• The world’s first electronic computer, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), was completed in 1945, the year the United Nations was created. ENIAC’s applications were military: it was financed by the US Army. Nearly 75 years later, technology has vast reach and destabilising potential: a recent United Nations University report says that the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and other powerful dual-use technologies places the world at “a time of technological rupture with implications for large-scale crisis prevention”. There are innumerable life-improving applications, but a far-reaching dark side.

  • 2 December 2019

    Security Council Programme of Work for December

    What's in Blue

    The US has the presidency in December. The programme of work focuses largely on regular briefings and mandate renewals and is compressed due to a desire to conclude business by 20 December. Several mandate renewals are anticipated this month on...