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Protests around the world aimed squarely at existing governments

Illustration of the flags of Chile, Argentina, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, all in various states of falling apart
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The world is angry. Millions have taken to the streets not only in countries like Egypt and Iraq, which are beset by poverty or ravaged by war, but also in places like Chile and Hong Kong, previously known mostly for their boring prosperity.

Driving the news: Protests reminiscent of the Arab Spring have toppled the billionaire prime minister of Lebanon and forced the billionaire president of Chile to cancel the upcoming APEC and UN climate summits.

Facebook declares war on government spying

Illustration of smartphones dangling from ropes
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In what could become a landmark case limiting how government surveillance contractors can operate, Facebook is suing Israeli firm NSO Group for allegedly hacking WhatsApp in order to monitor users on behalf of foreign governments.

Why it matters: Firms like NSO sell software ostensibly intended to surveil potential criminals and terrorists. In practice, their tools have been used to commit human rights abuses.