Spain recently raised its minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, and also upped the age for consent from 13 to 16. The BBC said last Thursday that, while only 365 marriages involving people under the age of 16 have occurred in Spain since 2000, there were 2,678 such marriages in the ‘90s and 12,867 in the ‘80s. All I could think when I read those numbers was WHAT. THE. FUCK. Spain is the 31st richest country in the world, with an estimated GDP of $33 billion in 2014. I was so surprised to learn that a developed country like Spain had only just begun to take steps to protect its girls from forced marriage before the age of 16. I spoke with Heather Barr, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, over the phone on Friday morning about this. Barr and her colleagues in the organization’s Asian women’s rights division published an extensive report in June focusing on the issue of child marriage, specifically in Bangladesh. The report paints a devastating picture of … [Read more...] about There Are More Child Marriages Happening in 2015 Than You Think: A Q&A
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Using a VPN brings all kinds of benefits. You're protected on public Wi-Fi, more anonymous online, it's more difficult to track what you're doing, and you can bypass geographical blocks to access the sites you need.There's also a performance price to pay, mostly due to the extra work a VPN adds to your internet access. All your traffic must be encrypted, maybe twice, then routed through an intermediate server (perhaps thousands of miles) away before finally heading off to your destination.This is probably going to slow you down, and often by a huge amount. How much, exactly? Just about every VPN reviewer – including us – will try to help you find out by carrying out their own series of speed tests.These reports can be very detailed, maybe with upload speeds, download speeds, latencies and more. But how much can you trust the individual figures, and what do they really mean to you?It’s also worth bearing in mind the good reasons why a VPN isn't enough Check our … [Read more...] about Can you trust VPN speed tests?
Junk mail is no longer simply pleas for funds to help get an African prince and lawyer out of bother, or congratulatory notes to let you know you've won the Spanish lottery, but now often contain malicious codes or links designed to steal your data and raid your accounts. The sophisticated ones often mimic a bank or popular online service in order to try and fool you into thinking the "security notice" or "account breach" requires you to resubmit your account details -- but where do such emails come from? As the BBC reports, a team of Dutch researchers have endeavoured to find out, and say that roughly 50 percent of such unwelcome communications originate from only 20 internet service providers (ISPs). Check out: Top 25 common, hackable passwords: 'qwerty', 'ninja', 'jesus' Based on a survey of over 42,000 ISPs, the team found that such "bad neighborhoods," places where malicious activity was most likely, generally specialized in particular scams. For example, cybercriminals using … [Read more...] about Researchers pinpoint the source of Internet spam
This story is part of "Follow the Money," a look at how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work.Think about every little thing you do when you walk into a store and pay for something.You stand in line, pull out your wallet and withdraw your credit card. You chat to the cashier as you use the card reader, then enter your PIN or sign your name before cramming away your card and paper receipt.Depending on how much of a rush you're in and how many packages you have, these can all be seen as pain points in the payment process. But one by one, tech is knocking them down. A primary example is the ever-increasing number of ways to pay using alternatives to cash and cards. If you believe the hype, payments will soon be made with anything and everything, from our phones and watches to our fridges and cars and even the veins of our hands. Now Playing: Watch this: Mobile payments are a mess. Here's why 4:32 The benefit of this is twofold: You'll have more … [Read more...] about Your body, and everything around you, will soon let you pay for stuff
By John Borland and Michael Kanellos Staff Writers, CNET News.com July 28, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT SEOUL, South Korea--Matt Renck is spoiled. Reporters' broadband blog Readers' feedback here Ever since moving here to teach English two years ago, Renck has had a high-speed Internet connection of 8 megabits per second--only about average for a South Korean apartment, but nearly eight times the typical broadband speed in U.S. households. He watches TV shows over this connection, creates multimedia projects for his class, and regularly updates a Weblog. None of what he does is revolutionary; it just happens far faster than it would in America. And that's a little revolutionary all by itself. "I didn't realize how much the Web had to offer until I got to Korea," said Renck, a programmer by training. "I couldn't appreciate it until I got here and saw what true high-speed access does to change your perception of how fast information truly moves." For Americans, almost none of whom have access … [Read more...] about South Korea leads the way