LA NACIÓN (Costa Rica)

SAN JOSE - Costa Rica's claims to fame include beautiful beaches, a stable democracy, a greasy pigskin specialty called "chicharrónes," a couple of World Cup appearances and… as of this week, membership in the exclusive "Mount Everest Club."

Costa Rican mountaineer Warner Rojas reached the 8,848-meter (29,029-foot) summit of Everest Thursday night, making him the first "Tico" – as people from the tiny Central American country are called – to reach the world's highest point, La Nación proudly reported.

"Very, very tired. But happy," Rojas said upon his return to base camp.

Rojas was one of seven climbers in a team led by the Jagged Globe trekking company. The Costa Rican's feat comes just days after four climbers died on the Himalayan peak after getting caught up in a "traffic jam" of more than 200 hikers.

Tropical Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Cerro Chirripó, is 3,819 meters (12,530 feet) tall, less than half the height of Everest.

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Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang says that the tech giant knowingly facilitates undermining democracy in India. Fair voting cannot be guaranteed if real people's voices are drowned out by armies of fake online commentators.

The Tek Fog app is allegedly used by online operatives to hijack social media

Sophie Zhang

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NEW DELHI — Earlier this month, The Wire published an exposé on Tek Fog, an app allegedly used by India's ruling, right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to make social engineering easier. The app is allegedly used by online operatives to hijack social media and amplify right-wing propaganda in the country.

The investigation immediately grabbed the attention of the Indian public. For the first time, everyday Indians were given insight into the inner workings of a major political party's Information Technology Cell (IT cell). Indians were forced to confront the possibility that their everyday reality was shaped not by the Indian public but the whims of shadowy political operatives.

They also discovered that their own ruling party would seek to phish their phones with spyware for the purpose of sending party-line propaganda impersonating them to friends and family. Such serious allegations more closely resemble an authoritarian dictatorship like the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and their hired online commentators, the 50 Cent Army (五毛党), than the world’s largest democracy.

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