Tech Sightings, April 23, 2014

Posted April 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Games for Change 2014: How Gaming Can Change Everything

Teaming up with the Tribeca Film Festival, this year’s Games for Change Festival aims to expand the discussion about using games for social change, including their impact on education and their potential use for therapy.

How China and Russia are Trying to Undermine the Internet, Again

A major international conference in Brazil is expected to produce nonbinding, international principles for countries to use in order to manage the Internet. Some countries however, notably China and Russia are more concerned with how Internet governance could affect state authority.

The Internet Keeps Getting Faster and More Dangerous

A report released by Akamai, a leading Internet content delivery network (CDN) company says the global average Internet connect speed is getting faster. But Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are increasing at a faster rate.

Report: Attackers Have Their Sights Set on the Cloud

A new report from Alert Logic shows a significant increase in cloud-based attacks as customers move their data to cloud-based servers.

Air-powered Leopard Robot Doesn’t Need Complex Brain to Walk

A team from Japan’s Osaka University is working to find a more natural way for robots to walk. Their creation is called Pneupard – a combination on the words “leopard” and “pneumatic.” It has artificial muscles that run on compressed air and have the potential to be more realistic than those based on electric motors.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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