arab spring


Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

The ‘social media revolution’ gave us Donald Trump and Brexit—and is making politics impossible.
David Golumbia
robin hood

Math Suggests Inequality Can Be Fixed With Wealth Redistribution, Not Tax Cuts

A new report from the Complex Systems Institute justifies wealth redistribution with mathematics.
Daniel Oberhaus

‘Twitter and Tear Gas’ Looks at How Protest Is Fueled and Crushed by the Internet

The new book from Zeynep Tufekci looks at how the web has helped demonstrations take off around the globe, but also made them harder to sustain.
Bruce Schneier
The Math That Explains the World

The 'Complex Systems Theorist' Who Predicted the Arab Spring

Using big data and new number-crunching strategies, math can be used to predict global crises.
Jason Koebler
The Hacks We Can't See

British Spies Used a URL Shortener to Honeypot Arab Spring Dissidents

A shadowy GCHQ unit used several Twitter accounts to try to influence protests in Iran and across the region since 2009.
Mustafa Al-Bassam
short circuit

Inside Twitter’s Command Center, Where the Threat Model Is Boy Band Tweets

In an exclusive interview with Motherboard, Twitter explains how its internal Command Center ensures heavy traffic and bugs don’t take down the site.
Nicholas Deleon

Canadian Company Netsweeper to Censor Bahrain’s Internet for $1.2M

Netsweeper is at it again.
Jordan Pearson

Building a Video Game Studio in Post-Revolution Tunisia

Digitalmania has created 47 games and is now worth $1.5 million.
Kouichi Shirayanagi

How This Dissident Rapper Is Subverting Moroccan Censorship

El Haqed can only distribute his songs through Facebook and YouTube.
Mari Shibata

How Social Media Can Weaken a Revolution

Zeynep Tufekci argues that Twitter makes a protest movement grow too fast, undermining it in the long term.
Hamza Shaban
Motherboard Blog

The Revolution Will Be Live-Mapped: A Brief History of Protest Maptivism

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be Google-mapped with crowdsourced data from social media networks.
Meghan Neal
Motherboard Blog

Mobile Trojans Rear Their Head, Repressive Governments Go For Their Checkbooks

FinFisher is a powerful piece of spyware long admired within cybersecurity circles. It’s capable of logging keystrokes, accessing and exporting a compromised computer’s files, and intercepting encrypted data such as Skype calls.
Leandro Oliva