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.
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.