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  • Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends report highlights China’s short-form videos and super apps
    Catherine Shu, Rita Liao: This year’s edition of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, released earlier today, once again included a section on China prepared by Hillhouse Capital. There are now 3.8 billion Internet users globally, more than half of the world’s population, but growth is slowing (as demonstrated by declining... Read more »
  • Oberlin’s Trial Loss and Legacy Media Coverage Commentary
    Ann Althouse: This is a story about the seriousness of damage caused by free-swinging attacks, so you might want to rein it in. Notice the students were concerned about “systemic racism” and their tone isn’t characterized nastily, but they were involved in causing harm that the jury soberly examined and... Read more »
  • Senior Chinese law researcher target of PhD plagiarism claims
    Laurie Chen: University of Political Science and Law says it will treat the allegations against Li Shichun seriously. Photo: Handout China University of Political Science and Law says it will treat the allegations against Li Shichun seriously. Photo: Handout A Chinese university has promised to treat seriously claims that a... Read more »
  • I BabySit for the One Percent
    Margaret Grace Myers: “It’s like Uber, for babysitting,” is something that sounds vaguely like a joke and is one of the ways that I make rent every month. This could be an essay about the horrors of the gig economy and how you can have two master’s degrees and a... Read more »
  • The surprising benefits of talking to strangers
    Nicholas Epley & Juliana Schroeder: Two women talking on the tubeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES Most people spend part of every day surrounded by strangers, whether on their daily commute, sitting in a park or cafe, or visiting the supermarket. Yet many of us remain in self-imposed isolation, believing that reaching out... Read more »
  • Back Row America
    David Azerrad: The Back Row is Arnade’s name for the parts of the country that are poor and “rarely considered or talked about beyond being a place of problems.” Some are black, some are white; some rural, some urban. All are populated by those who could not or would not... Read more »
  • Civics: US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media
    : Was it in the public interest that the world should have eventually seen the raw footage of what happened? You bet. Was it acutely embarrassing for the US military and government? Of course. Was the act of revelation espionage or journalism? You know the answer. We have two people... Read more »