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Outlawing fake news will chill the real news

The term “fake news” has gained prominence in recent years thanks to US President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media during the 2016 US election. In 2017, it was one of Collins English Dictionary’s 2017 words of


‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly

Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analysed by a UK-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political


No, you’re not addicted to your smartphone

The term “addiction” is often bandied about when we think someone spends too much time on something we deem detrimental to their health and well-being. From checking our phones repetitively, to playing with specific


Meet the new ‘renewables superpowers’

Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from fossil fuels entirely. How would such a change affect global politics? The 20th century was dominated by


Bitcoin is no tulip mania 2.0

Right now, it’s bitcoin. But in the past, we’ve had dot-com stocks, the 1929 crash, 19th century railways and the South Sea Bubble of 1720. All these were compared by contemporaries to “tulip mania”, the Dutch financial

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