Digital Human Rights; Abuse Emojis; Google’s I/O Show; the Robot Wars

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

UN Report: Encryption is Important to Human Rights

The United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said digital security and privacy are essential for freedom of expression around the world. A new U.N. report said encryption and anonymity tools help “provide the privacy and security necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age.”

Emojis Help Kids Communicate Abuse

Swedish non-profit Bris, which runs a helpline for children and teenagers, has developed a new iOS app and keyboard called Abused Emojis. The app is designed to help kids and teens use symbols to communicate more freely about any difficult circumstances they may be experiencing.

What to Expect From Google’s Big Conference

All eyes are on Google’s annual I/O developer conference, kicking off today in San Francisco, California. The company is expected to reveal more details about its latest Android mobile operating system, Android Pay, new hardware and a few surprises.

First Look Inside Google’s Huge Show Today

And if you want a closer look at Google’s big show, which will be attended by up to 5,000 people, writer Matt Rosoff offers an inside look for those who can’t be there.

Linux/Moose Malware Wreaks Havoc on Social Networks

Eset security researchers published a report Thursday about Linux/Moose – a type of malware that hijacks routers to steal log-in credentials and spread to other devices. The report details a year-long investigation of a hidden traffic flaw involving the malware.

Japan Unleashes A Robot Revolution

Japan is leading the world with the robot revolution. The latest robot revealed is a lifelike receptionist at the entrance of Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store that cheerfully welcomes shoppers. But both China and South Korea are catching up fast and positioning themselves as key players in the robot manufacturing competition.

Man Slapped With $120 Ticket for Using Apple Watch While Driving

Let this be a lesson. Canadian police pulled over a Quebec resident and fined him $120 for using his Apple Watch while driving. The driver was apparently using the Apple Watch to change the music he was playing in his car.

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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