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Morgan Meaker

Senior Writer

Morgan Meaker is a senior writer at WIRED covering European business. Before that, she was a technology reporter at The Telegraph and also worked for Dutch magazine De Correspondent. In 2019 she won Technology Journalist of the Year at the Words by Women Awards. She was born in Scotland, lives in London, and is a graduate of City University's International Journalism MA program.

The Rise and Precarious Reign of China’s Battery King

Zeng Yuqun is China’s most prolific battery billionaire. His ascent has major implications for a world increasingly reliant on electric vehicles.

The End of Klarna’s Easy Money Is Bad News for BNPL

As the Swedish unicorn faces competition, regulation, and investment concerns, can “buy now, pay later” companies weather another economic downturn?

How Covid Tracking Apps Are Pivoting for Commercial Profit

In the pandemic’s early days, government-backed public health apps acquired millions of users—a ready-made audience developers are eager to tap.

Julian Assange Is Running Out of Options

The WikiLeaks founder will appeal the UK Home Office's decision to extradite him to the US. 

How Ukraine Is Winning the Propaganda War

As the Russian siege drags on, Ukraine's media campaign has shifted from glorified myths to accounts of everyday bravery.

Google's Russian Empire Faces an Uncertain Future

After filing for bankruptcy, Google could withdraw from Russia or antagonize the country's regulators from overseas.

How the Kremlin Infiltrated Russia’s Facebook 

VKontakte was created to empower free speech, but it has instead enabled government censorship and arrests.

2 Visions Clash Over How to Fight Online Child Abuse in Europe

A new EU proposal would allow forced searches of users’ messages. Critics say the plan goes too far.

Shanghai Is Rewriting Chinese Censorship Amid Lockdown

Censors are cracking down on free speech online, but people are finding new ways to get around them.

Europe Has Traded Away Its Online Porn Law

The landmark Digital Services Act has a glaring omission: It ditches plans to tighten rules that could have protected survivors of revenge porn and other forms of sexual abuse.

Ukraine War Prompts Europe's New Emergency Rules for the Internet

The Digital Services Act has granted the European Commission unprecedented power over tech companies in times of war.

An ‘Explosion’ of Anti-Ukraine Disinformation Is Hitting Moldova

Divisive anti-refugee videos are spreading from TikTok to Facebook as the threat of Russia grows.

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

Europe wants to source EV materials within its own borders. But fierce opposition ahead of the elections in Serbia shows locals don’t trust mining companies.

Russians Need VPNs. The Kremlin Hates Them

VPNs are divided between trying to help Russians stay connected to the global web and steering clear of Putin’s messy politics.

Europe's Digital Markets Act Takes a Hammer to Big Tech

The EU targets tech giants' walled gardens with aggressive new rules, but the smaller companies the DMA is meant to help are skeptical it will work.

Sky-High Gas Prices Push Europe’s Gig Workers to Strike

Drivers and couriers in the UK and Germany are protesting this week as the rising cost of fuel erodes their earnings.

Why WhatsApp Survived Russia’s Social Media Purge

Russia says Meta is guilty of carrying out “extremist activities” and banned Facebook and Instagram. WhatsApp is a different story.

Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil

Europe's efforts to avoid Russian energy imports will likely trigger a short-term spike in coal, and environmentalists are concerned.

Activists Are Reaching Russians Behind Putin's Propaganda Wall

Apps like Tinder, Google Maps, and Telegram give activists a way to share what's really going on in Ukraine—for now.

Russia Blocks Facebook and Twitter in a Propaganda Standoff

The Kremlin’s latest escalation shows the stark choices ahead if US platforms want to keep operating in Russia.