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People from East Germany greet citizens of West Germany at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Dec. 22, 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall the month before.

We Weren’t Ready for a World Without Walls

The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago was a giddy moment, but the subsequent rush to tear down walls everywhere has yielded a global system in which bad actors are no longer held accountable. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi in Tehran during a visit to the exhibition area at the ICT Ministry on Jan. 21.

Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.

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The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Posters taken from the Chengdu subway rally young Chinese to support national pride online.

China Is Sending Keyboard Warriors Over the Firewall

Online forums rally fans to defend national pride abroad.

Protestors and activists belonging to the Alternative Law Forum and other left wing organizations take part in a protest in Bangalore on August 5, 2019, in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. (MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

India Is the World’s Leader in Internet Shutdowns

New Delhi clamps down on internet access in Kashmir as it moves to limit the troubled region’s constitutional autonomy.

A picture representing a mug shot of the Twitter bird is seen on a smartphone in front of a Turkish flag in Istanbul on March 26, 2014.

Turkey Is a Bad Place to Be an Influencer

Anxious about its failure to establish cultural hegemony, the Erdogan government is going after internet stars.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the driver's seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss health care on March 23, 2017.

All the President’s Trolls

Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.

Han Kuo-yu at a rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 24, 2018.

Chinese Cyber-Operatives Boosted Taiwan’s Insurgent Candidate

Han Kuo-yu came out of nowhere to win a critical election. But he had a little help from the mainland.

Piglets stand in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province, on Aug. 10, 2018.

China’s Outrage Culture Packs a Mean Punch

UBS is the latest company to cave to irrational but politically powerful demands.

Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again

The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.

A young man looks at a recent video by German YouTube star Rezo that heavily criticizes the German Christian Democrats (CDU) political party on May 28, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

German Politics Discovers YouTube

A blue-haired 20-something music-mashup influencer has sent Angela Merkel’s party into a tailspin.

Performers dressed as trees and hunters stage a demonstration against video piracy in Berlin on Sept. 3, 2008. The placard reads: "Copyright pirates can't hide, not even on the internet."

Can the EU Save the Internet?

Europe’s new rules put creators and consumers back in the driving seat.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute to those killed in a shooting the day before at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16. (Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This

The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

A member of staff poses for a photograph at a workspace in the National Cyber Security Centre on Feb. 14, 2017 in London, England. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

How to Regulate the Internet Without Becoming a Dictator

The British model of filtering data rather than content can protect citizens while preserving an open internet.

A police officer removes tires set by protesters during a demonstration in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 14. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform

The violence is a blow to Zimbabweans who hoped for greater freedom of expression in the post-Mugabe era.

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The War-Torn Web

A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testify during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing  on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Internet Is Going To End Up Like Greece

When the big players get away with open fraud, trust disintegrates.

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