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Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report …

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gender letter: Sisterhood in the Halls of Congress, and You’re Invited

“Speak truth, sis!” — Rashida Tlaib to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both newly elected congresswomen, in a message on Instagram It was not terribly surprising this week when yet another one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets went viral, this time in response to an article about House Speaker Paul Ryan. Every word Ms. …

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How ‘Subtle Asian Traits’ Became a Global Hit

SYDNEY, Australia — The Facebook group was supposed to be a fun distraction from high school exams. Its creators, a crew of Melbourne students who had bonded over weekends in Chinese language school, had noticed a Facebook group called “Subtle Private School Traits.” They started joking about their own experiences: …

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He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided.

Mr. Anderson agreed. “They can’t technically protect the software, so they’re using scare tactics,” said Mr. Anderson, 42, standing outside his home in southeast Melbourne, on a porch strewn with broken electronics, a faded shopping basket and a cactus. The raid, Mr. Anderson said, came after weeks of surveillance. Early …

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understanding the times: How We Cover Elections: Interactive Maps

Your vote continues to count long after the ballots have been tallied. Databases that track election results ensure that it lives on indefinitely. What use is this raw data to the average citizen? That’s where The Times’s graphics department comes in. The team has built incredibly popular interactive maps to …

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Inside the World of D.I.Y. Ammunition

In contrast, those interested in creating printable guns are often younger and more internet savvy. Many also describe themselves as crypto-anarchists, like Cody Wilson, a Texas gun advocate who was recently blocked by a federal judge from publishing his schematics for a 3-D gun online. Many have a reputation as …

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‘Presidential Alert’ Goes to Millions of Cellphones Across the U.S.

At 2:18 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, cellphones across the United States emitted the ominous ring of an emergency presidential alert. It was the first nationwide test of a wireless emergency alert system, designed to warn people of a dire threat, like a terror attack, pandemic or natural disaster. “THIS IS …

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