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A pilot grasps a flight control and weapons firing stick while preparing to launch a U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.

The Killer Algorithms Nobody’s Talking About

Activists fret about armies relying on killer robots, but some forms of artificial intelligence that don’t actually pull the trigger could still be a nightmare

Visitors check out new Huawei smartphones at the 2019 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair on Sept. 6, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Washington’s War on Huawei Is Causing Angst in Madrid

The Trump administration’s ultimatums about the Chinese tech giant are forcing the Spanish government to choose between a close ally and a vital trading partner.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a speech during the presentation of the priorities of the rotating Presidency of the Council for the next six months at the European Parliament on January 14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Europe Can’t Win the Tech War It Just Started

The European Union is running in circles in pursuit of “digital sovereignty.”

A bidder wears a tie depicting a ringing mobile phone prior to the start of Germany’s auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19, 2019.

China Isn’t the Only Problem With 5G

The network has plenty of other security weaknesses, including ones the United States doesn’t want to fix since they help its own surveillance efforts.

The Grindr app logo is seen on a mobile phone screen in London on Nov. 24, 2016.

China’s Grindr Strategy

The hookup app isn’t the only tech company Chinese companies have tried to acquire. It’s part of a broader strategy of the country buying up cutting-edge Western firms.

A woman views the artist Refik Anadol’s Archive Dreaming installation, which uses artificial intelligence to visualize nearly 2 million historical Ottoman documents and photographs in Istanbul on May 6, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t an Arms Race

And by treating it like one, the United States could miss out on its real potential.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping speak to the press in Berlin on July 5, 2017.

Europe’s Backlash Against Huawei Has Arrived

Resistance to Chinese technology is growing in Germany—and the ripple effects could reach across the continent.

A man walks outside the headquarters of Yandex in Moscow on Oct. 19, 2018.

The Kremlin Has Set Its Sights on Russia’s Private Tech Firms

Like with the oil sector in the 2000s, Moscow wants to nationalize the tech sector. But it is finding that its old strategies don’t work.

Five cloned macaques at a Chinese research institution

China’s Biotech Boom Could Transform Lives—or Destroy Them

Washington and Beijing have a shared interest in making sure new technology stays within limits.

A man dressed as "Fake News Media" participates in the annual Village Halloween parade on Sixth Avenue in New York on Oct. 31.

To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog 

Without regulations that push search engines and social media companies to prioritize reliable and truthful sources of information, propaganda and censored content will dominate digital platforms.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran's information and communications technology (ICT) minister, is interviewed in his office in Tehran on July 7.

Is Iran’s Information Minister the Islamic Republic’s Emmanuel Macron?

The youngest minister in Hassan Rouhani’s government is distancing himself from both conservatives and reformists—and it might be the recipe for political success in 2021.

A Huawei Lego model on display at the 10th Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Zurich on Oct. 15.

Germany Chooses China Over the West

Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.

Fake News Democracy WikiTribune Journalism Model

The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Joan Wong illustration for Foreign Policy

Why Huawei Isn’t So Scary

The Chinese company’s lead in the 5G race isn’t insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn’t rush into the fray.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the Israeli Innovation Summit in Jerusalem on Oct. 24, 2018.

Israel Shouldn’t Worry About Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping.

China risks becoming a point of chronic contention between the United States and Israel.

This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflexion of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen.

The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance

The United States and Europe will regret letting Beijing win the race to govern digital technology.

Thousands of demonstrators in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba protest against rising housing prices and social inequality on Aug. 13, 2011.

Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should.

Despite high inequality, lagging productivity, and serious long-term challenges, the current election campaign has barely mentioned economic policy.

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