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Social media

Office of Misinformation

From a list of accounts purged by Facebook for spam and “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” released by the company in October. Wake The Fuck UpNation in DistressViral Alternative NewsRight-Wing NewsAnti-MediaExposing the…

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Machine Politics

The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism

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The Other Whisper Network

How Twitter feminism is bad for women

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Empty Suits

Defamation law and the price of dissent

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Raise the Red Pen

From a list of prohibitions for online media, including video-streaming sites, circulated in June by the China Netcasting Services Association, a state-controlled body that oversees more than 600 media companies.…

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You Can Run …

I have a theory — not a very good one — that the reason Google is so hot to develop self-driving cars is that time behind the wheel is the…

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Animal House

From a city-council meeting in White Settlement, Texas, in July 2016. The previous month, the council had voted to evict Browser, a cat who had lived in the local library…

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Deep Blues

From a conversation between Chen Zhiyan, a Chinese journalist, and three chatbots: Chicken Little, Little Ice, and Little Knoll. The interview was conducted on WeChat, a social-networking platform. It was…

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Hashtag Prescription

The hidden cost of crowd-sourcing a cure

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