Putting a Thumb on the Market: The Rise of State-Aligned Platforms from Repressive Contexts

January 17, 2023

By Allie Funk

Discontent with Elon Musk’s Twitter has led many to seek out an alternative. Some rushed to Mastodon, while over 500,000 Brazilians flocked to the India-based Koo over two days in November....

Kleptocratic Networks in Angola: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

January 17, 2023

Angola has long been ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. Although many hoped the Southern African country would improve its good governance and human rights record when long-time autocrat Jose dos Santos stepped down, deep kleptocratic networks persist. In this episode of the Power...

Turning the Tables on Russian Disinformation in Ukraine: A Conversation with Jakub Kalenský

December 7, 2022

Like other autocratic actors, the Kremlin deploys disinformation to confuse the public, attract allies, escape accountability, and strengthen its hold on power. Yet a documented intensification of disinformation operations around the invasion of Ukraine has failed to sway Ukrainians,...

Xi’s Pitch to the Global South on Technological Governance

December 5, 2022

By Kenton Thibaut

On October 16, 2022, Party Secretary Xi Jinping delivered his opening speech at the...

It’s Xi Jinping’s Party Now: What the CCP’s Move from Collective to Singular Leadership Might Mean for the World

December 1, 2022

By Kevin Sheives

China isn’t just the CCP’s China; it is now Xi Jinping’s China. At China’s 20th Party Congress last month, Xi Jinping broke the precedent set by recent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) predecessors and extended his various leadership roles in the Party another five...

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