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.
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.
Europe Can’t Win the Tech War It Just Started
The European Union is running in circles in pursuit of “digital sovereignty.”
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.