environment
UN: Ships Need to Shut Up So Whales and Dolphins Can Hear

The noises made by the gargantuan boats that move our stuff from one continent to another are ruining marine life. So this week, new regulations have been issued by the International Maritime Organization, the sea-faring agency of the United Nations, asking shipping companies to turn down the volume. Read More >>

drones
Even the UN is Using Drones to Spy on People Now

The United Nations now has its own drone program. Its first unmanned aircraft took off earlier this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Joining some 87 countries with the capability, the organisation says it's just keeping up with the world's technological advances. Read More >>

internet
Predictably, the UK and the US Refused to Sign That UN Internet Treaty

Over the past fortnight, the internet has been awash with debate over the future of the internet: the UN, so the stories went, was planning to change the governance of the internet for good. Predictably, the UK and US have point-blank refused to play ball and that has stopped the proceedings dead. Read More >>

internet
Calm Down: Nobody Is Taking Over the Internet

For the next two weeks, the ITU—a United Nations agency that was formed to regulate telegraph lines in the 19th century—will try to make new rules for the Internet. This makes some people worried, but nobody should be. The entire conference is pointless. Read More >>

hacking
Hackers Access "Old" United Nations Server Data

A hacking group which calls itself Teampoison has distributed a collection of email addresses and passwords, which it claims to have obtained from the UN. Read More >>

events
Who Really Is the World's 7 Billionth Person?

The world's 7 billionth person was a tiny little girl named Danica May Camacho who was born today in Manila, the Philipines, and weighed just 5.5 pounds (she was one month premature). Read More >>

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