The UN Will Debate the Ethics of Killer Robots This Week

This week the United Nations will debate the role of so-called "killer robots" on the battlefield — so called, because robots are currently killing humans on the battlefield, and the next steps in their robo-evolution will have serious consequences for the future of war. » 5/11/14 12:30pm 5/11/14 12:30pm

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. » 4/07/14 4:00pm 4/07/14 4:00pm

Even the U.N. 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 organization says it's just keeping up with the world's technological advances. » 12/05/13 10:45am 12/05/13 10:45am

The UN Is Building an Emergency Back-Up Tower Next to Its Headquarters

As the United Nations wrapped up its 68th General Assembly last week, a major piece of news nearly slipped under the radar: Designs for the UN Consolidation Tower, a 36-story building that will flank the headquarters like an eager little brother, housing almost 3,000 employees. But besides offering much-needed… » 10/01/13 3:14pm 10/01/13 3:14pm

Lego United Nations HQ seems way more functional than the real one

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. » 9/26/13 6:31pm 9/26/13 6:31pm

The Plan to Defrost Walt Disney and Save Capitalism With Sea Cities

Remember that time back in the 1990s when Walt Disney was awakened from his cryogenic sleep, started building artificial islands off the coast of Massachusetts, and then privatized the U.S. military to protect his new capitalist paradise from an evil, one-world government? » 9/24/13 12:40pm 9/24/13 12:40pm

The United Nations Gets a Revamp, Just in Time For the General Assembly

This week, as delegates descend on the United Nations for the 68th General Assembly, they just might be spending their free time in a brand-new lounge area. The renovation, officially opening on Wednesday, is an official gift from the Netherlands to the UN, so it's only appropriate that it was masterminded by two of… » 9/23/13 11:00am 9/23/13 11:00am

The NSA Has Even Listened In On Encrypted UN Communications

According to documents read by Der Spiegel, the NSA was able to bypass the United Nations’ videoconferencing system in summer 2012 and decrypted 446 internal communications in three weeks for a total of 458. Der Spiegel quoted the documents (translated from German) as saying that the hack had, "a dramatic improvement… » 8/25/13 10:49am 8/25/13 10:49am

Predictably, 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 US has point-blank refused to play ball—along with Canada and the UK—and that stops proceeding dead. » 12/14/12 3:45am 12/14/12 3:45am

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. » 12/03/12 11:39am 12/03/12 11:39am

TeamPoison Busts Into the UN and Leaks Passwords

The tech security gurus at the United Nations just got quite a startle: A team of hackers posted about 1000 login credentials for United Nations staff members on PasteBin. Apparently a large number of the passwords were simply blank. Seriously, guys? After LulzSec? » 11/30/11 9:22am 11/30/11 9:22am

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 is born today in Manila, the Philipines, and weighed just 5.5 pounds (she was one month premature). » 10/31/11 11:30am 10/31/11 11:30am

The UN Says Taking File Sharers Offline Violates Their Human Rights

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. » 6/03/11 9:20pm 6/03/11 9:20pm

WikiLeaks Diplomatic Bombshell Reveals Strange Tech Snooping Schemes

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. » 11/29/10 10:40am 11/29/10 10:40am

San Francisco to Provide Home for New UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco and Supermayor Gavin Newsom announced plans to take the pollution-mired Hunter's Point Shipyard and build a $20 Million, 80,000-square foot UN Global Compact Center, which will serve as a "climate change think tank and green tech incubator." » 8/03/09 9:00pm 8/03/09 9:00pm