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  • FireChat is the app for dissidents
  • FireChat is the app for dissidents
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FireChat is the app for dissidents

What's the best app to use in a revolution? When pro-democracy protests erupted in Hong Kong and people feared the government would shut down the internet, thousands of demonstrators downloaded FireChat - an app that lets you chat without an internet connection.



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    The consumer landscape in China is a minefield of fakes, misleading ads and tainted products. But shoppers have become smarter at working out the Nukes from Nikes. When trust is low in brands, media and even your next door neighbour, how can a society regain its faith?

  • Article image Greenhouse: Millennials coding for a transparent government

    Less than 20% of Americans trust the government. Gen Y is demanding that authorities are transparent and accountable. Greenhouse, a plugin created by a 16-year-old, aims “to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress.”

  • Article image Why are young people only political on Facebook?

    Young Brits are politically minded. 70% think social media should be used for social change, and a quarter are highly knowledgable about politics. Yet only 12% would definitely vote in a general election. Why are they so disillusioned? And is engaging via social media the answer?

  • Sina's sophisticated censorship Sina's sophisticated censorship

    The Chinese news site Sina ramped up its censoring tactics in time for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident. Censored Weibo posts remain visible to the user who posted them, leaving them unaware they are being censored.