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Internet shutdowns: Sudan’s censorship tool of choice

Dozens of people gather around the tax administration building in Khartoum East, not too far from Sudan’s military HQ. They are not queuing to submit their returns. They are there in order to get access to the internet from the…

Lawsuits against the author and publisher of Putin’s People are SLAPPs

Writer Catherine Belton The undersigned organisations express their serious concern at the legal proceedings that are being brought against journalist and author Catherine Belton and her publisher HarperCollins. The two defamation lawsuits are being brought by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich…

The Loss at the Heart of Guy Fieri’s Entertainment Empire

In 2007, in one of the first episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri visited Patrick’s Roadhouse, a railway-station-turned-restaurant in Santa Monica, California. The diner’s chef, Silvio Moreira, walked Fieri through the preparation of one of Patrick’s most notable…

Doomscrolling COVID-19 News Takes an Emotional Toll – Here is How to Prevent That

Doomscrolling COVID-19 News Takes an Emotional Toll – Here is How to Prevent That Picture this: it’s April 2020, you’re between Zoom meetings, and scrolling through your social media newsfeed. Headlines like “Death toll continues to rise”, “COVID-19 may cause…

Why is it so hard to make a TV show about the internet?

Courtesy Amazon Studios Scenes where characters “go viral” almost always miss the mark. Fairfax’s Jaboukie Young-White and American Vandal’s Tony Yacenda explain why. There’s a new sendup of social media, influencers, and Gen Z, this time in the form of…

One Good Thing: Kacey Musgraves’s latest album is her messiest — and maybe her best

Her star-crossed effort may not be a country album, but Musgraves takes on the mess of a new phase with grace. | John Shearer/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS This album embraces life’s contradictions, even when it’s difficult to do…