James Ball

Internet

TikTok intifada: the role of new media in old conflicts

Filming and sharing violent videos accelerates conflicts — and it’s never been easier to film or share

By James Ball

Book Review

Life on Earth is too tame for eccentric billionaires

Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX by Eric Berger reviewed

By James Ball

Book Review

Cashing in on COVID: the traders who thrive on a crisis

The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy reviewed

By James Ball

Science & Tech

Facebook has called the Australian media’s bluff

This will be a memorable plateau in the history of stupid clashes of the internet era

By James Ball

Internet

The EU’s muddled approach to encryption

Encryption uses calculations which are easy to perform one-way round but almost impossible to reverse

By James Ball

Europe

Forget Neil Ferguson’s personal failures — it’s his science that needs scrutiny

We should welcome the efforts to test and even to tear down the Imperial model — this is what the scientific process is

By James Ball

Politics

The price of oil just hit $0 a barrel. What’s going on?

Oil trading has become an international game of hot potato, with billion-dollar stakes

By James Ball

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