Tech scores with robots in Brazil

This week in Around the World, it’s cheap chips for India’s mobile market as Mozilla prepare to launch a $25 smartphone. The tech game-changers hit Brazil, with drone spies and exoskeletons defending the World ...

BRICS and mortarboards

This week in Around the World, the innovation that could bring computing within reach of the world’s poorest, and the innovator setting out to prove the case for online learning in Nigeria. News of an infrastru...

Something pixelated in the state of Denmark

Whither Denmark? In this week’s Around the World, find out about the connections students and teachers are making in India, Africa, London and elsewhere. Learn how scientists are stepping in to help the rescue mission for the kidnapped children of Nigeria....

Out of Kontakt

This week, a mixed bag from Around the World: human rights find support in Indonesia, and millions of Indians benefit from online news; but in Russia, it appears that state control is affecting social media fre...

Antisocial networking

As MOOCs move into their second phase, the knives are coming out: questions have been raised about their effectiveness, their openness – and now, about ownership and copyright. News has also come in this week a...

From hackerspace to outer space

The Web turned 25 yesterday, and its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, took the opportunity to call for a bill of online rights to defend users against surveillance. Meanwhile as Iran considers scaling down its censorship, Turkey’s Erdoğan is considering banning Face...

Loggerhead turtles – a varnishing species?

War and peace this week in Around the World. The battle-lines are being drawn online, both in Europe’s new flashpoint, Crimea, and on the North/South Korean border. But this shouldn’t overshadow the good news: ...

Congo Robocop

This week in Around the World, discover the small-scale tech innovation projects that could have a huge impact on the world of tomorrow, from Congolese robotics to Estonian startups. Meanwhile, Swiss languages ...

Give me a drone where the buffalo roam…

Stories from Ukraine have sobered the widespread adulation previously given by gushing journalists to social and communicative media since the revolutions in the Arab world. We previously reported on the text message sent to Ukrainian protestors, reading “Dear...
by Mstislav Chernov

Blogging, bloating, and other stories…

It’s a series of upsides and downsides this week in Around the World, with stories of technology’s incredible ability to inspire, empower, annoy – and even oppress. In Kenya, an innovative app is providing eye ...