These cartoon images of the "Beijing Internet Police" started appearing on Sept. 1, 2007 every 30 minutes on computer screens run by 13 major portals based in Beijing, as a warning to Internet users that they are being watched. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sci-Tech

When Technology Meets Tyranny

Back in May 2014, Stephen Hawking, along with several scientists, warned the world: “Success in creating AI [artificial intelligence] would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless […]

A protestor at Dhaka University in Bangladesh, during 2015 social media shutdowns. The poster reads “How many excuses more? Open Viber, Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook NOW.” Photo by Zaid Islam, used with permission.
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Billions Served? Human Rights In The Facebook Era

This post draws on stories originally reported by Fernanda Canofre, Sahar Habib Ghazi, Ellie Ng (via Hong Kong Free Press), Dalia Othman, Inji Pennu and Thant Sin. During the 2011 Arab Uprisings, Facebook proved itself to be one of the most powerful technological catalysts for […]