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Thai Coup Selfies: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, May 28 2014

Screenshot of a Thai Coup Selfie

A selfie may not be worth a thousand words, but it seems as if they are doing more in Thailand than might be immediately apparent. Based in part on this CNN article, I wrote in a techPresident post last week that the selfies were evidence that Thais were “taking the news [of martial law] in stride.” It seems I did not give the selfies or indeed the selfie takers enough credit.

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Putting the International Spotlight on Killer Robots

BY Carola Frediani | Tuesday, December 3 2013

Campaigning in London to create a worldwide ban on killer robots (image: Stop Killer Robots/flickr)

Imagine an unmanned robot surveying enemy land and deciding, based on algorithms rather than human control, when it should and shouldn't drop a bomb or release a cascade of bullets. These "killer robots," once a topic restricted to an elite group of scientists, military analysts and visionary science writers has now reached a global audience through the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a movement that, very strikingly, seeks to preemptively ban them. Most weapons bans are reactive, taking place after it has exacted a massive toll. Read More

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Pakistan Considering Bill that Would Ban Independent Mapping Projects

BY Nighat Dad | Wednesday, November 28 2012

The government of Pakistan is about to propose a law that would make it illegal for independent bodies to engage in mapping. The Land Surveying and Mapping Bill 2012, proposed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), transfers all mapping authority in Pakistan to Survey of Pakistan (SoP), which reports to the MoD and takes its orders from General Head Quarters (GHQ). Read More

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Shot by Taliban, Pakistani Teen Activist Malala Continues To Be Target of Online Threats and Conspiracy Theories

BY Nighat Dad | Tuesday, October 16 2012

Photo of Malala by the writer.

Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year-old Pakistani girl, was shot in the head last week by Taliban. Her crime was spreading western values — i.e., insisting on the right of girls to attend school. Malala had been the target of online threats for several years; and now, even as she lies unconscious in a U.K. hospital, the Taliban continues to threaten her life if she recovers, while prominent nationalists tweet conspiracy theories accusing the CIA of being involved in the shooting. For Malala, the Internet has been a mixed blessing. Read More

Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah Detained By Egyptian Authorities

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Alaa abd el Fattah speaking at Personal Democracy Forum 2011 in New York in June. The Egyptian activist is reportedly being detained by authorities in his home country pending investigation of charges against him. Photo: ... Read More

Tech's Networking Vets Back Together Again. And Not Just the Young Ones.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Where military veterans live in the United States, with increasing greenness indicating increase in the percentage of veterans as compared to the population as a whole. Image source: The U.S. Census Bureau. Read More

Inside the Life and Mind of Bradley Manning

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 9 2010

Here's a thought-provoking twist. Laying at the heart of the case of Bradley Manning, the Army specialist accused of leaking military documents to Wikileaks, may be Don't Ask Don't Tell, reports the New York Times' ... Read More

Why Do Soldiers YouTube?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 4 2010

To yell out to the world that they exist, in an age when things back home move so quickly that they seem in danger of getting passed by, reports Lisa Taddeo in a great New York Magazine piece: Read More