- Former type
November 22nd 2022
- Veronica Weill
- Adam bin Amir
- Area served
World News Wire (WNW) was a multichannel news and research organisation that specialised mainly in deep investigative journalism inspired by slow media, and documentaries often delivered in audio or video formats with high production values.
Founded as a think tank in Malaysia in 2022, WNW transitioned to a public news model in 2025 and grew in both scope and revenue, peaking at a global audience of over 53 million subscribers across its various channels. In 2039, WNW ran a series of award-winning reports that exposed Lassgard Bioteknik’s role in causing the CMD pandemic after a source inside the company leaked proprietary data to WNW reporter Anse Daems.
In 2040, WNW pioneered and funded the use of Vessel, a blockchain-based social network originally meant to aid whistleblowers to contact the media without fear of their identity or materials being compromised. As a show of faith, WNW moved all its information technology (IT) operations to Vessel, which led to severe reputational damage when the network became fertile ground for misinformation. In 2042, WNW was acquired and dissolved by the Senanayake Group following the release of a final documentary on G6.
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World News Wire (WNW) was founded by Adam bin Amir and Veronica Weill on November 22nd 2022 as a think tank based in George Town, Malaysia. In its first year, WNW developed a reputation as a reliable watchdog on various state interests, corporations, and multinational political strategies around China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In this capacity, WNW often supplied proprietary data and analysis to various governments affected by the BRI, most prominently Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Singapore.
According to Weill, WNW‘s work on the BRI made her “truly understand just how much information asymmetry there is between the people making decisions and the people voting them in.” Citing her desire to create “a better public media source for everyone,” Weill started exploring various models, eventually buying out bin Amir’s stake and raising over ¥190 million to pivot WNW to a news organisation in 2025.
Transition to public news
As a public news organisation, WNW focused heavily on events in the Asia-Pacific region, especially around China and India. As a result, WNW developed an international reputation for its oft-cited coverage of the 2028-2031 Sino-Indian War. Two weeks after the war’s conclusion in January 2031, WNW released The First Post-Modern War to critical acclaim.  The long-form documentary explored different facets of the conflict, including the lack of troop-against-troop clashes in favour of remote technologies such as UAVs, the vastly underreported civilian casualties, and a resolution which focused less on territorial control and more on broadcasting rights in key areas.
The high quality and quick turnaround of The First Post-Modern War were the result of a tight collaboration between human editors and artificial neural networks (ANNs) with natural language processing (NLP) modules. This production process was refined and repeated for all of WNW’s long-form documentaries, with the addition of a proprietary knowledge graphing tool called Pipeline in 2034.
In 2032, Weill transitioned to the role of chair to focus on business growth and elevated Nader Khamair to the position of WNW’s editor-in-chief. Under Khamair, WNW tripled in size, aiming to cover all 143 countries that were signatories of the BRI and boasting a staff of some 2,000 journalists, investigators, videographers, and editors. Between 2032 and 2041, WNW released close to 600 documentaries, including:
- The Trillionaire Raj (February 2034), inspired by The Billionaire Raj.
- The Broken Record (July 2034), an investigation of medical experiments conducted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Huawei on detainees in the Xinjiang concentration camps.
- Kings of the New Silk Road (October 2035), which examined the BRI’s movers and shakers, both corporate and government.
- Predictive Behaviour (November 2036), a roadmap of the DISCO algorithm and its international spread through the BRI.
- The Ninth Immortal (February 2037), a comprehensive overview of Xi Jinping’s tenure as Chinese President and how his political theory lives on through algorithmic bias.
- Gathering Your Thoughts (May 2039), an exposé about Zhupao’s aggregation of neural data during its trial of neural colloids in Canada.
- Elite Panic (July 2041), a look at the CMD pandemic and how it led to the international adoption of G6.
Lassgard Bioteknik revelations
On October 1st 2039, WNW reporter Anse Daems was contacted by an anonymous source inside Lassgard Bioteknik who wanted to leak sensitive information about the company and its involvement in causing the outbreak of Cariappa-Muren disease (CMD). Based on the leaked files, WNW was able to establish a timeline of Lassgard Bioteknik’s malfeasance and began to publish a series of reports on October 23rd 2039, accusing the company of orchestrating “the most heinous misinformation campaign since climate change denial.” These revelations prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare the outbreak of CMD a pandemic on October 25th 2039, which greatly amplified WNW’s international profile and increased its audience to over 53 million subscribers.
Due to the fallout from WNW’s Vessel project and its perceived role in the spread of CMD phobia, the organisation began to struggle financially. On October 13th 2041, Sebastian Rummens took over from Khamair as editor-in-chief and immediately launched a significant restructuring of WNW. In October and November 2041, Rummens laid off over 1,300 staff and moved WNW from long-form documentaries and public funding to shorter opinion pieces from notable contributors and an advertiser-led model.
After a failed initial public offering (IPO) in February 2042, Weill sold her majority stake in WNW to a Sri Lankan venture capital firm owned by the Senanayake Group. Rummens resigned as editor-in-chief on February 23rd 2042 and appointed Hasashi Desai as his successor. Desai, who had joined WNW in 2034, realised he was only offered the position to “keep up an orderly facade while WNW was being stripped for parts” and decided to focus his remaining time and resources on a pet project.
The project, which Desai dubbed WNW’s “swan song,” involved the creation of a final long-form documentary on G6. With full access to WNW’s AI-powered authoring tools, Desai and five of his colleagues worked on the documentary in secret, planning interviews and organising field work while doctoring the records of these activities to keep them hidden from WNW’s new shareholders.
In June 2042, Desai abruptly left WNW after travelling to Brazil, forcing his colleagues to complete the G6 documentary without the cover of his position as editor-in-chief. When their efforts were subsequently discovered by enforcement officers from the Senanayake Group on June 14th 2042, they published the largely unedited five-hour documentary under the title The State of G6 to a selection of open streams and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, resulting in over 500 million downloads within 24 hours of release. On June 16th 2042, the Senanayake Group initiated liquidation proceedings and sold off WNW‘s remaining assets to cover its outstanding costs and honour the staff’s redundancy packages.
To capitalise on the success of its 2039 reporting on Lassgard Bioteknik, WNW launched Vessel in February 2040. Developed as a blockchain-based publishing network with a proof-of-stake model, Vessel’s goal was to “enable open-source intelligence (OSINT) operations between trusted parties” and create “a decentralised network where journalism can be free of state censorship and plutocrats controlling the narrative.”
Vessel was primarily read-only, with readers able to subscribe and fund contributors. To contribute, a Vessel user needed to have a special invite that could only be generated by another Vessel user. The network used a mutating encryption schema constantly being updated through a genetic algorithm that used Vessel message hashes as input. Although Vessel was initially picked up as a popular tool among investigative journalists, the project led to a drop in WNW subscribers and viewership. This decline continued in 2041, when Vessel became the target of misinformation during the international political campaigns that followed the passing of Resolution ES-13/6.
This was believed to be the result of a campaign to collect Vessel contributor invitations en masse and use them to allow social bots to flood the network with data that exaggerated CMD’s perceived threat. Due to Vessel’s association with WNW as a reliable source of news, this misinformation campaign led to politicians, celebrities, and other public figures endorsing an unwarranted fear of CMD. An internal WNW investigation pointed to Roshantha De Silva as the campaign’s architect, though these claims were never substantiated and De Silva has dismissed them as “slanderous.”
The corporate body responsible for maintaining Vessel was shut down alongside WNW’s operations in June 2041, although the network itself is still active as of 2049. Estimates put data flow at a little over six million data transactions per week, with a National Security Agency (NSA) report noting that Vessel is “useful for hiding signals in the noise” and that its mutating encryption is “difficult to reverse engineer for target groups of n where n>10.”
- Huynh, T. (February 2031). “The First Post-Modern War: ‘essential viewing’ to understand Sino-Indian conflict.” VnExpress. ↩