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Thai locals download music at an internet cafe in downtown Bangkok on Feb. 3, 2006.

Thais Show How to Beat China’s Online Army

A pop culture battle turned into a nationalist frenzy and a propaganda problem.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the flag of the Islamic State.

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.

A young boy reacts as he and thousands of others line up to purchase face masks from a makeshift stall after waiting for hours in Hong Kong on Feb. 5.

An Epidemic of Wuhan Virus Misinformation Is Spreading Online

Social media giants are finding it hard to quarantine fake news.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts Chinese New Year celebrations outside 10 Downing Street on January 24 in London.

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.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a speech during the presentation of the priorities of the rotating Presidency of the Council for the next six months at the European Parliament on January 14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Europe Can’t Win the Tech War It Just Started

The European Union is running in circles in pursuit of “digital sovereignty.”

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.

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