Author: Max Fisher

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When Facebook, YouTube and others use algorithms to keep us engaged, there can be unintended consequences. Max Fisher, his tools in a trusty Patagonia bag,... [Read More]
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A researcher found the platform's recommendation system had steered viewers to fringe and conspiracy videos on a neo-Nazi demonstration in Chemnitz. [Read More]
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Towns where people use Facebook more also had more attacks on refugees, building on suspicions that the platform makes users more prone to violence. [Read More]
Upticks in violence did not correlate with general web use or other related factors; this was not about the internet as an open platform for... [Read More]
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Turkey's meltdown is a microcosm of rule by populist strongmen. Although their system seems to be rising in the world, it comes with special risks. [Read More]
Israelis are less alone than they once were in questioning the half-century-old consensus that democracy should always prevail over national identity. [Read More]
Israelis are less alone than they once were in questioning the half-century-old consensus that democracy should always prevail over national identity. [Read More]
It raises the thorny issue of nationalism, which the European Union, sold to citizens on its practical benefits, has conveniently avoided — until now. [Read More]
Ten simple takeaways from President Trump's summit meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. [Read More]
President Trump's inconsistent responses to Iran and North Korea risk conveying a very different message to the world than the one he may wish to... [Read More]
The meeting of the two leaders exemplifies a world less constrained by the guardrails of international norms, in which virtually anything can happen. [Read More]
The columnists Max Fisher and Amanda Taub explain how a Buddhist monk helped change their understanding of Facebook's role in developing countries. [Read More]
A reconstruction of Sri Lanka's descent into violence found that Facebook's newsfeed played a central role in nearly every step from rumor to killing. [Read More]
False rumors set Buddhist against Muslim in Sri Lanka, the most recent in a global spate of violence fanned by social media. [Read More]
Two of the ways the United States could respond to fresh reports of a chemical weapons attack would have little effect. The third could be... [Read More]
Whether a return to 19th-century-style geopolitics and great-power rivalry will help or hurt China's global position is unclear. [Read More]
President Donald Trump has accepted North Korea's invitation for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to be held by May. It's... [Read More]
Short term, the risk of war is reduced. But North Korea has already achieved a symbolic victory, while the U.S. may be set up for... [Read More]
What two Times journalists learned from trying to quote more female experts. [Read More]
The central issue in the 16-year war has become whether Afghanistan can have a functioning state. The Taliban have every incentive to expose government weakness. [Read More]
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