She dedicated herself to covering Northern Ireland. Murdered investigative journalist ‘tirelessly pursued the truth’

(CNN)Lyra McKee, the young investigative journalist shot dead during violence in Northern Ireland on Thursday, had been widely viewed as a rising star within the industry. McKee, who was 29, dedicated herself to journalism aged 14, starting a newspaper while still at school in Belfast. Her work as an investigative reporter explored the aftermath of The Troubles, the decades-long conflict between Irish nationalists and British unionists in Northern Ireland that left more than 3,500 people dead. The reverberations of the sectarian struggle was the setting for McKee’s murder in Londonderry, also known as Derry. McKee had an affection for the region she frequently covered, referring to it in a TEDx talk as “Legend-derry.” “Avoid that Londonderry/Derry thing. I hate that,” …

Governments are rushing to regulate the internet. Users could end up paying the price

(CNN)In early 1996, John Perry Barlow — founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and one-time member of the Grateful Dead — declared the internet to be independent of national governments. Today, Silicon Valley is facing the backlash. Amid widespread concerns over fake news, influence campaigns, cybersecurity and the sharing of violent and extremist content, more and more countries are pushing to rein in big tech. 2019: The year Chinese internet censorship goes into overdrive Free speech concerns Few people would deny that there are major issues with the internet, and that government action is required to fix them. “While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity …

Turmoil in British politics as Labour MPs quit over Brexit and anti-Semitism

London (CNN)A new schism opened up in British politics on Monday when seven lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout from Britain’s opposition Labour Party, denouncing its handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and a “betrayal” on Brexit. Berger was joined by Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker and Mike Gapes, who said that they would sit in the House of Commons as an independent group of MPs. Their defections are a stark demonstration of the fractiousness of British politics with just 39 days left to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, with no deal yet in place. “It is not simply that our values are no longer welcome in the Labour Party; the values we …