Author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (@StrangeRebels) / Working for @LegatumInst, writing for @ForeignPolicy.
Ex-Newsweek, Ex-U.S. News and World Report.
Past Beats: Moscow, Tokyo, Baghdad, Berlin.
The president of Ukraine did an extraordinary thing this week: He issued a decree banning several Russian social media networks. The free-speech liberal in me initially flinched at the news. Ukraine is struggling with its efforts at reform, and the last thing it needs is another unforced error by President Petro Poroshenko, who has been under fire lately for his failure to follow through on the war against corruption.
First, a few updates on the current state of democracy around the world:Here in the United States, President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey has triggered further concern about the erosion of democratic norms.
I’ve been fascinated by the computer science pioneer Alan Turing ever since I came across the remarkable account of his life written by the British mathematician and gay rights activist Andrew Hodges in 1983. The moment of publication was no accident, for two reasons. First, by the early 1980s the story of Turing’s wartime efforts to break Nazi codes had receded just far enough in time to overcome the draconian security restrictions that had prevented it from being told.