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A wine vessel attributed to the Niobid Painter of Athens.

Pandora’s Vox

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

The logo of Huawei is seen next to a Chinese flag in Shanghai on Oct. 1, 2014.

A Semiconducted Trade War

Reagan waged his own trade war against an Asian tech competitor. Here’s how it went—and what that means for Trump’s battle against Huawei.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Facebook’s New Currency Has Big Claims and Bad Ideas

Libra is an ideological project, not a practical one.

A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018.

Facebook Keeps Failing in Myanmar

The Arakan Army’s online propaganda campaign shows the tech company hasn’t yet figured out how to tackle hate speech on its platform.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.

Guests look at Baidu's products at the annual Baidu World Technology Conference in Beijing on November 1, 2018.

AI Can Thrive in Open Societies

The belief that China’s surveillance gives it an advantage is misleading—and dangerous.

People walk across carpeting with the EU flag  at the German Christian Democrats (CDU) headquarters during European Parliament elections on May 26 in Berlin, Germany.

Leaders Meet Over EU’s Future

Plus: Netanyahu faces a deadline to form a coalition, a mass stabbing in Japan, and what to watch in the world this week.

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The 5G Fight Is Bigger Than Huawei

A badly implemented ban would be a Pyrrhic victory at best.

David Wang, executive director of Huawei's board, at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on May 15, 2019. (

Huawei Ban Means the End of Global Tech

As the United States and China square off, firms will be forced to decouple.

People check their mobile phones next to Huawei advertising in Shanghai, China, on May 10.

Huawei Ban Takes Effect

The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.

Sudanese protesters wave flags during a sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on May 15.

Sudan’s Transition Talks Suspended

The transition in Sudan is put on hold amid violence, Europe balks at the U.S. military response to Iran, and the United States hits Chinese firm Huawei with sanctions.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on April 24 in Auckland.

A Global Call to End Online Extremism

Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.

Former CEO Ryan Graves rings a ceremonial bell signifying the first trade as the ride-hailing company Uber makes its highly anticipated initial public offering in New York City on May 10.

FP’s Guide to the Uber IPO

Six things to read as the company goes public.

This picture taken on October 23, 2012 shows an ethnic Hmong hill tribe girl talking on a cell phone  in the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai, in northwestern Vietnam.

Vietnam Doesn’t Trust Huawei An Inch

China's closest ideological neighbor wants its own 5G network.

A woman points to a screen with menu items in Corsican on a Facebook page on October 1, 2016.

Big Tech Is as Monolingual as Americans

The biggest barrier to policing social media is language.

An AI cancer detection microscope by Google is seen during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 in Shanghai on September 18, 2018.

U.S. Tech Needs Hard Lines on China

Researchers must stay aware of how easily AI work can be turned to repressive ends.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The 5G Future Is Not Just About Huawei

It is time for the United States to start thinking about systemic risk in its next-generation networks.

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The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

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