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Then-Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives a press conference.
Then-Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gives a press conference.

The Fall and Fall of Dmitry Medvedev

How the former Russian president went from geeky technocrat to deranged war hawk.

A Syrian refugee has coffee and cake in Sweden.
A Syrian refugee has coffee and cake in Sweden.

Swedengate Was a Lesson in How Easily Misinformation Spreads

One person’s anecdote became a false lesson in national character.

Young men wearing headphones sit in front of computer screens showing a scene from an online game.
Young men wearing headphones sit in front of computer screens showing a scene from an online game.

Iran’s Leaders Are Scared of the Internet

They should be more scared of shutting it off.

People holding pro-Trump flags are shown heading toward the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
People holding pro-Trump flags are shown heading toward the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The Democratic Paradox

The right to say anything has been a challenge to every democracy that has ever existed.

A man wears a QAnon shirt while boarding a shuttle bus.
A man wears a QAnon shirt while boarding a shuttle bus.

Americans, Like Swedes, Need Help Telling Fact From Fiction

A botched disinformation board shouldn’t be the end of efforts to educate the public.

Cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the U.S. Capitol as part of a protest against disinformation on the social media platform, in Washington on April 10, 2018.
Cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the U.S. Capitol as part of a protest against disinformation on the social media platform, in Washington on April 10, 2018.

Texas’s New Social Media Law Will Create a Haven for Global Extremists

A new law restricting content moderation will have ripple effects far beyond the state.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Already Undermining Brazil’s Upcoming Election

The populist president and his devotees are casting a dark cloud over the October vote.

A picture taken on Sept. 4, 2019 shows logos of social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France.
A picture taken on Sept. 4, 2019 shows logos of social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France.

The Real Threat to Social Media Is Europe

The EU is passing legislation that will weaken free speech laws beyond the breaking point.

A resident watches a TV screen showing news about Russia’s war in Ukraine at a shopping mall in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 25.
A resident watches a TV screen showing news about Russia’s war in Ukraine at a shopping mall in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 25.

Ukraine Exposed the True Danger of Chinese Censorship

The Chinese public has been inoculated against outside information.

People in Moscow check their phones for information in the days after Russias's invasion of Ukraine.
People in Moscow check their phones for information in the days after Russias's invasion of Ukraine.

West Seeks to Pierce Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

Governments and media sites are finding creative ways to get the truth about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war to regular Russians.

A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.
A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.

4 Reasons Why Putin’s War Has Changed Big Tech Forever

The conflict has permanently upended how the major platforms do business.

A video from a German neo-Nazi band is seen on YouTube on Aug. 27, 2007, in Berlin.
A video from a German neo-Nazi band is seen on YouTube on Aug. 27, 2007, in Berlin.

When Hate Goes Viral

Publicizing attacks and exploiting social media is the new normal for terrorism.

The Russian and Chinese presidents pose for a photo.
The Russian and Chinese presidents pose for a photo.
People protest for political reform and the release of political prisoners in Kazakhstan.
People protest for political reform and the release of political prisoners in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Can’t Torture Its Way to Stability

Until the Tokayev regime shows remorse for its brutal crackdown, the country’s reforms won’t bring progress.

A hand holds a cell phone showing the Netflix app with an alert message.
A hand holds a cell phone showing the Netflix app with an alert message.

Will Russia Chase Out Big Tech?

The Kremlin’s battle with foreign tech companies didn’t begin in January.

People stand outside a bombed building in eastern Ukraine.
People stand outside a bombed building in eastern Ukraine.

Russia Launches Social Media Offensive Alongside Missiles

Telegram has been the main vector for invasion disinformation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet.

China’s ‘Wolf Warriors’ Are Having a Field Day With the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Beijing’s social media pugilists are taking the opportunity to troll the U.S. and Europe.

Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.
Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares performs in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 28, 2018.

What the Death of Two Cultural Giants Says About Brazil Today

Political opposites Olavo de Carvalho and Elza Soares garnered vast youth followings in the final years of their lives.

A woman tweets with a smartphone.
A woman tweets with a smartphone.

How Twitter Failed Africa

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

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