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Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert Hannigan led GCHQ from 2014 to 2017 Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than “protecting your privacy”. It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been criticised for its handling of fake news. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme,…

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Viewpoint: What India’s first newspaper says about democracy

Image copyright University of Heidelberg Image caption The newspaper was named after its founder, James Augustus Hicky India’s first newspaper, founded in 1780, held up a mirror to British rule in India. It can also teach us about how tyrants work and how an independent press can stop them, writes journalist and historian Andrew Otis. Known as Hicky’s Bengal Gazette after its intrepid founder, James Augustus Hicky, the newspaper notoriously dogged the most powerful men in India. It dug into their private lives and accused them of corruption, bribery and…

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Eritreans hope for democracy after peace deal with Ethiopia

Image copyright Getty Images With Eritrea the only one-party state in Africa, many of its citizens are hoping that President Isaias Afwerki will introduce sweeping political reforms following the end of the “state of war” with neighbouring Ethiopia. Mr Afwerki has been in power since leading Eritrea to independence from Ethiopia in 1993. He was heavily influenced by Marxism during his early political career and – unlike other African leaders – has so far resisted pressure to embrace multi-party democracy. His grip on power was strengthened following the outbreak of…

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