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Showing your voting support with a button can be more powerful on Facebook. Shutterstock/dfoto

Can Facebook influence an election result?

Facebook has already proved it can increase the number of people who vote in elections. But what if it tries to influence how they vote?
Chinese are starting to question government control of the terms of public debate, as conveyed by this propoganda banner in Hangzhou in 2010. Philip Roeland

Do moves against Hangzhou G20 ‘rumours’ help show China at its best or worst?

Hangzhou is hosting the G20 summit and China is anxious to present a positive picture of the country to the world, but the official attitude to non-compliant citizens isn't helping.
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the 5000m race to help Abbey D'Agostino of the USA after D'Agostino suffered a cramp. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Secular transcendence for couch potatoes? Why we love sport’s narratives

Although the Olympics have come to an end, fans will continue to be gripped by the infinite micro-narratives that sports fixtures provide. But are these narratives comparable to literary creativity?
Add a hashtag, join the Olympics conversation. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Will social media define the success of the Olympic Games?

The mainstream media has knocked Brazil for the Zika virus, doping scandals and safety concerns. But citizen social media users, by revealing an alternate narrative, could even the score for Rio.

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