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New report: 'SynBio Politics. Bringing synthetic biology into debate'

27-10-2014With this report we want to plea for a more engaging process of political and societal opinion making about synthetic biology.

Subject resources to minimum standards

27-10-2014Minimum standards should be applied to resources regarding f.i. environmental damage or human-rights violations. Management summary of new report.

Facebook as a public sphere: the Black Pete debate

10-10-2014Blogpost: how do discussions develop on Facebook? Karin van Es researched the 'Black Pete' debate in the Netherlands.

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Facebook as Public Sphere: The Black Pete Debate

10 October 2014 09:27

In 2013 UN investigator Verene Shepherd provided that the ‘Black Pete’ character, the blackface companions of Saint Nicholas tradition in the Dutch folklore (commonly...