Cloudflares Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

In May 2018, the Middle East-focused free speech and information access group Majal suffered a major cyberattack. Someone had managed to infiltrate a Majal Amazon Web Services account, access a content repository and backups, and wipe out six months of user data and posts across the organization's various message boards and social media platforms. "The more time we took trying to figure out what was going on, the more damage the hackers were doing," says Bahrain-based Esra’a Al Shafei, Majal's founder and director. "I remember my heart was beating out of my chest, because this is my life’s work that was falling in front of me—a lot of years of investment, people risking their lives to produce this kind of …

Watch Robert Muellers Statement on the Russia Investigation

At 11 am ET on Wednesday, Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller will break his silence, following his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The rare appearance marks Mueller's first public statement since the release of a redacted version of the 448-page report his team spent two years compiling. The report has served as a Rorschach test for the American public over the last month and a half. President Donald Trump and his supporters have clung to the fact that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, while the President's opponents have fixated on the fact that the report lists numerous instances in which the President appeared to obstruct justice. The report …

Mueller’s Bottom Line: Indicting Trump Wasn’t Even an Option

Special counsel Robert Mueller ended his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election with his sole public comment Wednesday, a surprise appearance at the Justice Department that had a clear and stark message: America, read my report. I worked long and hard on its 448 pages and chose my words carefully. Read them. The remarks came amid weeks of speculation over whether Mueller would testify before Congress about his investigation. But Mueller—who led a sphinx-like existence throughout his two-year probe—short-circuited that debate by speaking out on his own terms. In just over a thousand words and 10 minutes, he outlined the primary conclusions of his investigation and made clear, in his own obtuse way, that the next steps …

Inside China’s Massive Surveillance Operation

She was alone in Istanbul and her digital connection with life in Xinjiang was over. Apart from a snatched Skype call with her mother for 11 and a half minutes at the end of December 2016, communication with her relatives has been completely cut. “Sometimes I feel like the days I was with my family are just my dreams, as if I have been lonely all my life—ever since I was born,” she said. Atawula now lives alone in Zeytinburnu, a working-class neighborhood in Istanbul. It’s home to Turkey’s largest population of Uyghurs, the mostly Muslim ethnic minority native to Xinjiang, a vast, resource-rich land of deserts and mountains along China’s ancient Silk Road trade route. Atawula is one of …