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An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.
An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.

What We Lose if We Lose Twitter

Twitter’s destruction would be a geopolitical catastrophe not only for the United States but also for the democratic world.

Elon Musk in Berlin
Elon Musk in Berlin

To Save Twitter, Elon Musk Should Fire Himself

Musk’s conflicts of interest make him too dangerous to run the global public sphere.

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 woman walks past election signs ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Oct. 28.
A woman walks past election signs ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Oct. 28.

Chinese Election Meddling Hits the Midterms

Beijing-linked cyberactors seek to sow divisions, discourage Americans from voting, and discredit the election process.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran.
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran.

Meet Iran’s Gen Z: the Driving Force Behind the Protests

They’re shaking up the aging clerical establishment to a degree not seen since the 1979 revolution.

monkeypox vaccination
monkeypox vaccination

Kremlin Claims Monkeypox Could Be a Secret U.S. Bioweapon

Washington needs to stop being a pushover in the global info war.

Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila on Feb. 14, 2019.
Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila on Feb. 14, 2019.

Maria Ressa Wants to Save Journalism

The Filipino American journalist and Nobel laureate explains what it’s like to be a government target—and how to safeguard a free press.

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.

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