The Great Debate

Air strikes won’t disrupt Islamic State’s real safe haven: social media

By Rita Katz
September 24, 2014
jihad tweet President Barack Obama has pledged to destroy Islamic State and ensure fighters “find no safe haven.” But even as U.S.-led airstrikes are underway in Iraq and Syria, it is clear that bombs alone will not do the job. For Islamic State hides out in the most perfect haven: the World Wide Web.

In June 2014, the militant group that Obama refers to as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, grabbed the world’s attention after it took over much of northern Iraq in roughly four days. Islamic State accomplished this by building a massive, sophisticated virtual network of fighters in addition to those on the ground. Indeed, its expansion online has been as swift as its territorial gains. It is this virtual power grab that will be most difficult to combat.

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Alibaba payments cleanup makes for neater IPO

August 13, 2014

By Peter Thal Larsen

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why urban myths like Slenderman have become more deadly

By Neal Gabler
July 2, 2014

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The Internet doesn’t just help suspend disbelief. It rolls right over it.

Exhibit A: Two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, charged with attempted murder for stabbing a friend 19 times and leaving her for dead. (She miraculously survived.) They appeared in court Wednesday.

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Solving the second-class stock dilemma

July 1, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

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Solving the second-class stock dilemma

July 1, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

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Hollywood’s hopes in China rest on Youku

June 24, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Rob Cox: ITT’s ghost hangs over Silicon Valley

May 20, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Alibaba tries out role of the noble monopolist

May 20, 2014

By Ethan Bilby

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

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China’s other e-commerce giant is priced to go

May 13, 2014

By John Foley
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality

By Michael Wolraich
May 4, 2014

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“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”