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Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a robot in a move that appears to elevate its rights above those of women within the Middle Eastern country. The robot called Sophia was wheeled out in front of a crowd at the Future Investment Initiative summit in the capital, Riyadh. It was created by Hong Kong-based company Hanson …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2017

European Patent Office dragged to human rights court – by its own staff

The staff union of the European Patent Office on Tuesday applied to the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to force greater accountability on the organization and its president, Benoit Battistelli. The EPO has carried out a years-long campaign of surveillance, intimidation and disciplinary hearings against staff who …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 May 2017
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Yahoo! human! rights! fund! called! a! sham!! $13m! of! $17m! wasted!

The shriveled husk of Yahoo! has once again been dragged into court, this time over allegations the company mishandled millions of dollars earmarked for humanitarian aid. A complaint [PDF] filed in the Washington DC US District Court on Tuesday alleges that the Yahoo! Human Rights Fund Trust, a charity the erstwhile search …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2017

AI lawyer: I know how you ruled next summer

RotM Artificial Intelligence can predict the outcomes of European Court of Human Rights trials to a high accuracy, according to research published today. The use of AI has is slowly seeping into many industries including the legal sector. AI can trawl through vast amounts of information at a faster rate than humans without slowing …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2016

Russia, China fight UN effort to extend human rights onto the internet

Russia and China are fighting an effort at the United Nations (UN) to extend human rights to the internet. The resolution was due to be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday, but the vote was put off until Friday amid growing tensions and a spotlight put on the vote by a campaign of over 80 organizations, …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jun 2016
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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that mass surveillance is illegal, in a little-noticed case in Hungary. In a judgment last week, the court ruled that the Hungarian government had violated article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to privacy) due to its failure to include "sufficiently …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2016

Europe talks to hackers, security bods on Wassenaar recalibration

Speaking at a roundtable meeting on export controls on Wednesday, Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake said that she and other lawmakers were working to avoid "some of the unintended consequences of the Wassenaar Arrangement." That's the arrangement between various nations on the export of weapons and arms, which includes software used …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2015
Monkey Selfie

Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

A quartet of confused Swedish monkeys have been denied entry to Saudi Arabia – the latest development in an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries. Four tiny Amazonian monkeys, each weighing just over 100g, are at the centre of the spat that started after Sweden's foreign minister criticised Saudi Arabia's human …
Kat Hall, 10 Apr 2015
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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

A European human rights watchdog says companies are being pressured into acting as the internet’s unofficial cops. Nils Muižnieks – the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights – has published an "issue paper", raising alarm bells about “privatised law enforcement, suspicion-less mass data retention, cross-border …
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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed. According to the human rights groups that brought the UK's snooping agency GCHQ to court in July this year, secret internal policies unveiled during a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014

Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

Master spy blabbermouth Edward Snowden defended his NSA whistleblowing actions to the Council of Europe today. He told the human rights' parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, via video link from Moscow, that he had a "personal duty to country, government and family" to reveal details about snooping methods employed by the US …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2014

EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

Attempts by Brussels' Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to rewrite Europe's 18-year-old data protection law ahead of 2014's EU elections took a significant knock on Friday, after a key tenet of the proposed rules faced surprise objections on human rights grounds. The European Commission's vice president, who first tabled the …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2013

Apple iPhone factory workers imprisoned in virtual slavery – report

Global manufacturing giant Flextronics International, which supplies components for Apple, Cisco, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, among others, has been accused of virtually imprisoning workers in indentured servitude. Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Thursday the sad saga of one Nepalese chap, Bibek Dhong, who left his home in a …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Nov 2013
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Vietnam jails man for Facebook freedom campaign

The Vietnamese government has shot itself in the foot yet again on the thorny topic of human rights after a Facebook campaigner was sentenced to 15 months under house arrest for “abusing” his democratic freedoms. Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, has the dubious honour of being the first person in the Communist state to get sent down for …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2013
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Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference

The annual Oslo Freedom Conference, where activists meet to share tips on advancing human rights, has thrown up an unusual piece of Apple OS X malware. At a workshop covering how to secure your hardware against government intrusion, security researcher Jacob Applebaum discovered the code on a laptop owned by an Angolan human …
Iain Thomson, 17 May 2013
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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

An international coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has formed the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a lobbying organization aimed at securing a worldwide ban on fully autonomous weapons. "Lethal armed robots that could target and kill without any human intervention should never be built," Steve Goose, director of …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013
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Sex offenders need internet access, judge rules

A British court has ruled that denying a sex offender access to the internet is an unreasonable intrusion into his civil rights. "Nowadays it is entirely unreasonable to ban anybody from accessing the internet in their home," Mr Justice Collins ruled at the court of appeal in London, the Guardian reports. The case stemmed …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2012
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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

Politically correct security experts have come up with a Voight-Kampff version of CAPTCHAs, the popular but sometimes irritating challenges designed to make sure that a human and not a bot is behind a request to sign-up for an online service or post a comment on an online forum. The Civil Rights Defenders CAPTCHA asks …
John Leyden, 9 Oct 2012

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