Internet debates can all too easily escalate into personal attacks or "flame wars". But often, they are instigated by computer identities pretending to be humans. These are social bots. Are they a threat to democracy?
Social media bots are attacking the core elements of democracy and it's "high time" for Germany to fight them, senior CDU lawmaker Ralph Brinkhaus has said. Other politicians also want a crackdown on bots.
From radio to the internet, technological innovations have left their mark on democracy. At the Munich Security Conference, politicians and tech leaders warned of the latest threats — and those yet to come.
Two new studies have revealed how small groups of far-right activists spread hate speech before Germany's election last year. Their highly organized approach and hierarchical structure reportedly amplified the effect.
Big stars, hot topics, tough competition: Arts.21 goes behind the scenes at the Berlin International Film Festival. Actress Ine Marie Wilmann, filmmaker Tsitsi Dangaremba, and photographer Birgit Kleber show us the Berlinale up close and personal.
Agent 007 is definitely one of the most famous British fictional figures ever created. But according to some sources, he was actually born in the Ruhr valley. An exhibition in Bochum promotes the spy's German roots.
You don't often see cowboy boots in Berlin. But when DW's Sertan Sanderson heard the German capital had an annual country music festival, he grabbed the chance to dust off his pair and do a little Western line dancing.
Using herself as model, American photographer Cindy Sherman critiques our contemporary views of identity and the role of women in society. She is being honored with the 2019 Max Beckmann Prize in Frankfurt.
What started as an online student directory aimed at ranking women by their looks quickly grew into the world's most popular social media platform. But as DW's Courtney Tenz argues, we might be happier Facebook free.
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