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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg argues his social network can support more civic engagement. Ben Margot/AP Photo

Can Silicon Valley’s autocrats save democracy?

While Facebook's Zuckerberg suggested as much recently, companies run like autocracies cannot fulfill technology's promise of reinvigorating the democratic process.
Protesters post a hashtag to social media together to make it trend as they denounce policies of President Donald Trump at the Not My President’s Day Rally in Los Angeles, California February 20, 2017. David McNew/Reuters

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

Can social media create opportunities to identify and challenge government pitfalls and problematic policies?
Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr (with the yellow t-shirt) in front of a statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square in Pretoria. Alon Skuy/The Times

Donald Trump, white victimhood and the South African far-right

The idea of white victimhood played an important part in Donald Trump's rise. The South African brand of white supremacy has made a tangible contribution to this narrative of victimhood.
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile. Tony Webster

What Facebook Live means for journalism

Facebook Live – and other live-video streaming services – change how we bear witness to events, and challenge how we think about visual information.

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