gathering of schoolchildren

New Russian high school history textbook blames West for war in Ukraine


This coming school year, high school students in Russia will receive new history textbooks. They offer a rewritten rendition of Russian history that reflects the Kremlin’s narrative about the war in Ukraine. The textbooks are part of a wider effort by the state to tighten control over the flow of information.

Battle looms between artists and labels over song rights

Arts, Culture & Media
An attendee looks over a Sony Z5 Premium smart phone

How new technology may make unlocking your phone as easy as thinking

The lobby inside the Internet Archive in San Francisco, California. Photo by Alexa Lim

How do we save the Internet for history? This group is trying.

Mohamed was important in Libyan's revolution, helping to defeat and ultimately capture Muammar Gaddafi. His younger brother missed out on Libya's revolution — so he decided to make his own fame by going to Syria to fight in the violent revolution there.

2014 was the year youth protesters found their voice and hacking became an everyday fear

Global Politics
obama COP 15

Did NSA spying give the US an edge at the Copenhagen climate conference?


The latest dump of secret documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows that the agency spied on participants in the fateful 2009 UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. The question is whether it mattered.

Icons of WeChat and Weibo app in Beijing

Questions remain about the web crash in China, one of the biggest internet failures ever


On Tuesday hundreds of millions of people in China trying to visit the country’s most popular websites found themselves redirected to an address of a company based in the US.

Typists in Calcutta

You can still find street typists in India, but probably not for long

Arts, Culture & Media

When was the last time you saw someone use a typewriter … and not in a movie? In Calcutta, India, typists still exist and even work in the street, but maybe not for long.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Hello, I’m Rob Ford. No, not that Rob Ford.

Global Politics

What happens when your namesake is a crack smoking mayor? Rob Ford, a lecturer on politics at the University of Manchester in England knows all too well.

A customer uses a computer at an internet cafe in Tehran. (Photo: REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Iranians Get Brief Taste of Free Access to Social Media

Conflict & Justice

On Monday afternoon some Iranian social media users got a big surprise. They were able to connect to Facebook and Twitter directly, without the use of proxies. The tweets, however, were short-lived.