- Brunei preparing to introduce Sharia law. (Thanks Malcolm.)
- Wonderful photo gallery featuring modern robots of every description.
- Google Ideas has launched a site called Digital Attack Map that tracks cyber-attacks through real-time info graphics. (Thanks Brendan.)
- What a new range of propaganda posters around Chinese cities tell us about Xi Jinping's 'Chinese dream.'
- Former Australian ambassador to Beijing Geoff Raby looks ahead to next month's Party Congress plenary in Beijing: 'Enough hints in the media and comments by policy advisers to Government suggest that next month’s meeting will contain significant policy guidance in the direction of further reform and opening.'
- Same-sex marriage expected to be legalised in Vietnam soon. (Thanks Marty.)
- Nitin Pai would rather the US ran the internet than the UN (thanks Rory):
The US Constitution, political system, civil society and media are better guardians of online free speech and privacy than some UN outfit. Yes, the US is massively spying on us, but it also produces the Mannings, Snowdens and Greenwalds that rightly or wrongly, but fearlessly, tell us what is happening. In a way, the rest of the world vicariously benefits from the US' commitment to liberty. If we were instead to put a UN body in charge, sooner or later we'd have countries like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan making decisions affecting our free speech and privacy.