Tech & Cyber

An employee walks outside the headquarters of ByteDance, the firm that owns the video-sharing app TikTok, in Beijing on Aug. 5.

What’s Next for TikTok?

The confused U.S. policy over the Chinese-owned app exemplifies the challenges of decoupling in a globalized world.

In this photo illustration, a mobile phone featuring the TikTok app is displayed next to the American flag.

Beijing’s Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms

A forced sale may create another hurdle for U.S. companies operating in China.

A satellite image shows Gaza City and the Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2018.

Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore

For more than 20 years, an obscure U.S. law concealed satellite imagery of Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. Because of an abrupt reversal, satellite technology can now be used to defend Palestinians’ human rights.

The logo of the video-sharing app TikTok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris on Nov. 21, 2019.

TikTok Really Is the Central Front in the U.S.-China Tech War

The video app has gone viral worldwide—and will set the precedent for how free societies handle China’s social networks.

Cyclists pass a Jio store in Kolkata on July 13, 2020.

Why Google and Facebook Are Racing to Invest in India

It’s not just about tapping into a growing digital market. Indian companies are expanding Western partnerships to keep China out.

The photo shows a physical imitation of a bitcoin in Dortmund, western Germany, on Jan. 27.

Twitter Got Lucky With the Great Bitcoin Heist

The social media giant’s security failures could have allowed far more damage.

Protesters chant slogans and gesture during a rally against China's new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020.

Is This the Beginning of the End for Western Tech in China?

Western firms say they won’t comply with the new national security law in Hong Kong.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.