Google Gives Free Security Keys to Activists, But Not if You’re in Iran or Syria

Sources and a document show how Google bars nonprofits from telling activists in certain countries about their products.
Joseph Cox
content moderation

North Korea Advertises Military Hardware on Twitter, YouTube, Defying Sanctions

Glocom is a front company for North Korea to sell sanctions violating military equipment. But, even after some tech companies clamped down, Glocom kept up its presence on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
Joseph Cox

Slack Bans Iranian Academic Living in Canada Because of Sanctions

An Iranian academic says Slack banned him from the communication platform due to US sanctions. But the academic does not live in Iran; he’s in Canada.
Joseph Cox
ozone layer

China’s Construction Industry Is Putting Earth’s Ozone Layer Back At Risk

A rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a substance banned by the Montreal Protocol, prompted environmental investigators to find the source.
Becky Ferreira
Internet Insecurity

Founder of Cybersecurity Company Says His Firm Was Sanctioned Because He was Born in Russia

The US Treasury sanctioned five companies accusing them of helping the Russian government hack. But the founder of one of those companies vehemently denied the accusations.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Venezuela's 'Petro' Cryptocurrency

The Petro was meant to boost Venezuela’s economy, but it’s faced harsh criticism at home and abroad.
Jordan Pearson
Tracking Trump's Congress

Making Sense of Trump's Surprisingly Old-School Sanctions Regime

The same president who has praised strongmen across the world is going after corruption and human rights abuses, including by targeting Russians. What gives?
Mark Hay
Tracking Trump's Congress

Trump Is Poisoning His Relationship with the GOP Congress

After legislators forced Trump to signed a Russian sanctions bill, the president threw a fit. That's not great.
Mark Hay
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Feds to investigate colleges for discriminating against whites, more than two dozen killed in Afghanistan mosque attack, Christopher Wray confirmed as new FBI director, and more.
VICE Staff

Why the Trump-Putin Bromance Could Be in Serious Trouble

Putin took his anger at pending US sanctions out on some American diplomats and Russian support staff. An expert told us more serious retaliation is likely.
Mike Pearl
The Hermit Kingdom

The US Has Officially Blacklisted North Korea’s Tech And Defense Contractor

The US government just forbid any American citizen and company from dealing with North Korea’s unofficial tech department, but this will probably not change anything about North Korea’s internet.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
The VICE Guide to Right Now

US Slaps Syria with New Sanctions Following Chemical Attack

The sanctions target 271 employees of a Syrian research facility that the US believes develops chemical weapons.
Lauren Messman