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'Worrying' clampdown on human rights: UN condemns Saudi Arabia

'Worrying' clampdown on human rights: UN condemns Saudi Arabia

Calls for release of dozens of prominent figures imprisoned in wave of recent arrests as UN and human rights groups speak out against crackdown on dissent Saudi Arabia faces new calls to release the
Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

Phone calls, Facebook and the odd nap: life as a judge in Myanmar | Joshua Carroll

New research suggests lax, poorly trained judges and shambolic court hearings that contravene local and international law are par for the course in MyanmarDefence lawyer Zar Li Aye was eating lunch
Poorer countries must 'put their hands in their pockets': UK warns of cuts to aid

Poorer countries must 'put their hands in their pockets': UK warns of cuts to aid

Development secretary Penny Mordaunt says Britain will cut payments if nations do not invest in their own peopleBritain will cut foreign aid to developing countries if they fail to invest in their own
Trump-style populism gives 'murderous leaders' free rein, says rights group

Trump-style populism gives 'murderous leaders' free rein, says rights group

Human Rights Watch report accuses western politicians of driving global misrule by feeding off public fear and discontentRising intolerance in many western countries has created an “open field for
Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video

Trump's 'global gag rule': how women are fighting back – video

One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around
Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves?

Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves?

Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abusesThailand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry remains
BigID pulls in $14 million Series A to help identify private customer data across big data stores

BigID pulls in $14 million Series A to help identify private customer data across big data stores

As data privacy becomes an increasingly important notion, especially with the EU’s GDPR privacy laws coming online in May, companies need to find ways to understand their customer’s private data.

The digital world needs new lawmakers

The current, “sudden” plague of deepfake videos is just the latest in a series of “unexpected” events caused by “unplanned” use of…
After 25 years, a breakthrough for victims of Chad dictator Hissène Habré

After 25 years, a breakthrough for victims of Chad dictator Hissène Habré

Trust fund set up to secure compensation will lead efforts to recover $150m stolen from treasury by former presidentA trust fund has been established for victims of the former Chadian president,

Magic Solution? 'Fellowship' of Coders Embark on Ethereum Quest

A group calling itself the "Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians" is seeking to change how the world's second most valuable blockchain makes decisions.
'Disappointing': UK revives aid scheme halted over alleged payments to Syrian jihadists

'Disappointing': UK revives aid scheme halted over alleged payments to Syrian jihadists

Shadow development secretary Kate Osamor questions depth of Foreign Office inquiry as project funding Free Syrian Police is reinstatedThe government has resurrected a controversial multimillion-pound
Chef InSpec 2.0 helps automate security compliance in cloud apps

Chef InSpec 2.0 helps automate security compliance in cloud apps

How many times do you hear about a company exposing sensitive data because they forgot to lock down a data repository on Amazon? It happens surprisingly often. Chef wants to help developers and

$35 Million Refund? Developer Appeals to Ethereum for Hack Reversal

An early ethereum developer is speaking out about why he feels a platform-wide software upgrade should be used to help him recover lost funds.

No Blockchain Is an Island

Blockchain governance is shaped by much more than protocol rules: the underlying internet rails, social norms, markets and laws all have an influence.

Major Blockchains Are Pretty Much Still Centralized, Research Finds

Researchers wade into the centralization debate, setting out data analysis they think could help shed light on the issue.

No-Fork Guarantee? New Cryptocurrency Touts Resistance to Code Splits

Hedera, a new public ledger developed by enterprise DLT software firm Swirlds, uses a patented codebase to prevent forking or cloning of the currency.

Ethereum Is Throwing Out the Crypto Governance Playbook

An ethereum event provided evidence that when it comes to a path forward on governance, the world's second-largest blockchain is going its own way.

Polkadot's Plan for Governing a Blockchain of Blockchains

Blockchain governance is getting a shake-up by a forthcoming blockchain created by one of the co-founders of ethereum.
Governing a decentralized internet without votes

Governing a decentralized internet without votes

When we think of democracy, we generally think of voting: the people are polled, the people decide. But voting is zero-sum: it has winners and losers. There are other models of governance that can
'Untouchable' Myanmar army under fire over torture and murder claims | Joshua Carroll

'Untouchable' Myanmar army under fire over torture and murder claims | Joshua Carroll

A handful of recent convictions show troops are starting to be held to account, while the military are listed for the first time on a UN armed forces blacklistThe three young men went out to get