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Why the tide is turning against Big Tech I FT Why the tide is turning against Big Tech I FT

This is the week that the tide started to turn for Big Tech. In the US and Europe you’re seeing regulators push forward and force the Big Tech platform companies to make changes in their business model. Twitter over the last few days announced that it’s going to start policing political advertising. And now Facebook…

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Why Bolivia faces further turmoil as Evo Morales steps down | FT Why Bolivia faces further turmoil as Evo Morales steps down | FT

Bolivia is in turmoil after its president of the last 14 years, Evo Morales, fled the country. Mr Morales is seeking asylum in Mexico following allegations of election fraud. One of Latin America’s poorest countries, the landlocked Andean nation of 11m people has seen weeks of violent protests after elections on October the 20th. In…

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Why Hong Kong has invoked emergency powers to ban face masks | Understanding Hong Kong Why Hong Kong has invoked emergency powers to ban face masks | Understanding Hong Kong

The chief executive in council decided at a special meeting this morning to invoke the power under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and make a new regulation in the name of prohibition on face covering regulation, which is essentially an anti-mask law. On Friday, the Hong Kong government introduced a new law banning face masks in…

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Democracy and Governance: USAID in Kenya Democracy and Governance: USAID in Kenya

The assistance from USAID, it came in at the time when we really needed it. The Kenyan government had difficult challenges with donors, one program that never suffered was our partnership with USAID. We owe much gratitude to those Americans who had the vision and who worked with our own politicians to make that lift…

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Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad vows to stay on, warns of limits to democracy I FT Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad vows to stay on, warns of limits to democracy I FT

I’m here in Bangkok on the sidelines of the Asean Summit. And I’ve just finished speaking to Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s prime minister. We talked about his change in stance on China, as well as the succession saga in Malaysia. But we started off talking about Jho Low, the fugitive financier who allegedly is at the…

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The Chinese Expat Running an Underground Gun School The Chinese Expat Running an Underground Gun School

Hi, I’m Lydia from the VICE office in Brooklyn, New York. Despite being very illegal in China the appeal of guns drives many youth to travel outside of the country just to shoot. Our colleagues over at VICE China did the same by traveling to the Philippines to take a shooting class and study the…

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Will Digital Dictatorships Replace Liberal Democracies? Will Digital Dictatorships Replace Liberal Democracies?

Artificial intelligence shifts the global balance. While the West is conducting ethics debates, one global power in the far east is expanding its autocratic system with big data. In the Soviet Union, surveillance and censorship were widespread, out of fear that spread of information could destabilize the empire. In the early 1960s, even photocopiers throughout…

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Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies | FT Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies | FT

I wrote a column recently fact-checking some of the claims that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made in a recent speech at Georgetown University and some subsequent testimony on Capitol Hill, in which he was trying to defend the social media giant against accusations of incorrect political advertising, election manipulation, monopoly power, et cetera. We at…

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