Museums and Universities Are Using Forced Labor to Build in Abu Dhabi

The Guggenheim. The Louvre. NYU. All have signed on to build outposts on an island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. And according to a new report from Human Rights Watch today, the development where these institutions will be located is being built with forced labor. » 2/10/15 7:03pm 2/10/15 7:03pm

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 10:52am 12/17/14 10:52am

Exactly How the NSA Violates International Human Rights

Even before Ed Snowden leaked his first document, human rights lawyers and activists were concerned about law enforcement and intelligence agencies spying on the digital world. One of the tools developed to tackle those concerns was the development of the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to… » 5/30/14 3:40am 5/30/14 3:40am

Qatar's Reportedly Using Slave Labor to Prepare for the 2022 World Cup

Grim news has emerged from Qatar, where preparations for the 2022 World Cup are underway. Even though construction on the stadiums has yet to begin, The Guardian reports that the working environment for Nepalese migrants amounts to slave labor. And it's probably going to get worse. » 9/25/13 1:37pm 9/25/13 1:37pm

Obama Clamps Down on Tech-Based Humans Rights Abuse By Foreign Nationals

Today, President Obama is going to issue an executive order which will allow US officials to clamp down on foreign nationals who use new technology—from cellphones through to interent monitoring—to help undertake human rights abuses. » 4/23/12 4:19am 4/23/12 4:19am

Nearly Two-Thirds of Apple's Suppliers Don't Abide by Worker Hours…

Apple for the first time (to its credit!) released a list of suppliers today along with a compliance report that shows only 38-percent are abiding by rules on work hours limits. » 1/13/12 1:06pm 1/13/12 1:06pm

Father of the Internet: The Internet Isn't a Human Right

Vint Cerf knows the internet. He co-created it in its baby military form, and he now serves as Google's "Internet Evangelist." You might be surprised, then, when he says the internet isn't a human right—but he's correct. » 1/05/12 8:46am 1/05/12 8:46am

Google and George Clooney Aim Satellites at Sudan, Become…

Ahead of an early January referendum, the two partners, along with Harvard and the United Nations, want Sudanese rebels to know that they are being watched. » 12/29/10 5:00pm 12/29/10 5:00pm

The Best of the Year in Rants

There was plenty to be angry about this year; the Gulf Oil Spill, assaults on net neutrality, Mark Zuckerberg winning Time's Person of the Year. Check out the best rants from our most irate writers in 2010. » 12/27/10 1:40pm 12/27/10 1:40pm

Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It's a Very Bad Idea

There are no naked pre-cogs inside glowing jacuzzis yet, but the Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs. Goodbye, human rights! » 4/14/10 7:20pm 4/14/10 7:20pm

Microsoft Supplier Factory Workers Live "Like Prisoners"

This you should know: There is a good chance that the gadgets you use every day were manufactured by workers who are miserable. This fact has ensnared Apple (and others) on numerous occasions, and now it's Microsoft's turn. » 4/14/10 1:54pm 4/14/10 1:54pm

CCTV to Spy Four Year Old Kids at School

Are these people out of their spanking-loving, English-disciplined, bloody psycho minds? Judging from these news, yes they are: Schools in Britain are now installing CCTV and microphones in classrooms for four-year-old kids. » 12/29/08 1:15pm 12/29/08 1:15pm

HIV/AIDS Patients to Be Tagged with RFID Chips

In the ultimate Nazi-inspired exercise of destruction of the most basic human rights, Indonesian politicians are planning to tag all HIV/AIDS patients with radio frequency identification chips. Their objective is to monitor people who had shown "actively sexual behavior". John Manangsang-one of the the Indonesian… » 11/25/08 2:36pm 11/25/08 2:36pm

Apple Releases Report on iPod Sweatshop Factory Conditions

If you recall, in June Apple was under fire about allegations that their manufacturing facilities in China are working under sweatshop-like conditions. They launched a full-blown investigation into the matter and released their report yesterday. The findings: the Apple manufacturing facilities are a good place to work. » 8/18/06 11:07am 8/18/06 11:07am

Apple Responds to Poor Factory Condtions Accusations

Apple is playing spin control this week, trying to defuse a story that first appeared in a UK newspaper on Sunday, accusing the computer maker of building its popular iPod under near "slave labor" conditions in China. Reportedly, most of the workers at the factory—which is not owned by Apple—are female, work 15-hour… » 6/14/06 4:04pm 6/14/06 4:04pm