Spyware: Rights experts push for surveillance technology moratorium

A group of UN-appointed experts on Thursday called for a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology, warning against the danger of allowing the sector to operate as “a human rights-free zone.” 

News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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“Affordable, absolutely green” housing showcased at UN conference

Housing that is “fast, affordable and absolutely green” will free up cities of the future to build without using any concrete.

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Robust regulation of information technology crucial for economic growth – UN

Effective regulation of the information and telecommunications technologies (ICTs) is crucial for overall economic growth, the United Nations telecommunications agency says in a report released today, stressing that setting rules and standards creates an enabling digital environment.

In message to ICANN, Annan says 'digital bridges' can help fight poverty

Highlighting the "great potential" of information technologies in fighting poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed efforts by ICANN, the international body managing the Internet's domain name system, for its efforts to build digital bridges to developing countries.