Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid is a journalist and commentator. He’s the Pakistan correspondent for The Diplomat. His work has been featured in Guardian, Independent, Foreign Policy, BBC, Spectator, Haaretz, Arab News, Daily Beast, Courrier International, Le Monde, Charlie Hebdo, Vox, MIT Technology Review, among other publications

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Nigeria’s crypto coin was the future of government digital currency—a year later, it’s failed

The heralded crypto revolution hit a wall in Nigeria.

On Jun 28, 2023 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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How the hashtag is helping people stay alive in Sudan

The hashtag is back and making a big difference.

On May 22, 2023 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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‘They are deleting our images’: Chinese protesters detail digital censorship, VPN struggles as fight over COVID lockdowns grows

A number of protesters spoke to the Daily Dot about their fight against the state.

On Dec 2, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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Cryptocurrency in Turkey is booming—is a crackdown looming?

Its fate is unclear.

On Nov 11, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Protestors take part during a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels, Belgium on Sept. 23, 2022, following the death of Mahsa Amini.

Inside Iran, protesters remain unfazed by the regime’s high-tech crackdown

Facial recognition tech and internet shutdowns aren’t slowing the movement.

On Oct 13, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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Inside Qatar’s hacking campaign to silence digital dissidents before the World Cup

A digital crackdown is underway in the nation.

On Sep 27, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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Sri Lankans built an online network to weather economic crises—then used it to topple the government

The groundwork already existed.

On Jul 13, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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Fear of arrest in Bangladesh is shutting down an entire nation’s online discourse

People are being held without bail for things they post online.

On Jun 19, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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‘The internet is not safe for us’: Atheists are afraid online as Pakistan violently cracks down on digital blasphemy

Even speaking anonymously can feel unsafe.

On May 20, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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