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.
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.
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.
China Is Sending Keyboard Warriors Over the Firewall
Online forums rally fans to defend national pride abroad.
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.
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.
All the President’s Trolls
Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.
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.
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.
German Politics Discovers YouTube
A blue-haired 20-something music-mashup influencer has sent Angela Merkel’s party into a tailspin.
Can the EU Save the Internet?
Europe’s new rules put creators and consumers back in the driving seat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How an Internet Impostor Exposed the Underbelly of the Czech Media
When politicians own the press, trolls have the last laugh.
The Internet Is Going To End Up Like Greece
When the big players get away with open fraud, trust disintegrates.