with junk. Luckily, Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Auckland Space Institute has a plan.

Taxing the digital economy: what changes can be made? ▶

In this lecture, Craig Elliffe explains the problems with the existing international tax system and its inability to respond to challenges posed by digitalised companies.

Politics & Society

What is critical race theory? 🔊

What is critical race theory? 🔊

In the last six months, several U.S. states have barred the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Critics suggest this campaign is to eliminate discussions of race in classrooms, while others suggest that critical race theory is poorly understood.

What’s happening in Haiti?

What’s happening in Haiti?

The 7 July assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse, has thrown the country into disarray. Here’s what you need to know.

What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

Instead of seeing Māori ways as an either/or with existing thinking about the world and its governance, Dame Anne Salmond argues it’s time to bring them together for new institutional forms of order for Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Science & Technology

How can we clean up space?

How can we clean up space?

Space might be the final frontier, but, like all frontiers it’s strewn with junk. Luckily, Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Auckland Space Institute has a plan.

Is cyber security a people problem?

Is cyber security a people problem?

In an age where personal information is the new oil, chief privacy officers in companies should be as important as chief financial officers. Gehan Gunasekara explains the human dimension to cyber vulnerabilities – and how we can keep safe. 

Business & Economics

What is the dark side of tourism?

What is the dark side of tourism?

We all know Covid-19 has had a major impact on tourism. Professor Andreas Neef says it’s a good time to have a rethink about the type of tourism the world needs.

Are banks days numbered?

Are banks days numbered?

The growth of crypto is confounding critics and forcing central banks like New Zealand’s Reserve Bank to investigate their own digital currencies.

Arts & Culture

What is critical race theory? 🔊

What is critical race theory? 🔊

In the last six months, several U.S. states have barred the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Critics suggest this campaign is to eliminate discussions of race in classrooms, while others suggest that critical race theory is poorly understood.

How bad was Māori segregation?

How bad was Māori segregation?

Robert Bartholomew says it’s time to educate about a dark chapter of Māori racial segregation. Because while history may not repeat, it speaks to the present.

Free speech: Is it really under threat?

Free speech: Is it really under threat?

We can expect a lot of sound and fury as we start to debate the hate speech provisions that will be aired soon. But hopefully, we can also have an informed debate about the nature of hate, including what occurs online, and the impacts of this on communities, especially those which have been targeted by hate.

What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

Instead of seeing Māori ways as an either/or with existing thinking about the world and its governance, Dame Anne Salmond argues it’s time to bring them together for new institutional forms of order for Aotearoa-New Zealand.