Nigeria’s World Cup kits are 🔥

In an interview with Fader Magazine, Nike FC’s Design Director Pete Hoppins says the Nigeria kit was actually the easiest one to design: Nigeria was actually the easiest! That’s everyone having fun. We worked closer with the players and the Nigerian federation to make that happen. The hardest were Brazil and England, just like always. […]

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Vladimir Lagrange, photo artist

Vladimir Lagrange took artistic photos of ordinary Russians for the “Soviet Union” Magazine. He also captured a bunch of personal photos that never saw the day of light because of Moscow’s censorship. In reading up on Vladimir and looking at some of his pictures, it reminded me of this Bertolt Brecht line from War Primer […]

Authoritarian gatekeepers

Despite the rapid rise of the Internet and social media, governments in China, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iran, Zimbabwe and elsewhere are finding ways to use state-controlled media to help themselves stay in power. They achieve this through selective censorship of political expression and by using state media to influence crucial audiences. If we think people excessively […]

Unfettered Smartphone Messaging To Be Countered?

The Smartphone put an end to control. The Vladmir Putin booing video is circulating the Russian blogosphere.  A few years ago, the only video footage could have come from the state which would have never released it. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street movement persists, using the power of its own Twitter handle and hashtags to spread […]