Nigeria’s Twitter ban could backfire, hurting the economy and democracy

By Jeff Conroy-Krutz Nigeria’s decision to suspend Twitter indefinitely could backfire for the government and cost the country economically in terms of new investments into...
Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017)

Afrofuturism and its Possibility of Elsewhere: The Power of Political Imagination

By Lina Nasr El Hag Ali Pay attention to the visions for the future put forward in today’s world by politicians, intellectuals and scientists: The development...

Surprising ways that games challenge how people think about themselves and the world

By Matthew Whitby The Beginner’s Guide is a narrative video game with no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person...
memes and mantras of a new generation of democracy protesters

Myanmar: memes and mantras of a new generation of democracy protesters

By Richard Dolan What do the internet memes Doge and Cheems, the Hollywood film franchise The Hunger Games, and a sachet of instant tea have in common? They...

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

By Mark Satta An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a...
Press Freedom Index

How the World Press Freedom Index Was Politicized – Long Before the New Cold...

By Dr. Dan Steinbock For years, the press freedom index by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been widely quoted, even though its methodology is...

Beginners Guide to Pinterest Marketing

By Shristi Patni The social landscape has shifted and so have the social media algorithms. Pinterest is the most effective marketing tool.  People here are more...

What we can learn about risk from the COVID experience

By Geoff Mulgan Life is risky and tends to end in death, which makes it easy to become paranoid – about the food you eat,...
Tim Cook and Facebook

What You Need to Know About Tim Cook and Facebook

"If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve...
The X Factor

The X Factor: how the star-making formula show lost its shine

By Mike Jones The UK channel ITV has announced that it has no plans to continue The X Factor. In its 17 years on the air, the...
How China used the media to spread its COVID narrative

How China used the media to spread its COVID narrative — and win friends...

By Julia Bergin  At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed prime real estate in the centre of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade:...
9/11 Memorial

How 9/11 Changed Cinema

By Dr. Maria Flood and Michael C. Frank One of the most common responses to the events of September 11 2001, both among witnesses on...

Flawed human information processing, magic pipers and our conscience

By Bernard Yeung Fierce competition between dominant countries leads to accusatory narratives, creating intense but dysfunctional crowd emotions. Flawed human behaviour allows a big gap...

Why every celebrity is suddenly obsessed with bitcoin

From A-list celebrities to social media personalities, the highly engaging nature of the bitcoin community is ever growing. It wasn’t until recent years that the...
Social media ‘likes’

Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories – new research

By David Beer and Benjamin Jacobsen Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to...