‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance

10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João…

John Kerry to pressure Malaysia on human trafficking during visit

A senior State Department official says top diplomat John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble efforts against human trafficking on an upcoming visit for regional security talks.

Kerry’s visit, starting Wednesday, comes a week after the department faced a storm of protest for lifting Malaysia off its trafficking blacklist. U.S. lawmakers and human rights activists say the decision was intended to smooth the way for a trade agreement among 12 Pacific rim nations, including Malaysia.

The official maintains there’s been progress in Malaysia’s performance but that it needs to do much more. The official was briefing reporters on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the department.
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Kerala to be India’s First Digital State

Propelling itself ahead of other states in e-initiatives, Kerala will be declared India’s first ‘Digital State’ on August 15. This will be followed by the launch of several projects including high-speed Internet and Wi-fi services in government schools and e-office in all government offices. The government will also unveil ‘Digital Literacy-Phase II’ as part of…