Involuntary Sterilizations of Indigenous Women in Canada Prompt Condemnation by UN Committee on Torture

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) The UN Committee on Torture published a report this Friday urging the Canadian government to launch an investigation into the involuntary sterilization of Indigenous women and girls. The report follows the filing of a class-action lawsuit representing 100 Indigenous Canadian women who allege that they were coerced or forced to…

What is “Social Credit”? How Big Data is Expanding Credit Access in China

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) In 2014, the Chinese State Council announced that it would begin pursuing the establishment of an ambitious national credit scoring program. The “Social Credit System” aims to amalgamate previously fragmented data held by governmental agencies and private firms to establish a standardized credit score for individuals, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and…

Free Tuition at NYU Medical School May Reduce Accessibility for Low, Middle-Income Students

By Katya Pollock (PO ’21) The New York University School of Medicine recently announced that it would offer full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students, regardless of need or merit. The school’s associate dean of admissions and financial aid presented the new tuition plan as a move to improve the school’s economic accessibility: “what…