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Where Everyone Goes When the Internet Breaks

Downdetector is a simple, ugly utility, which becomes a weird little life raft for displaced communities when their websites crash.

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It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not

What a website that generates infinite fake humans tells us about modern life

A map of the U.S. showing the percentage of households editing Wikipedia by county.
Analysis of Wikipedia IP editor activity

Mapping Wikipedia

An unprecedented data set shows where the encyclopedia’s editors are, where they aren’t, and why.

People wearing masks walk past a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Aly Song / Reuters

How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw

China’s use of surveillance and censorship makes it harder for Xi Jinping to know what’s going on in his own country.