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UN weighs laws for future ‘killer robots’

In this March 17, 2014 file photo protesters rally outside the Iowa Air National Guard base, in Des Moines, Iowa. Seven protesters, who were rallying against the use of drones to carry out military strikes, were arrested at the base. AP

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of “killer robots” if the technology becomes reality someday.

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Online libel defies UN rights panel’s view – law expert

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Online libel in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175) is not in accordance with a United Nations (UN) treaty that covers civil and political rights, a media law expert told the Senate Monday.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

UN telecoms chief dismisses US Internet fears

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The head of the UN telecommunications body insisted that a treaty to be put to member states for signature on Friday does not concern the Internet, dismissing US concerns about online freedoms.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Digital initiative aimed at helping world’s poor

Two little boys suffering from starvation wait for food supplies, 17 October 1992, in Baidoa, south-east of Somalia. War in Somalia has left thousands of civilians hungry, mostly women and children. In the decade since civil war prompted the fall of Somali president Siad Barre in January 1991, the country has been ravaged not only by more factional fighting, but also by famine and the total collapse of central state infrastructure. AFP PHOTO ALEXANDER JOE

A shift to digital payments can improve the global effort to fight poverty and improve conditions for those trapped in a cycle dependent on cash, say backers of a new initiative launched Wednesday.

Posted: September 20th, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A battle for Internet freedom as UN meeting nears

An Egyptian woman shouts slogans and holds a poster of a protester killed during the 2011 uprising in front of policemen outside the police academy courtroom as the country braces for a verdict in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday. AP

A year after the Internet helped fuel the Arab Spring uprisings, the role cyberspace plays in launching revolutions is being threatened by proposed changes to a United Nations telecommunications treaty that could allow countries to clamp down on the free flow of information.

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

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