Why Are Moscow and Beijing Happy to Host the U.S. Far-Right Online?
Deplatformed extremist groups are turning to providers in authoritarian states.
Social Media Finally Broke the Public Sphere
Liberal democracies must work to recreate a sense of shared identity online.
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.
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.
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.
7 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Have a Tough Time With the Biden Administration
The coziness between Washington and Big Tech is over.
Your Digital Footprint Is Worryingly Easy to Match to Reality
Here’s how to stop bleeding information about yourself online.
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.
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.
Russia’s Internet Freedom Shrinks as Kremlin Seizes Control of Homegrown Tech
Corporate mergers and backstage coercion have expanded Putin’s control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offline and Out of School
In India, education under lockdown and a deep digital divide threaten to undo real progress in rural areas.
Thais Show How to Beat China’s Online Army
A pop culture battle turned into a nationalist frenzy and a propaganda problem.
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.
Coronavirus Crisis Pushes States to Quarantine Online Information
Epidemics raise worrying questions about how to limit state power.
An Epidemic of Wuhan Virus Misinformation Is Spreading Online
Social media giants are finding it hard to quarantine fake news.