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Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, testifies via live video feed before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on anti-competitive online advertising in Washington on Sept. 15.

Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues

Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.

A girl practices ballet during a distant lesson via a mobile phone in Nairobi on May 22.

Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

The WeChat booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 in Berlin on Dec. 11, 2019.

How to Handle WeChat’s Threat Smartly

Targeted responses can achieve more than blanket bans.

An infrared microscope image shows mosquito larvae with red-glowing eyes, part of an experiment using CRISPR gene-editing technology.

The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

The next pandemic could be bioengineered in someone’s garage using cheap and widely available technology.

An employee at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees scans the eye of an Afghan refugee at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 23, 2016.

Big Brother Turns Its Eye on Refugees

Biometrics have crept into humanitarian aid, but the systems may disadvantage women who need help most.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies via videoconference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29.

Big Tech Embraces New Cold War Nationalism

China’s rise has pushed Silicon Valley away from the values it once claimed to hold.

The logo of Chinese video app TikTok is seen on the side of the company's new office space at the C3 campus on August 11, 2020 in Culver City, California.

Chinese Acquisitions of Western Firms Threaten National Security

If the invisible hand won’t produce buyers at home, governments will need to step in.

Tel Aviv's city hall is lit up in the colors of the United Arab Emirates' national flag on Aug. 13.

How 9/11 and the Coronavirus Pushed the UAE and Israel Together

The backstory of the UAE’s deal with Israel is a 20-year tale of business, technological, and personal ties.

The TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on Nov. 1, 2019, in San Anselmo, California.

Trump’s TikTok and WeChat Bans Could Shatter the Global Internet

Trump’s new restrictions on Chinese apps and technology are so far-reaching that the future of the open internet is at stake.

An IBM worker walks inside the company’s 12-inch wafer chip fabricating plant in Fishkill, New York, on July 20, 2004. Mario Tama/Getty Images

In the New Cold War, Deindustrialization Means Disarmament

Chinese security threats offer the chance to rethink the U.S. economy.

In this photo illustration, a mobile phone featuring the TikTok app is displayed next to the American flag.

Beijing’s Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms

A forced sale may create another hurdle for U.S. companies operating in China.

A satellite image shows Gaza City and the Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2018.

Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore

For more than 20 years, an obscure U.S. law concealed satellite imagery of Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. Because of an abrupt reversal, satellite technology can now be used to defend Palestinians’ human rights.

The ByteDance logo is seen on a building in Beijing

Trump Can’t Ban TikTok, but He Can Hurt It

Banning a free app is probably impossible, but U.S. authorities have a large toolbox.

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