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· May, 2015

Stories about Technology from May, 2015

30 May 2015

The Biggest Source of Plastic Trash You've Never Heard of

From acres of sheeting to miles of twine, farms use billions of pounds of plastic each year. What can we do to reduce the impact?

27 May 2015

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

Global Voices Advocacy

The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, thus allowing easy access to and monitoring of all user conversations by the paramilitary group and intelligence agents.

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

22 May 2015

In Bangladesh, It's So Long to Cyber Cafés

Cyber cafés in Bangladesh are shutting down because of easy Internet access on mobile phones. In the past five years, more than 40 percent have closed shop.

20 May 2015

Amateur Cartoonist Lands Radioactive Drone on Japanese Prime Minister's House

Yasuo Yamamoto's drone carried a small amount of radioactive soil from Fukushima. Japanese netizens quickly discovered that he maintained a blog and published original manga of an unsettling nature.

19 May 2015

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

The Media Is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

18 May 2015

Online Platform Alerts People in Mexico's Jalisco State to Organized Crime Violence

After several attacks from a powerful Mexican cartel, the Jalisco government hopes that technology can keep citizens informed about clashes and "narcobloqueos."

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Global Voices Advocacy

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

In Japan, a Social Network Dedicated Entirely to Weather News

Like weather? Interested in citizen journalism? A Japan-fan to boot? SoLive24 may be the social network for you.

Amid “Intelligent” Censorship Discussions, Iran Affirms Facebook Will Remain Blocked

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

Keeping Minors Safe Online Is Everyone's Responsibility

4 May 2015

Hong Kong Civic Groups Demand Legal Protections Against Mobile App Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong pro-democracy advocates fear that police have been monitoring instant messages and chat apps with no government oversight.

3 May 2015

Private Initiatives Take the Helm in Solving Europe's Shipwreck Crisis

"With this project, we want to draw attention to the fact that it shouldn't be our aim - but that of the EU."

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