With attendees from 195 countries convening Paris this week for the UN’s COP21 climate talks, it’s definitely fair to wonder if all that traveling might actually be a bad thing for the climate. Wired did the math.
One of the UN's many delightful eccentricities is its internal United Nations Postal Administration, which was founded in 1951 and issues stamps than can only be used within the UN—even though, intriguingly, they're hugely popular outside of it. The UN recently issued its latest batch of designs, and they're great.
It's rare to see architects working on security and human rights issues—but that's exactly what's happening right now, as a group of designers collaborate with the UN to document drone strikes in the Middle East.
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 organization says it's just keeping up with the world's technological advances.
Disposing of the world's chemical weapon stockpiles is far easier said than done. It's not like the good old days prior to WWII when we could just dump extraneous supplies of mustard gas and other chemical weapons into the open ocean or under Delaware roadways or just big pits at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama—no,…
On Friday the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put its collective foot down about global warming. It's happening and it's our fault. But as with any issue that affects all of humanity, the most important question is what's gonna happen to you? Will you have to give up air conditioning? Will the song "White…
The United Nations is gigantic bureaucracy in which different tribes fight each other for power and dollars, incidentally helping the world from time to time. But they have awesome headquarters in New York City's East River, designed by Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. Now it's available in Lego form.
The US and USSR had more than 60,000 nuclear warheads pointed at each other at the height of the Cold War. While the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 and START in 1994 have shrunk that figure to around 26,000, nobody is really sure how many still exist—because nobody’s ever actually verified the number of warheads,…
It's easier to put a phone in someone's hand than it is to build a proper sanitation system. According to a UN report, 6 of 7 billion people in the world have cell phones, while just 4.5 billion have access to a toilet or latrine.
Facebook, Google, and Netflix are all parts of the Internet many of us consider fundamental. And now, a lobby group sponsored by prominent European telecom corporations is pushing for a bandwidth use fee which would force companies like these to pay up for their internet activity on the other side of the Atlantic. Ugh.
If it wasn't true before, it's definitely true now. Hacking isn't just for giggles, it's a major threat to international security.
Clean water. Not being tortured. Torrents. Yep—the United Nations has enshrined the right to not be booted off the internet by your government has a fundamental human right, slapping proposed draconian European intellectual property laws in the jaw.
The tough thing about translation: You need someone who actually speaks both languages. Easy for Spanish to English, not so much for Swahili to Inuktitut. In the Plex by Steven Levy illustrates how Google's machine translations will revolutionize human communication.
Today's not a good morning to wake up as an American diplomat. The weekend's WikiLeaks disclosure of covert communications has revealed some strange tech plots surrounding world figures—Bluetooth bugs implanted in prisoners. DNA gathering. UN stalking. Weird stuff.
In a gesture of peace, happiness and love, the UN has decided to back the much-talked-about $100, hand-cranked laptop. And you won't believe where the the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is planning on signing the partnership agreement with MIT's Nicholas Negroponte. Yes, that's right, the luxury ski…