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