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Ukrainians use their mobile phones near a Starlink satellite-based broadband station.
Ukrainians use their mobile phones near a Starlink satellite-based broadband station.

Why Ukraine Is Stuck With Elon (for Now)

His Starlink satellite internet service has largely kept Ukraine online—but highlights the risks of overreliance on the private sector in wartime.

Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor during his remarks before signing an executive order on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

How the U.S.-Chinese Technology War Is Changing the World

Washington’s crackdown on technology access is creating a new kind of global conflict.

Twitter headquarters stands on 10th Street in San Francisco, California.
Twitter headquarters stands on 10th Street in San Francisco, California.

Elon Musk’s Twitter Chaos Is Going to Be Even Worse Overseas

Gutting the workforce will make it harder to protect dissidents and police misinformation.

A closeup of a silicon wafer on display at Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institution on September 16, 2022 in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
A closeup of a silicon wafer on display at Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institution on September 16, 2022 in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

The Battle Over Semiconductors Is Endangering Taiwan

TSMC is an economic boon, but its success makes China covet the industry while its natural resource consumption reduces resilience.

An employee makes chips at a Jiejie Microelectronics factory in Nantong, in China's Jiangsu province, on March 17, 2021.
An employee makes chips at a Jiejie Microelectronics factory in Nantong, in China's Jiangsu province, on March 17, 2021.

America’s Risky New China Policy

Washington has a bold plan to restrict Beijing’s semiconductor imports. The world needs to talk about it.

The logo of the Huawei flagship store
The logo of the Huawei flagship store
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on Micron's plan to invest in chips manufacturing.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on Micron's plan to invest in chips manufacturing.

Biden Short-Circuits China

The latest U.S. moves undermine China’s ability to import, manufacture, and export the semiconductors that run the world.

An Indian employee of a tech start-up works at their offices in New Delhi.
An Indian employee of a tech start-up works at their offices in New Delhi.

U.S. Immigration Has Become an Elaborate Bait and Switch

The broken system hurts immigrants—and makes it harder for the United States to compete.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lectures at Sichuan University during his visit to Chengdu, China, on Aug. 21, 2011.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lectures at Sichuan University during his visit to Chengdu, China, on Aug. 21, 2011.

Biden Is Now All-In on Taking Out China

The U.S. president has committed to rapid decoupling, whatever the consequences.

A man films screens demonstrating Baidu’s Apollo Go self-driving taxi service at the company’s Apollo Park testing site in Beijing, on April 22.
A man films screens demonstrating Baidu’s Apollo Go self-driving taxi service at the company’s Apollo Park testing site in Beijing, on April 22.

Washington Raises Stakes in War on Chinese Technology

New U.S. sanctions are in some ways more restrictive than Cold-War era controls.

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Do Stable Careers Still Exist?

Technology and automation are changing how we work.

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impossible-burger-plant-based-meat-consumption-HP

Plant-Based Proteins Are Too Expensive

Here’s how to level the playing field with meat.

A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh"  takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.
A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh" takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.

Will Open-Source Intelligence Liberate Palestine From Digital Occupation?

Israeli analysts have transformed a tool of objectivity to one of distortion.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the groundbreaking of a new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility near New Albany, Ohio, on Sept. 9.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the groundbreaking of a new Intel semiconductor manufacturing facility near New Albany, Ohio, on Sept. 9.

What America’s Plan to Bring Home Technology Manufacturing Gets Wrong

Asia will remain central to U.S. supply chains, but the right policies could accelerate the shift from China to friendlier countries.

A man in a yellow hat stands next to a conveyor belt with blue-green chunks on it.
A man in a yellow hat stands next to a conveyor belt with blue-green chunks on it.

Electric Vehicles’ Dirty Secret

EVs may hold great promise. But they’re not a silver bullet.

A security guard stands outside the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.
A security guard stands outside the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.

Conspiracy Theories About COVID-19 Help Nobody

The continued pushing of a “lab-leak” theory is unsupported and dangerous.

Syrians walk past a colorful mural.
Syrians walk past a colorful mural.
Actor Erik Estrada is seen at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Chips at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on March 20, 2017.
Actor Erik Estrada is seen at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Chips at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on March 20, 2017.

Can the CHIPS Act Put the U.S. Back in the Game?

The push to bolster domestic semiconductor production comes as the United States lags behind Asia and China squeezes Taiwan.

Foreign Policy illustration/Getty Images
Foreign Policy illustration/Getty Images

Information Warfare in Russia’s War in Ukraine

The Role of Social Media and Artificial Intelligence in Shaping Global Narratives

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