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Russia has pioneered the concept of digital sovereignty and used it to severely restrict Russians’ access to the internet. NurPhoto via Getty Images

Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

For more than a decade, the Russian government has been putting teeth into its doctrine of ‘digital sovereignty’ by steadily increasing censorship of content and control over internet access.
Greg Jacob, who was counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence, and Michael Luttig, a retired federal judge, testified about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

The Jan. 6 hearings are tailor-made for social media – that doesn’t mean they’re reaching a wide audience

Today’s media landscape is a far cry from the days of Watergate. A media scholar looks at the challenge the Jan. 6 committee faces in getting the hearings to break through in the age of TikTok.
Support for young internet users needs to come from parents, teachers, governments and the social media industry. Adam and Kev via GettyImages

Children’s mental health and the digital world: how to get the balance right

Understanding the impact of the digital environment on children’s mental health requires a balanced consideration of not only the potential risks, but also the benefits of the online world.
Many mass shooters show signs of distress before their attack. Smederevac via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Accused Buffalo mass shooter had threatened a shooting while in high school. Could more have been done to avert the tragedy?

When young people plan a mass shooting, especially at a school, they typically reveal their plans in advance. Two scholars weigh in on whether the warning signs are being heeded in the right way.
Three women displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine check their mobile phones at a refugee centre in Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The Russian invasion shows how digital technologies have become involved in all aspects of war

Internet infrastructure disruption, targeted cyberattacks and the manipulation of disinformation during the Russian invasion of Ukraine all show that warfare now includes cyberwar strategies.
Telling elders scary stories about online scammers is not the best way to keep them safe. Olga Gavrilenko/EyeEm via Getty Images

Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves

Older Americans are often taught to be fearful of hackers and scammers in their midst while also being told to investigate potential threats. Better advice is to not engage.

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