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TECH 20 Sep 2017 | 12:09 PM

Silicon Valley challenged by senators over sex trafficking

Web companies opposed to a federal bill aimed at squelching online trafficking of children faced a blunt challenge from US lawmakers at a hearing on Sept 19, and a plea from a mother whose child was slain after being advertised for sex on the Backpage.com website.

TECH 06 Nov 2017 | 5:55 AM

In reversal, US Internet firms back bill to fight online sex trafficking

Major US Internet firms said they would support legislation to make it easier to penalise operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, marking a sharp reversal for Silicon Valley on an issue long considered a top policy priority.

TECH 02 Jan 2018 | 11:00 PM

From Cambodia to India, job matching sites and mobile apps take aim at trafficking

Technology innovations such as a free recruitment service for low-skilled workers in Cambodia and mobile apps for on-demand domestic workers in India could help curb trafficking by eliminating fraudulent middlemen, their developers say.

TECH 25 Jan 2018 | 5:20 AM

Facebook-bashing May wants allies in Davos in taking on Big Tech

On a break from Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May takes her crusade against technology giants to Davos.

TECH 07 Feb 2018 | 10:03 AM

Chinese police don high-tech glasses to nab suspects

Chinese police are sporting high-tech sunglasses that can spot suspects in a crowded train station, the newest use of facial recognition technology that has drawn concerns among human rights groups.

TECH 26 Mar 2018 | 11:30 PM

Craigslist ends personal ads after US sex trafficking bill passes

Craigslist said it shut down its personal ads section as concerns grew over unintended consequences of a law approved by Congress which could hold websites liable for promoting sex trafficking.

TECH 09 Apr 2018 | 5:15 AM

Sex ads website Backpage shut down by US authorities

US law enforcement agencies have seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a posting on the Backpage website.

TECH 04 May 2018 | 4:28 AM

Nigeria’s Internet fraudsters zero in on corporate e-mail accounts

West Africa's infamous internet scammers have evolved, dropping their impersonations of online love interests, princes and US soldiers in favour of hijacking corporate e-mails, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

TECH 10 Jul 2018 | 1:30 AM

As facial recognition use grows, so do privacy fears

The unique features of your face can allow you to unlock your new iPhone, access your bank account or even “smile to pay” for some goods and services.

TECH 23 Nov 2018 | 8:00 AM

Drones, data and digital tools lauded as new ways to fight human rights abuses

From “citizen science” identifying slavery to drones mapping degraded land, technology and data can help create a “search bar for the planet” and detect and fight all manner of human rights abuses, experts told a conference.