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The UN plans to go to space in 2021

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has been kicking around in one form or another since the late 50s, becoming fully official in 1962, when it was established under the Department of P

Hacking poverty through mobile tech and social entrepreneurship

In Silicon Valley the term “hacker” has evolved to connote high praise for someone particularly creative, ingenious and adept at finding clever new ways to accomplish a difficult task. And it’s

Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

It's difficult enough already for the visually impaired to read the books and publications sighted people take for granted, but it's downright impossible when the content isn't even available in acces

UN agrees to adopt expanded resolution on online speech rights

A vote today by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to affirm an expanded resolution on online rights. Russia and China had tabled several amendments to the text but these were

Can tech teach kids to teach themselves? XPRIZE, Google, and the UN team up to find out

Hundreds of millions of kids around the world lack access to, among other things, basic education -- much less organized school systems with adequate teaching resources. XPRIZE is hoping that tech can

Can We Get Entrepreneurs And Politicians To Speed Date?

Entrepreneurs need to be more politically engaged. When we think of regulatory hurdles that entrepreneurs face, we think about Uber and Airbnb. But outdated policies affect startups in every industry,

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Violent extremism starts with an idea and an entrepreneur. On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different le

Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disast

WorldRemit Raises $100M To Take On Western Union In Money Transfers

WorldRemit, a UK-based startup that is going after the Western Unions and MoneyGrams of the world with a commission-beating online and mobile remittance service, has raised another $100 million &#8212

U.N. Says Governments Are Increasingly Relying On Private Sector For Surveillance

People deserve a right to privacy in the digital age — that’s what a new report released today by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says.

United Nations' World Digital Library: Pretty damn great

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/oldptmap.jpg" />The United Nations has launched the World Digital Library, a tremendous Web site that currently has about 1,200 documents