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The most powerful passports in the world in 2020, ranked

January 12th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Singapore, which ranked as the second-best place to hold a passport from in 2020, tied for first place last year. The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the most powerful passports in the world based on how many destinations the holder can enter without a visa, was just released. Japan secured the top spot […]



The coming surge of separatism

January 8th, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Why splittists will be on a roll around the world FROM CATALONIA to Kashmir, and from Hong Kong to Scotland, separatist movements will make headlines in 2020. At best, this will lead to political turbulence and tension. At worst, it could lead to violence. Across the world, two types of identity-driven movements are increasingly clashing—and […]



China introduces mandatory face scans for people buying mobile phones

December 6th, 2019 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

The rule came into effect on December 1st, to “protect” Chinese citizens’ rights and security in cyberspace. Now people buying new mobile phones and phone contracts in China will have to provide a scan of their faces. The rule came into effect on Sunday, 1 December and is meant to “protect the legitimate rights and […]



Australian Defence Force looks to integrate robots

December 1st, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

A Ghost Robotics’ Vision 60 quadruped robot supports the soldiers of the Australian Army during an autonomous systems demonstration at the Majura Training Area, Canberra. What could possibly go wrong? The same week the latest movie in the Terminator franchise hit theatres, an Australian Defence Force publication ran photos of a prototype Ghost Robotics Vision […]



Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

November 29th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”. […]



India mulls incentives to woo 324 firs as trade war simmers

November 26th, 2019 at 1:54 pm » Comments Off

  India Plans Incentives to Bring In Foreign Manufacturers From Tesla to Glaxo Bloomberg) — India is planning to offer 324 companies including Tesla Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc incentives to set up factories in the South Asian nation in a bid to capitalize from the trade war between China and the U.S., according to a […]



The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota

November 24th, 2019 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Late last year, as the Chinese government prepared to enact tough new tax rules, the billionaire Sun Hongbin quietly transferred $4.5bn worth of shares in his Chinese real estate firm to a company on a street corner in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the least populated and least known states in the US. Sioux […]



$69 trillion of world debt in one infographic

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

Two decades ago, total government debt was estimated to sit at $20 trillion. Since then, according to the latest figures by the IMF, the number has ballooned to $69.3 trillion with a debt to GDP ratio of 82% — the highest totals in human history. Which countries owe the most money, and how do these […]



The internet is getting less free

November 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

A protester holds an Amazon box made into a sad face as part of a protest against the company’s cloud services contracts with Palantir, which supports ICE. Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting internet freedoms.   Amazon has been under fire from protesters lately for assisting surveillance technology company Palantir — […]



Women win the right to go topless in 6 states

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:21 am » Comments Off

  It’s unlikely that mayhem and anarchy will ensue The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a ban on women being topless in public in Fort Collins, Colorado. The court’s decision makes it now legal for women to go topless in all of the states that fall under the 10th Circuit — Wyoming, […]



AI to ‘fundamentally shift’ global balance of power

October 17th, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

The focus of Australia’s cyber diplomacy is expanding to include “grand strategy in technology”, as well as engagement with technology firms and governments. Rapidly maturing technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing will “shift fundamentally the global balance of power”, according to Dr Tobias Feakin, Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. “Those [nations] […]



Chinese citizens will soon need to scan their face before they can access internet services or get a new phone number

October 17th, 2019 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

: A display shows a facial recognition system during the 1st Digital China Summit at Strait International Conference and Exhibition Center on April 22, 2018 in Fuzhou, China. The summit is held from April 22 to 24, with the theme of ‘Let Informatization Drive Modernization, Speed Up the Construction of Digital China’. Visual China Group […]



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