How social networks are recruiting teenage extremists

In March, in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting, I tried to distinguish between internet problems and platform problems. Internet problems arise from the existence of a free and open network that connects most of the world; platform problems arise from features native to the platform. The fact that anti-vaccination zealots can meet online is […]

Senegal is building a $2 billion futuristic city to help cut down on overcrowding in Dakar — check out its abstract design

Hussein Bakri/BAD Consultant/Semer Group Senegalese leaders have long dreamed of building a new urban center amid mounting congestion and overcrowding in the capital city of Dakar. With a population that exceeds three million, the city plays host to skyrocketing housing costs and visibly high levels of unemployment. On any given day, locals encounter gridlocked roads, cramped minibuses, and […]

Super-successful people like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer swear by their hobbies, so I spent a month trying to find one of my own

Business Insider I spent a month trying different hobbies in an effort to become a more interesting person. Those hobbies included baking, meditating, coloring, and letter-writing. Many super-successful people, like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer, speak publicly about their hobbies, and experts I spoke to say hobbies can make you happier — but too few […]

Tensions are rising between China and Taiwan — and the US isn’t helping matters

Chiang Ying-ying/AP China views Taiwan as a renegade province, reinforced by Taiwan’s former president, Ma Ying-jeou, who regularly implied it was part of China. Once Tsai Ing-wen, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), became President of Taiwan in 2016, Beijing has feared Taiwan is inching toward independence. Beijing also worries about Trump‘s motivation for improving […]