MOSCOW'S 'SMART CITY' PROGRAM IS GOING GLOBAL
A four-day tech conference in Yerevan featured star speakers, including Kim Kardashian West and the founder of Reddit. It also raised questions about Moscow’s growing use of surveillance technology
TIKTOK—YES, TIKTOK—IS THE LATEST WINDOW INTO CHINA’S POLICE STATE
Expat Uyghurs are gaming the social platform known for fluff to find
loopholes in Xinjiang’s information lockdown.
DECODING CHINA’S CLAIMS ABOUT UYGHUR IDENTITY
A new government white paper says Islam was introduced to Uyghur culture by force. Scholars and activists say the claims mark an attempt to rewrite history.
NEWSLETTER: DISINFORMATION MATTERS
Can we inoculate ourselves against disinformation, just like we would against measles? It’s a thought preoccupying me this week.
THE UYGHUR WOMEN FIGHTING CHINA'S SURVEILLANCE STATE
Xinjiang, northwest China, is in a state of surveillance lockdown. One million ethnic Uyghurs are now in concentration camps. Every message, word and movement is monitored for its extremist potential. But in Istanbul, 3000 miles away, a community of Uyghur women who have escaped a life of repression are fighting back – via smartphone.
HOW RUSSIAN BOTS AMPLIFY BRITAIN’S JACOB REES-MOGG
The Curious Case of the Moggster and the Russians. Last week, hard-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg plugged Turning Point, inadvertently aligning his output with the Kremlin Troll Farm, who also regurgitate their videos. Another bot trend? #Moggmentum.
DISPATCH: DISINFORMATION MATTERS
As the polar vortex swirled over the American Midwest, a vortex of a different kind is gripping the internet. This week, Facebook dominated the headlines as it clumsily attempted to navigate its own newfound accountability. And the reception from its critics was more than chilly.
MY KIND OF TOWN
On a hot, dry and windy day in October 1871, the city of Chicago burned almost entirely to the ground. According to popular legend, the blaze began in a barn in a poor Irish neighborhood on the south-west side, when a cow kicked over a lantern. The fire lasted three days, and more than 17,000 buildings – two-thirds of them built of wood – were left in ruins.
BROOKLYN DETENTION CENTER FACES THE SPOTLIGHT IF RIKERS CLOSES
If you’re arrested in New York City, and can’t afford bail — like nearly three-quarters of pretrial detainees — you’ll await trial in custody, most likely at Rikers Island, the city’s largest and most notorious jail. But if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll end up in the Brooklyn House of Detention.