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A woman tweets with a smartphone.

How Twitter Failed Africa

Big Tech ignored policies that enable disinformation and propaganda across the continent.

In a Russian Defense Ministry photo, Russian peacekeepers are welcomed at the Chkalovsky airfield as they arrive from Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Russian Propagandists Zero In on Kazakh Crisis

Intense interest by diplomats and state media underscores the significance of Russia’s intervention.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in a promotional video in October 2021.

3 Tech Industry Trends to Watch in 2022

Fringe players take on Big Tech, governments start regulating, and AI could finally prove its worth.

Radio station in Yemen

Yemen’s Parallel War in Cyberspace

Persistent contact with fake news disrupts even stable societies—but in war zones, it can be lethal.

A man in a suit with a Chinese Communist Party lapel pin looks down at his smartphone.

China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void

China’s state-linked influence operations get very little engagement on Twitter.

A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces take photos of each other

How to End Israel’s Digital Occupation

Silicon Valley executives should recognize Palestinian statehood in line with U.N. norms.

A Chinese customer uses her mobile to scan a QR code while paying with the WeChat app at a local market in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2020.

China’s Social Media Explosion

Now that all the major U.S. platforms have left the country, what does the world’s largest social media market look like?

Protesters shout slogans as they hold flyers in Hong Kong on October 15, 2019, during a rally in support of NBA basketball Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Chinese Censorship Is Going Global

Beijing is not content to stop stifling free speech at the water’s edge. Western companies and institutions must put liberty before profits.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid arrives at the first press conference in Kabul following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on Aug. 18.

Facebook’s Taliban Ban Will Prove Costly for Afghans

Why the tech giant is on the wrong side of history yet again.

Fort Detrick Army Lab in Maryland

China Fires Back at Biden With Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab

Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.

Lina Khan, nominee for commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, speaks at a Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21.

Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox

As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.

A woman looks at Twitter on her smartphone in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 29, 2018.

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech

The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.

An illustration representing Twitter's ban in Nigeria by Victor Ehikhamenor

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back

A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.

Security officers record Bobi Wine.

Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship

Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian takes a press question.

Beijing Is Trolling Biden Over Gaza

China’s wolf warrior diplomacy has discovered the Middle East, catching Washington unprepared.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2019.

Is Facebook a Failed State?

In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted.

Facebook extends Trump ban

Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness

Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.

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