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22.11.2020

South Korea towards a multicultural nation!

South Korea towards a multicultural nation!

by Bereket Alemayehu and Nicole Lobos This part of Korea is home to 2.5+ million foreigners who reside all over the country. We are part of the working forces in different fields such as industries and manufacturing, trading and business, education and studies, diplomacy. Recently, a few of us are… »

21.11.2020

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte’s absence from public eye

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte’s absence from public eye

A hashtag calling for Duterte’s ouster also trended on Twitter #NasaanAngPangulo (‘Where is the President?’) began trending on Twitter as Filipinos criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s absence from the public eye and a lack of government relief efforts following two successive typhoons which hit the Philippines starting on November 1. Typhoon… »

19.11.2020

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

At a time when humans are threatening the extinction of so many other species, it might not seem so surprising that some people think that the extinction of our own species would be a good thing. Take, for example, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, whose founder believes that… »

14.11.2020

UNESCO to organize forum on protection of cultural heritage

UNESCO to organize forum on protection of cultural heritage

UNESCO and European institutions will hold an online forum next week to address the challenges of protecting cultural heritage and the role of multilateralism in that goal, according to the world organization. In a statement, UNESCO set out that the event coordinated with the German government, the European Commission and… »

14.11.2020

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

The institution added and removed the pronoun from new portal The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), a cultural institution dedicated to the linguistic regulation of the Spanish-speaking world, inaugurated the “Observatory of Words” portal on October 27. The portal is a provisional collection of terms and expressions that do not… »

08.11.2020

Can the law stop internet bots from undressing you?

Can the law stop internet bots from undressing you?

Imagine that you upload a photograph of yourself on holiday to your favourite social media platform. You are dressed in a swimsuit and you are smiling at the camera. Now imagine later coming across this image while scrolling through your newsfeed. You recognise your face and the background and it… »

04.11.2020

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets this week: Both Armenia and Azerbaijan should immediately stop using cluster munitions, destroy their stockpile, and join the Convention on Cluster Munitions; Poland’s restrictive abortion laws; Saudi Arabia prepares to host a women’s empowerment conference as it jails… »

02.11.2020

Targeting journalists takes a toll on ‘societies as a whole’ – UN chief

Targeting journalists takes a toll on ‘societies as a whole’ – UN chief

When journalists are targeted, “societies as a whole pay a price”, the UN chief said on Monday, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. “If we do not protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and make evidence-based decisions is severely hampered”,… »

01.11.2020

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

US Elections Underscore Challenges of Online Content Moderation By Deborah Brown Social media platforms—under fire for not doing enough to address United States election-related misinformation in 2016—have released a flurry of new policies in recent weeks and months to protect the integrity of the… »

31.10.2020

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same

100 years ago, the first commercial radio broadcast announced the results of the 1920 election – politics would never be the same

Only 100 people were listening, but the first broadcast from a licensed radio station occurred at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 1920. It was Pittsburgh’s KDKA, and the station was broadcasting the results of that year’s presidential election. When the man responsible, Frank Conrad, flipped the switch for the… »

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