CSTD

Commission on Science and Technology for Development, twenty-fifth session

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UNs focal point for science, technology and innovation (STI) for development. It is a forum for strategic planning, sharing lessons learned and best practices, providing foresight about critical trends in STI in key […]

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Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes

Virtual Activism attended the first consultation with the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes. The session was the First Intersessional Consultation, as mandated by operative paragraph 10 of General Assembly resolution 75/282, 24-25 March 2022, and it took place at […]

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Font Awesome in on social justice issues

Humanitarian Icons Font Awesome is an industry-standard collection of icons that are used in web development. In a surprise collaboration between OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and Font Awesome, the latter created what it terms ‘humanitarian icons’ that are all free. These icons depict themes of interest to the humanitarian […]

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Dark patterns and human centered design

As someone who teaches user experience, among other things, this session at MozFest 22 was particularly interesting for me. What I knew as persuasive design, addictive design, and emotional design, all of which I found unethical, are now called ‘dark patterns’. Dark Patterns refer to interface design tactics in digital products to persuade one into […]

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