Anonymous vs. the Islamic State

For nearly a year, a war has been unfolding in strange corners of the Internet. But can a bunch of hackers really take on the world’s deadliest jihadi group?


The Most Unsocial Network

A new class-action lawsuit accuses Facebook of being a matchmaking service for would-be Palestinian terrorists.


The Last Year Has Been Awful For Internet Freedom

Autocrats around the world are figuring out ways to get around privacy and encryption tools.

Observation Deck

The Paradox of Power in the Network Age

Who, exactly, will claim the virtual high ground?


Building the Kremlin’s Big Brother

Inside the minds of the engineers and computer scientists developing phone taps and facial recognition software for Moscow’s security apparatus -- no questions asked.

Tea Leaf Nation

The Making of a Chinese Nationalist Internet User

One teenage boy’s journey from casual web surfer to pro-party digital vigilante goes viral.


The Dumb Joke Website That Got Caught Up in India’s Porn Ban

The website's lewd jokes may be wince-worthy, but it doesn't appear to be porn.


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The best stories from around the world.


Can Google’s Fleet of High-Altitude Balloons Bring the Internet to the World’s Unconnected?

Two out of three people on Earth can't access the Internet. Google hopes its whimsically named "Project Loon" can change that.

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