Internet

A Trump supporter with a "White Pride" tattoo

Why Are Moscow and Beijing Happy to Host the U.S. Far-Right Online?

Deplatformed extremist groups are turning to providers in authoritarian states.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing with Big Tech companies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 28, 2020.

Social Media Finally Broke the Public Sphere

Liberal democracies must work to recreate a sense of shared identity online.

An illustration picture taken in London on Dec. 18, 2020 shows the logos of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft displayed on a mobile phone with an EU flag displayed in the background.

2021 Is the Year the Internet Gets Rewritten

As Silicon Valley flails to combat an insurrection at home, Europe is marching ahead with a plan to revise the web’s basic rulebook.

Employees of Indian education technology startup BYJU's work on app content in Bangalore, India, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Bengaluru Is the New Shenzhen as Apps Displace Devices

In the global internet economy, India’s tech industry has a leg up on China’s.

A poster showing six wanted Russian military intelligence officers is displayed at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington on Oct. 19, 2020.

Why The Latest Cyberattack Was Different

The epic SolarWinds hack affecting thousands of government agencies and companies could mark the beginning of the end of the open internet.

A computer monitor displaying a map available on the fitness application Strava

Your Digital Footprint Is Worryingly Easy to Match to Reality

Here’s how to stop bleeding information about yourself online.

Police escort Islamist extremists accused of plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery attack to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka, on Nov. 27, 2019.

The Radicalization of Bangladeshi Cyberspace

After the pandemic pushed people online, Islamist extremist groups reached an even wider audience. But the authorities are fighting back.

A man leaves flowers next to portraits of victims in front of the Reina nightclub where an Uzbek gunman acting on behalf of the Islamic State killed 39 people, in Istanbul on Dec. 31, 2017.

Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia

Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.

Pedestrians walk by Google's offices in downtown Manhattan on Oct. 20.

Why Action Against Google Is Not Enough

The United States can lead the way on innovation in technology regulation—but instead it has fallen far behind.

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The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars

China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back.

Afghans use computers at the Park Residence Internet Cafe in Kabul on Jan. 20, 2003.

In Afghanistan, Social Media Is the Only Way to Talk Back to the Taliban

As the United States abandons demands for human rights, young Afghans are embracing free speech the only place they can—on the Internet.

People prepare dinner at the Shitthaung camp for displaced people in Mrauk U, myanmar,

To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine

With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.

Children attend a telelearning class displayed on Kalvi TV channel, an education initiative set up by the Department of School Education to allow students to continue their curriculums as schools remain closed, at their home in Chennai, India, on July 15.

Offline and Out of School

In India, education under lockdown and a deep digital divide threaten to undo real progress in rural areas.

Thai locals download music at an internet cafe in downtown Bangkok on Feb. 3, 2006.

Thais Show How to Beat China’s Online Army

A pop culture battle turned into a nationalist frenzy and a propaganda problem.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the flag of the Islamic State.

Self-Isolation Might Stop Coronavirus, but It Will Speed the Spread of Extremism

Millions of people stuck at home will turn to social media, where disinformation is rife. Radical Islamists and far-right groups are exploiting widespread confusion and fear to spread hate.

A young boy reacts as he and thousands of others line up to purchase face masks from a makeshift stall after waiting for hours in Hong Kong on Feb. 5.

An Epidemic of Wuhan Virus Misinformation Is Spreading Online

Social media giants are finding it hard to quarantine fake news.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts Chinese New Year celebrations outside 10 Downing Street on January 24 in London.

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

London’s justification for cooperating with the Chinese telecommunications company is riddled with obvious contradictions.