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Ethical Reaction Time: What it is and why it matters

By Matthew Gentzel and Ben Hoskin, cross posted here . People often dismiss the practical application of philosophical ideas such as the  trolley problem . In the problem an out of control trolley is racing down a track toward five workers who will not be able to get out of... Read More
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Transgenic mosquitoes, update Effective Altruism Policy Analytics

In March 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a draft of its environmental assessment on the potential impact of testing OX513A mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. OX513A mosquitoes are genetically modified to pass genes to their offspring which result in offspring death. They are used to suppress Aedes... Read More
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How to support and improve the Reach Every Mother and Child Act

As some experts have noted, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 is likely to accomplish a lot of good, helping to save 600,000 mothers and 15,000,000 children by 2020 according to USAID’s estimates . Right now the bill has a small number of bipartisan sponsors in the... Read More
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End of Project Write Up: Effective Altruism Policy Analytics

If this is your first time reading about Effective Altruism Policy Analytics, you can look at our website here for more information: https://eapolicy.wordpress.com/ Effective Altruism Policy Analytics finished its last policy comment for the summer on Saturday, September 12th, 2015. The project ran longer than its initial funding period due... Read More
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Effective Altruism Policy Analytics Update

If this is your first time reading about Effective Altruism Policy Analytics, you can look at our website here for more information: https://eapolicy.wordpress.com/ Effective Altruism Policy Analytics has now been working for eight weeks, and is more than halfway through its experimental period. Our overall strategy for finding regulations to... Read More
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Effective Altruism Policy Analytics, cooperative documents and feedback

For those who haven't seen already, Effective Altruism Policy Analytics  made its first post  last week and will still be looking for more assistance going forward.  We are looking for help in: Finding experts Making policy comments Getting feedback Logo design Building a website Searching regulations.gov If you are interested, or... Read More
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Introducing Effective Altruism Policy Analytics: Request for help and expert consultation

In fall 2014 the Effective Altruism Society of DC and Effective Altruism at UMD started an experimental policy project attempting to bring effective altruism ideas to public policy. We produced comments for regulations on the federal register proposed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. By offering independent... Read More
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Should your choice of charity change based on how much money you have?

Earlier this year, Bernadette Young and Peter Hurford recommended that I make a post like this once I had enough karma:   At an event hosted by the DC Effective Altruism meet-up group, we discussed if any organizations with large amounts of money, such as USAID, the Bill and Melinda... Read More