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Inside China’s Elaborate and Absurd Internet Propaganda Machine

December 18, 2014 “NOTICE: We request every internet commenter carry out the following task today,” begins an email from the supervisor. It’s just another day in the propaganda department of Zhanggong, a district in southeast China’s modestly sized city of Ganzhou. Employees and freelancers are paid to post pro-government messages on the internet, ...

Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job? This Video May Change Your Mind

August 15, 2014 It’s hard to grasp the scale of the robot revolution that is slowly eating away at the human workforce. A new video by CGP Grey, a Youtube user who makes short explanatory videos, helps put things in perspective. The 15-minute video, “Humans Need Not Apply,” focuses on jobs once thought ...

The Infrastructure Africa Really Needs Is Better Data Reporting

August 7, 2014 This week African leaders met with officials in Washington and agreed to billions of dollars of US investments and infrastructure deals. But the terrible state of statistical reporting in most of Africa means that it will be nearly impossible to gauge how effective these deals are at making Africans, or ...

Microsoft Might Finally Be Committing to Open Source

July 23, 2014 Microsoft is known for keeping its programming secrets to itself. But under CEO Satya Nadella, the maker of proprietary behemoths like Windows and Microsoft Office is starting to show up in the world of open-source software, whose code is public for anyone to see, borrow from and tinker with. Late ...

The AP’s Newest Business Reporter Is an Algorithm

July 1, 2014 Journalistic earnings stories can feel robotic, even when written by a news organization as prestigious as the Associated Press. Acknowledging this fact, the AP has decided that it will just have robots produce stories on companies’ earning reports. In an announcement on its blog, the AP announced that it will ...

A Map of All the Countries That Now Have Al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups

May 28, 2014 The United Nations decided late last week to add Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram to its list of terrorist organizations formally recognized as being associated with al Qaeda. The UN said in its statement that Boko Haram—whose name loosely translates to “Western education is a sin”—has “maintained a relationship with ...

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The Blowout U.S. Jobs Report for April in Two Simple Charts

May 2, 2014 The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, exceeding expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3%, a five-and-a-half year low. Here’s the breakdown of employment status for all Americans age 16 and above: Here’s what job creation and loss looked like in various industries last month: Reprinted with permission from ...

The Web Is Not Actually Getting Any More Global

April 25, 2014 “The internet is creating a global community,” a thought leader probably said recently. But take a closer look at internet traffic data, and the theory that the web is turning the world into a borderless digital utopia doesn’t hold up. There’s no question that internet traffic in general is skyrocketing. ...