Internet

Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communications Commission building to protest against the end of net neutrality rules in Washington on Dec. 14, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Net Neutrality’s End Will Let Power Eat the Internet

Information is getting more centralized as online norms fracture.

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The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda

Can Andrew Marshall, the U.S. military’s longtime oracle, still predict the future?

A computer user in a net cafe in Chongqing Municipality on January 21, 2008. (China Photos/Getty Images)

China’s Lessons for Fighting Fake News

What Washington should—and shouldn’t—learn from Beijing’s example.

Giant letters, reading the word "blockchain" are displayed at the blockchain centre, which aims at boosting start-ups, on February 7, 2018 in Lithuania's capital Vilnius.
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America Needs a Blockchain Strategy ASAP

The technology behind cryptocurrency can keep the United States safe—but only if the country takes advantage of its head start.

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Our Data, Ourselves

How to stop tech firms from monopolizing our personal information.

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The New Economy’s Old Business Model Is Dead

Tech companies are used to pairing big revenues with small labor forces. But they’ll soon be forced to become massive job creators.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

People in Tehran check their mobile phones as they wait in the streets after an earthquake near Iranian capital on Dec. 21, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Ban of Messaging App Hurts Economy at Pivotal Moment

Rights group says app was widely used by businesses and even government offices.

Effigies of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be paraded through the streets of Lewes in Sussex, southern England, on November 4, 2017, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations.
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North Korean Internet Users Shun Facebook and Google for Chinese Alternatives

A new report sheds light on how a tiny fraction of North Koreans browse the open web.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions Abet Iranian Internet Censorship

If the United States wants to stand behind the next #IranProtests, it should liberalize rules that impede access to cutting-edge tools against repression.

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Learning to Fight When Screens Go Dark

If we woke up tomorrow and found that none of our laptops, iPhones, iPads, or personal assistants worked, what would we do?

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

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The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 Developer Conference in  San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Pro-Free Speech Way to Fight Fake News

Most cures for fraudulent news threaten to be worse than the disease. There’s at least one exception.

China's President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 27, 2014. After a day devoted to multi-billion-dollar business deals, Chinese leader Xi Jinping trained his sights on culture and history today on the last day of his lavish visit to France. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Christian Hartmann        (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. Retreats From World Organizations, China Steps in to Fill the Void

Beijing is trying to repurpose abandoned international agencies like UNESCO to serve its strategic interests — such as controlling the internet.

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At U.N., Leaders Tell Tech Industry to Do More to Fight Terrorism

Online radicalization drives calls for a tougher crackdown on propaganda and encrypted messages.

A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017.
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China Is Trying to Give the Internet a Death Blow

There’s only one remaining way to get unfiltered access to the outside world in China – and Beijing just banned it.

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The House Judiciary Committee Is Hard at Work Investigating Reddit Conspiracies

“This is not a shitpost. This is real. Congressional investigation. Do it for America!”

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20:  (L-R) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe other law enforcement officials hold a news conference to announce an 'international cybercrime enforcement action' at the Department of Justice July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times that he never would have appointed Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else," Trump said.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Feds Shut Down World’s Largest Online Drug Marketplace

Billed as a landmark operation, U.S. law enforcement strikes at dark web drug dealers.

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