In the next decade, billions of online citizens will join the Web, making national borders less relevant and the world more connected. Technology, as well as the hopes it fuels, has empowered millions of people across the globe to demand social and political change from some of its most oppressive governments. Yet, the same technology is being used to suppress and surveil more than half of the world's population: those still living under undemocratic regimes and lacking basic rights. … [Read more...] about An Encrypted Internet Is a Basic Human Right (Op-Ed)
The International Court of Justice in the Netherlands agreed last year to rule on charges of genocide lodged against Myanmar. U.N. agencies and human rights organizations have extensively documented atrocities. Myanmar’s government says it acted justifiably and denies any major abuses. … [Read more...] about UN human rights expert accuse Myanmar army of fresh abuses
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on globally and the number of cases continues rising sharply in India, the hunt for a vaccine is still on. Even as top medical researchers suggest that it could take anywhere between 12-18 months for a fully effective vaccine to reach every part of the world, a new contender from China has emerged as a frontrunner in the race. A research team based out of China has reported success rates in a newly developed vaccine which has reached the human clinical trial phase as of right now. Globally, till now (May 24), there have been over 5.2 million infections and over 3,00,000 recorded deaths. The search for a new vaccine The vaccine, which has been developed in China has shown good effective results and if reports are to go by, has been termed safe for use as well. The news comes soon after the Oxford vaccine trial, which was a strong contender in the vaccine development phase showcased some negative results. The report which has been tabled is based … [Read more...] about Coronavirus vaccine: After Moderna, Chinese COVID-19 vaccine shows promising results; enters the human trial phase
That was the question posed to me countless times at the height of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. As an infectious disease physician, I was interviewed on outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Fox News about the dangers of the virus, and the answer I gave was always the same: “Ebola is a deadly, scary disease, but it is not that contagious. It will not find the U.S. or other industrialized nations hospitable.” … [Read more...] about Why Hasn’t Disease Wiped out the Human Race?
Scientists from Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London found that regions that are home to the greatest amounts of unique evolutionary history -- such as the Caribbean, large swathes of Southeast Asia and the Western Ghats of India -- are being degraded due to "unprecedented" levels of human pressure, such as habitat loss, agricultural expansion and meat consumption. … [Read more...] about Human activity threatens billions of years of evolutionary history, researchers warn
That's right, Dominic. We do. You made your own interpretation of the rules, you don't regret what you did – and for now you are just going to have to contend with the unceasing fury you have unleashed. With respect. … [Read more...] about JAN MOIR: Dominic Cummings sounded practically human at first. But as the garden grilling wore on, my goodwill fizzled out like damp charcoal