1. Brunei’s new strict laws: Businesses and celebrities boycott Brunei-owned properties following the country’s introduction of new stricter laws against gay and extramarital sex.

Celebrities and Los Angeles officials have called for a boycott against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, where a harsh law that makes gay sex punishable by death went into effect on Wednesday

The law calls for death by stoning not only for sex between men but also for adultery. The penalty for theft is the amputation of limbs.

Mr. Clooney, an Academy Award-winning actor who has led humanitarian efforts in Darfur and Haiti, said he did not think a boycott would shame Brunei’s monarchy. “But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way,” he wrote.

Read the full article on The New York Times: Brunei Hotel boycott gather steam as anti-gay law goes into effect

 

  1. SG Transport: Grab introduces new public transport planner feature in its application.

Ride-hailing company Grab will be introducing a public transport planner feature in its application here which users can tap to see travel options which include buses and trains.

This is in addition to the firm’s existing private-hire car and taxi services. Announcing the feature on Friday (March 29), Grab said it is looking to have users pay for public transport trips via its app as well. “Ultimately we want to serve the customer any way they want to get from point A to point B,” said Grab’s marketplace and shared mobility head Ngiam Xin Wei.”

Read the full article on The Straits Times: Grab app to feature public transport options in coming months

  1. AI ethics: Google dissolves council formed last week to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence.

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it was dissolving a council it had formed a week earlier to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

The council, launched on March 26, was meant to provide recommendations for Google and other companies and researchers working in areas such as facial recognition software, a form of automation that has prompted concerns about racial bias and other limitations.

“It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted. So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board,” a Google representative said in an emailed statement.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Google to pull plug on AI ethics council