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In this photo illustration, the WeChat privacy policy is displayed on an iPhone in Washington on Aug. 7.

Why Is the United States Effectively Banning WeChat and TikTok?

Apps are just the latest frontier in the U.S.-China contest. Washington is signaling to global firms the risks of doing business with Beijing.

The logo of the video-sharing app TikTok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris on Nov. 21, 2019.

TikTok Really Is the Central Front in the U.S.-China Tech War

The video app has gone viral worldwide—and will set the precedent for how free societies handle China’s social networks.

The photo shows a physical imitation of a bitcoin in Dortmund, western Germany, on Jan. 27.

Twitter Got Lucky With the Great Bitcoin Heist

The social media giant’s security failures could have allowed far more damage.

Voters in Chestertown, Maryland, cast ballots  at the Kent County Public Library in Maryland's early voting on October 25, 2018.

To Protect Democracy, Protect the Internet

The voluntary efforts of tech companies aren’t enough. The U.S. government needs to regulate social media platforms and make election interference illegal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives on stage to deliver a speech following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on June 9.

The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech

Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.

Seoul commuters wear protective masks as they crowd on an escalator and stairs after getting off the subway during rush hour on May 11.

Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia

A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi in Tehran during a visit to the exhibition area at the ICT Ministry on Jan. 21.

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 logo for Twitter is projected onto a man in London on Aug. 9, 2017.

Thumb-Boat Diplomacy Could Undo U.S. Foreign Policy

It isn’t just Trump. All sorts of policymakers are using Twitter to promote their policies and condemn their adversaries.

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.

A nurse prepares a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in New York on April 5. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

How Russia Sows Confusion in the U.S. Vaccine Debate

Not content to cause political problems, Moscow’s trolls are also undermining public health.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie picture with a woman during a concert in memory of the late French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour at Yerevan's Republic Square on Oct. 11, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau Lived by Social Media. Now He’s Dying by It.

The self-immolation of the Canadian government is rooted in the way it came to power.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

A car passes by Facebook's corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on March 21. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Racism Groups Feel Tarred by Facebook’s Fight Against Fake Accounts

Latest discovery underscores challenge of countering disinformation campaigns.

A mural in Dublin's city center by art group Subset calls to Repeal the 8th ahead May 25 ahead of the successful referendum to overturn the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which bans abortion. Brian Lawless/Press Association via AP

How Ireland Beat Dark Ads

Shady tactics failed to pay off in a divisive abortion referendum.

Apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in the Indian capital New Delhi. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image

The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.

A Palestinian woman takes a picture of a member of the Israeli security forces as he takes her picture in a street in Jerusalem on December 16, 2017.

For Whom the Cell Trolls

A new book argues that modern wars will be won with phones and laptops rather than tanks.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

Journalists at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the State Department to Stop Throwing Money at Facebook

We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.

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