Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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What You Suggested For Our Tech Blog Reboot

Jun 27, 2013

In case you missed it Monday, we're rebooting our technology blog to focus on the intersection of innovation and culture. The updated approach both widens our view of technology — for example, two-ply toilet paper was innovative at one point — and sharpens our gaze. You won't find general tech business news in this space anymore.

First, a big thanks for helping us spread the word on the interwebs. And we're even more grateful for your thoughtful suggestions and ideas for coverage and, more broadly, how we should think about this beat. I've grouped some of your sentiments into some themes and respond below:

Topic Orientation

Commenter "Oscar Myer" wrote about the notion that tech blogs concentrate too heavily on communication technology to the exclusion of other technological areas like transport, energy and experimental technology.

"I personally don't give a rat's patootie about cell phones or MP3 players," he writes. "Especially when the discussions are little more than 3rd party marketing. However, I would be interested in things like soil, water and air testers for home use. Or devices that could cheaply reveal pathogens in my environment."

LostIsland suggests we don't just look at social impacts of technology but instead, at what's truly nascent.

"What's hard to find is reporting on the creation of new techniques at the R&D level that fuel the whole industry. If *that* is reported then it will fuel more innovation due to the concepts being spread. Reading about existing social impacts is something best done by sociologists, not by tech reporters. We're entering the desktop mfg. era and truly new concepts will do a lot more good in that context," LostIsland writes.

Your blogger just got back from the MIT Media Lab, birthplace of innovations both big, such as car sharing, and small, like a smoother-gliding ketchup bottle. Those big brains are certainly thinking beyond cellphones. And they're coming up with entirely new approaches to existing conventions, like driving. So we're thinking along the same lines and considering the new-new things that could upend the way we live or work.

The Name

Matthew Fry wrote: "So should it be 'Some Tech Considered' then?"

That's a great question. We actually kicked this around at NPR when we decided to embark on the blog reset. While "Some Tech" is more accurate for what we're doing editorially, "All Tech Considered" remains a clear parallel to our afternoon newsmagazine, All Things Considered. For now, the blog name will stay the same.


Among the topics you want to see covered:

-- Privacy and surveillance, and related legislation, like explaining SOPA last year when it was a big policy fight

-- The truly revolutionary changes in energy storage and generation

-- Technologies of the past that had profound effects on societies

-- The psychological effects of Instagram

What else? Keep 'em coming in the comments, or tweet at us @NPRAllTech.

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