International Committee of the Red Cross: Digitalizing the Geneva Conventions – giving greater access to the rules of war

International Committee of the Red Cross: Digitalizing the Geneva Conventions – giving greater access to the rules of war. “70 years ago today, on 12 August 1949, the Geneva Conventions were adopted in Geneva. Since then these Conventions have formed the cornerstone of international humanitarian law (IHL), and have been pivotal for the protection of people affected by armed conflicts worldwide. Celebrating this milestone, the ICRC has launched a new digital app enabling users to browse key IHL treaties and texts, anywhere and anytime on a mobile or tablet device.”

TechXplore: Study explores interactions between world leaders on social media

TechXplore: Study explores interactions between world leaders on social media. “Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have recently carried out a study investigating the interactions among different world leaders and influential political figures on social media. Their findings, pre-published on arXiv, provide interesting new insight about how government actors use social media, which could help to better understand the role of new technologies in diplomatic exchanges.”

Phys .org: Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn

Phys .org: Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn. “A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications.”

Motherboard: This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

Motherboard: This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World. “Three years after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which user data was used to target political ads, someone has finally made a way for ordinary people to learn which political campaign ads are being posted on Facebook all around the world.”

Poynter: The scary trend of internet shutdowns

Poynter: The scary trend of internet shutdowns. “Around the world, governments have been turning to network shutdowns with increasing frequency to quell unrest and suppress the spread of rumors and fake news. But there is no empirical evidence that proves this tactic is effective, and activists and journalists alike have raised concerns over the catastrophic side effects these shutdowns often have on communities.”

UNAIDS: Mapping HIV laws and policies

UNAIDS: Mapping HIV laws and policies. “A new website that enables people to identify national laws and policies related to the AIDS response has been launched by UNAIDS. Covering areas as diverse as a country’s ability to diagnose HIV among young babies, the existence of laws that discriminate against transgender people and whether people are prosecuted for carrying condoms, the Laws and Policies Analytics website aims to give a full overview of a country’s laws and policies related to the HIV response. It also allows to view policy data jointly with other data on the HIV epidemic and response.”

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”