The Bottom Line

New technology: Are we trading our privacy for convenience?

How the same devices we happily carry in our pockets are being weaponised against us.

Science & Technology

Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

Plan to overhaul internet laws will curtail fake news, supporters say, but critics cry foul over threat to free speech.

Nigerians raise alarm over controversial Social Media Bill

The Listening Post

How internet blackouts are going global

Blackouts are now a standard feature in governments' internet playbook.

Counting the Cost

What's behind violent protests? Ecuador's vice president explains

Ecuador's response to an IMF loan, corporate tax cuts, and austerity. Plus, cash crunch in Kenya and Netflix's future.

Iran

Iran defuses second cyberattack in less than a week

Cyberattack 'aimed at spying on government intelligence', Iran's telecommunications minister says.

Iran defuses second cyberattack in less than a week

The Listening Post

Offline and silenced: Internet blackouts are going global

From Kashmir to Iran, governments are turning off the internet to stop dissent. Plus, the murky world of deepfakes.

United Arab Emirates

US intelligence agents helped UAE build secret surveillance unit

Role of US operatives in constructing a controversial spy programme in the Gulf state is revealed in new investigation.

US intelligence agents helped UAE build secret surveillance unit

AJ Impact

Trade war goes digital: Countries eye tariffs on internet economy

By one estimate, import duties on so-called 'electronic transmissions' are worth up to $255bn a year.

Trade war goes digital: Countries eye tariffs on internet economy

AJ Impact

After internet blackout, Iranians take stock

With online access restored, businesses, students and crypto-enthusiasts process the implications of online cutoff.

After internet blackout, Iranians take stock

AJ IMPACT

Web inventor unveils 'roadmap' to save the internet

Tim Berners-Lee's the Contract for the Web offers plan to counter misinformation, data surveillance and censorship.

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee unveils plan to 'build a better web'

AJ Impact

US sanctions Iran's information minister over internet blackout

The blackout, which Iran has started rolling back, made it difficult for protesters to communicate.

US sanctions Iran's information minister over internet blackout

Iran

Iran loosens internet restrictions after protest shutdown

Internet access 'gradually being restored' as cyberspace official says the country will have full access in two days.

Iran loosens internet restrictions after protest shutdown

The Bottom Line

Transcript: Is there any way to combat misinformation online?

Read the full transcript of our discussion on protecting free speech online while fighting fake news and misinformation.

Internet

Okay Google: Forget me!

The internet never forgets, but privacy concerns have more people pushing for that to change.

Okay Google: Forget me!

Israel

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm for allegedly helping to hack phones

WhatsApp accused the surveillance company NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries.

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm for allegedly helping to hack phones