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  1. Space

    The United Nations Will Create an International Asteroid Warning Group to Protect the World from Devastation

    Like us, the United Nations also gets spooked by flying death rocks from space, and that's why they're moving forward with plans to create an International Asteroid Warning Group. The network of participating nations would let everyone know when there was an asteroid threat to the Earth and then launch a mission to ram it safely off course.

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  2. Tech

    Ron Paul Loses Disputes Over RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, Found Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

    Ron Paul just can't win when it comes to the Internet, and really, it's his fault in the first place. First he asked the UN, an organization he notoriously does not like, to take the domain RonPaul.com from the huge supporter base that runs it so that he can have it. Now not only has the UN ruled in favor of those supporters, but they've also found Paul guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Sucks to be you, Ron.

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  3. Weird

    United States, Canada, and UK Refuse to Sign New United Nations Internet Treaty

    Delegates from 193 countries gathered in Dubai to revise a United Nations treaty controlling global telecom codes that hasn't been updated since 1988, well before the modern age of the Internet. That sounds incredibly dull and uninteresting, but the implications of the treaty could have a deep impact on the way the Internet is managed around the world. When a final version of the treaty was presented, the delegates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations refused to sign it. So what did they find so objectionable?

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  4. Tech

    United Nations Wants More Internet Surveillance Because of Terrorism, Naturally

    You might want to sit down. Are you sitting down? Okay, good. This might come as a shock, so brace yourselves: People use the Internet, and sometimes they might use it to conduct shady activities like, you know, terrorism. That's why the United Nations thinks we should identify Internet users before allowing them access. Also, social media is a haven for terrorists. In essence, the entire Internet might be harboring bad people, and needs to be watched more closely.

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  5. Tech

    United States Will Resist Giving United Nations Control of Internet

    As it currently stands, a series of non-profit United States organizations play host to the Internet's technical aspects and especially domain registration, which the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN handles. That could potentially change this year. The International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency on telecommunications, is hosting the World Conference on International Telecommunications in December. Some say the conference will push for control of the Internet to pass to the U.N., which the U.S. has said they will resist.

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  6. Weird

    Halo UNSC Logo Mistakenly Used for United Nations in BBC Broadcast

    Look: We all make mistakes, but that doesn't make them any less amusing. This time, someone in the BBC's research department must have been running pretty fast and loose with the Google image search because he or she pulled this logo of the United Nations Space Command from Halo instead of the actual United Nations logo for a broadcast on violence in Syria.

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  7. Tech

    United Nations Hacked, Accounts Leaked

    Hacker collective TeaMp0isoN has leaked account information -- email addresses and passwords -- after hacking the United Nations. The accounts belong to individuals spread throughout groups within the United Nations, such as the United Nations Development Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and others. On their Pastebin dump, TeaMpoisoN noted that some of the user ids had blank passwords, something that is even ridiculous for your mom's junk email account to employ, much less a United Nations organization account.

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  8. Tech

    Internet Will Pass 2 Billion Users This Year

    According to the International Telecommunication Union, "the leading United Nations agency for information and technology communication issues," the Internet will surpass 2 billion users by the end of this year. Seeing as how the world's population is close to 7 billion, about 30% of the entire world will be Internet users by the end of 2010. Another fun fact: 65% of the population in Europe is online, 55% of the population in the Americas is online, 21.9% population in the Asia/Pacific regions is online, and 9.6% of the population in Africa is online. (via Mashable)

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