Open Internet

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Why is America concerned about 5G?

5G technologies will provide the backbone for future economies. That's why it's imperative to protect 5G from untrustworthy companies and countries.
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Iran sinks in press freedom index

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders says Iran has slipped further toward the bottom of its World Press Freedom Index.
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Russians fight for their digital rights

Learn how Russian citizens are trying to prevent Putin's government from creating an “online Iron Curtain” that would restrict their internet.
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How to spot disinformation [video]

Disinformation circulates in a variety of ways online and is often difficult to detect. Watch this video to learn more about the history of disinformation, its effects and ways to spot it.
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When government chokes the internet, business dies

The Iranian government announced plans to block a popular messaging app. About a million Iranian citizens rely on the service to build their businesses.
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Want to be a citizen journalist? You might be one already.

Social media have changed the way the world gets its news and allowed citizen journalists to use Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms to report on what's important in their communities.
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U.S. charges Iranians in massive international hacking scheme

Iranian hackers linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps broke into computer systems of more than 300 universities worldwide and stole valuable research, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Trump administration acts to close the ‘digital gender gap’

Getting more women connected to the internet can help pull their families out of extreme poverty. A new USAID initiative is trying to find ways to do just that.
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Reviving the Kazakh language on Wikipedia

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly is on a mission to spread his native Kazakh language, and he's doing it through an unlikely medium: Wikipedia.