Elections
Researchers study impact of information on voters  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Voter information campaigns don't shape voter behavior, according to an analysis of data combined from studies independently conducted but coordinated by researchers working in six developing countries. The study, co-authored by William & Mary... more
Over-claiming knowledge predicts anti-establishment voting  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
In light of the election and ballot victories of populist, anti-establishment movements, many people have been trying to better understand the behaviors and motivations of voters. Studying voter behavior on an EU treaty, social psychologists in the Netherlands... more
Microsoft touts its software for preventing election hacks - CNET  CNET · 14 hours
The tech giant has already signed partnerships with two voting machine companies that are using its ElectionGuard software. more
Microsoft reports hundreds of election-related cyber probes  ABC NEWS · 17 hours
Microsoft says it has detected more than 740 infiltration attempts by nation-state actors in the past year targeting U.S.-based political parties and campaigns and other democracy-focused organizations including nonprofits more
Facial recognition banned in another city - CNET  CNET · 19 hours
Oakland has followed San Francisco as the second Bay Area city to vote down the use of the technology. more
Google, Facebook, Twitter put on notice about deepfakes in 2020 election - CNET  CNET · 20 hours
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee wants to know how social media will handle deepfake videos ahead of the next presidential... more
Huawei 5G ban could spread further - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The Canadian decision has reportedly been postponed until after the nation's election. more
Huawei 5G ban could spread across North America - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The Canadian decision has reportedly been postponed until after the nation's election. more
Google, Facebook and Twitter sent letters about deepfakes by Rep. Schiff - CNET  CNET · 3 days
The California Rep. wants to know how deepfakes will be addressed by social media ahead of the upcoming election. more
Hidden Brain: How People React To Election Interference By Foreign Countries  NPR · 3 days
Robert Mueller will testify soon before Congress about the Russia probe. New research finds that Americans have partisan reactions to foreign interference in elections. more
Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking  ABC NEWS · 3 days
AP analysis finds many new electoral systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers more
As US counties update their voting machines, many run on outdated software  THE VERGE · 5 days
Following the 2016 presidential election, states like Pennsylvania indicated that they would be working to upgrade their voting machines to allay security concerns. A... more
New election systems use vulnerable software  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far,... more
Facebook faces a $5B FTC fine, the largest ever in tech  ABC NEWS · 5 days
A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations more
AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software  ABC NEWS · 5 days
AP Exclusive: States are buying 'new' election systems that will soon be running outdated and unsupported software that makes it more vulnerable to hacking more
US regulator approves $5bn fine for Facebook - report  Sky News · 5 days
The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about $5bn for Facebook over privacy violations, according to a report. more
FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook: Report  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations more
Facebook reportedly gets a $5 billion slap on the wrist from the FTC  TechCrunch · 6 days
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reportedly agreed to end its latest probe into Facebook‘s privacy problems with a $5 billion payout.... more
Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations more
Get the most from your Facebook Portal video - CNET  CNET · 6 days
Facebook may be facing difficult times over concerns regarding privacy and potential meddling in the 2016 election, but it continues to roll out improvements to its Portal device.... more
FEC says political campaigns can now get discounted cybersecurity help  TechCrunch · 6 days
In a long awaited decision, the Federal Elections Commission will now allow political campaigns to appoint cybersecurity helpers to protect political campaigns from cyberthreats and malicious attackers. The... more
Ministers, MPs targeted by Facebook Messenger impersonation scam  CBC · 6 days
With only a few months to go until the federal election, at least three federal cabinet ministers and multiple other members... more
The value of vegetation  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The day Brazil's voters chose Jair Bolsonaro as their new President wasn't a good day for efforts to mitigate climate change. During the election campaign, the declared populist and would-be strongman vowed to end the "environmental activism" of his predecessors.... more
'Terrible idea': Online security experts warn against online voting in N.W.T. elections  CBC · 1 week
Online security experts have an urgent message for election officials in the Northwest Territories who recently announced online voting will be used for the... more
5G gets boost in controversial FCC spectrum vote - CNET  CNET · 1 week
The agency will make 2.5GHz midband spectrum available for auction, but one commissioner says it's torching a visionary policy in the process. more
FCC paves the way for more 5G spectrum - CNET  CNET · 1 week
The agency votes to make 2.5GHz midband spectrum available for auction, and it sets rules for an auction of high-frequency spectrum for later this year. more
California takes on surprise bills, over hospital objections  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A proposal in California to limit exorbitant emergency room medical bills for patients with health insurance faces a key committee vote amid strong opposition from hospitals. more
Sports playbook can help generate more accurate prognoses for cancer patients  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
In this season of global soccer competitions and hotly contested political primaries, bookies and pundits are scouring every evolving scrap of information and sifting through mountains... more
Server image mystery in Georgia election security case  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A lawyer for the Georgia's Secretary of State has told plaintiffs in a closely watched Georgia election integrity lawsuit that it never did subpoena the FBI _ despite telling a judge it... more
Georgia failed to subpoena image of wiped elections server  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A lawyer for the Georgia's Secretary of State has told plaintiffs in a closely watched Georgia election integrity lawsuit that it never did subpoena the FBI _ despite telling a... more
Austrian parliament votes for ban on weed killer glyphosate  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Austria's parliament has voted for a ban on the weed killer glyphosate, a substance that has long been disputed in Europe and beyond more
How Years and Years creator Russell T. Davies sees the future unfolding  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Queer as Folk creator and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies wanted to write Years and Years for, well, years and years. “Twenty... more
Ministers 'ignoring' calls to protect elections from foreign meddling  Sky News · 2 weeks
The government is ignoring calls to protect future elections from foreign interference online, MPs say. more
Higher Ground Labs is betting tech can help sway the 2020 elections for Democrats  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
When Shomik Dutta and Betsy Hoover first met in 2007, he was coordinating fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts for Barack Obama’s... more
Facebook Will Ban Ads That Tell People in US Not to Vote  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from voting ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, according to its second annual Civil Rights Audit... more
Facebook civil rights audit says white supremacy policy is ‘too narrow’  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Facebook’s second progress report pertaining to the civil rights audit conducted by former ACLU Washington Director Laura Murphy is here. Over the last six months, Facebook... more
Facebook will ban ads that discourage voting in U.S. ahead of 2020 election  Global News · 3 weeks
Facebook pledged to put its new "don't vote" policy prohibition into effect in the fall, before the 2019 U.S. elections on Nov.... more
Why US elections cause international stock market declines  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed the full economic impact US elections have on international financial markets. more
Junior doctors vote in favor of contract changes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Junior doctor members of the BMA have voted overwhelmingly in favour in the referendum to support improvements to the 2016 contract. more
Mark Zuckerberg to regulators: We need your help to protect elections  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As public trust in Facebook's ability to wield its power responsibly has fractured in the face of a series of privacy breaches and other scandals, the... more
Zuckerberg says US govt inaction allowed fake news to spread  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that a lack of action by US authorities on fake political content on the platform after the 2016 US election helped pave... more
Trump: Europe shouldn't 'sue' tech giants, but the US should - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
The US president also accuses Twitter of censoring him, and Google of trying to rig the next election. more
Reddit quarantines its biggest headache  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Reddit’s r/The_Donald subreddit has been a lingering issue for the site’s leadership. The community, which was organized in the lead-in to Trump’s presidential run, has come to represent much of the site’s failures in uniformly enforcing content policies.... more
Twitter bans political ads during pre-campaign period ahead of federal vote  Global News · 3 weeks
Twitter Canada announced its ad-transparency policy Wednesday, several weeks after being called out by Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould for not committing to help ensure the... more
How to stream the first 2020 Democratic debates  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
The 2020 US presidential election cycle is in full swing (yes, it is still the summer of 2019; you did... more
Facebook Rolls Out New Rules for Political Advertising Globally  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Facebook has rolled out its transparency tools globally for advertisers wanting to place ads about social issues, elections or politics. more
Bulbasaur, Charizard and Gengar: Fans pick their favorite Pokémon - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
More than 52,000 people voted for their favorite Pokémon. Did yours make the list? more
San Francisco set to ban sales of e-cigarettes  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The city is the corporate home of Juul Labs, the biggest... more
San Francisco is 1st major US city to ban e-cigarettes  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday more
Facebook’s searchable political ads archive is now global  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Facebook has announced it’s rolled out a basic layer of political ads transparency globally, more than a year after launching the publicly searchable ads archive in the US. It is also expanding... more
Avengers: Endgame re-release -- new footage, how to buy tickets, free poster - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
I vote for "resurrect Tony Stark from the grave" and "make old man Cap put on the suit one last... more
Nissan shareholders to vote on governance overhaul  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Nissan shareholders began a fractious annual meeting Tuesday to discuss revamping operations at the crisis-hit Japanese automaker after the Carlos Ghosn scandal, amid lingering tension with French partner Renault. more
California Legislature OKs health insurance mandate  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The California Legislature has voted to tax people who refuse to buy health insurance, bringing back a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law that has been eliminated nationwide by Republicans in Congress more
Study investigates lack of disclaimers on Facebook and Google's political advertising  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A cloak of mystery often shrouds the inner workings of technological giants, but sometimes clarity is in plain sight. A Virginia Tech research team recently uncovered... more
Federal election easy prey for social media manipulators, experts warn  CBC · 3 weeks
Social media platforms are actively circulating false information designed to manipulate voters in the run-up to... more
Nebraska slowly rolls out voter-approved Medicaid expansion  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Nebraska officials are laying the groundwork for the state's voter-approved Medicaid expansion program, but many people who will eventually qualify now face a long and difficult wait more
The Latest: 'Militia threat' shuts down Oregon statehouse  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
A "possible militia threat" is shutting down the Oregon statehouse amid a walkout by Republican lawmakers who are blocking a vote on landmark climate legislation with their absence more
Elections Canada dropping plan to use 'influencers' to promote youth voter registration  CBC · 4 weeks
Elections Canada has abandoned a plan to use social 'influencers' to encourage young people to register to vote in the upcoming federal election. more
Microsoft 365 for Campaigns aims to secure election campaigns  Windows Central · 4 weeks
What you need to know Microsoft 365 for Campaigns aims to secure political campaigns. The tool eases the burden on IT administrators of campaigns. It's easy to add or remove... more
Samsung auto-email signature accidentally reveals scripted government news story  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
Details about the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have been conspicuously absent from news reports. Despite... more
Anti-abortion ballot drives to start within days in Michigan  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Groups backing two anti-abortion ballot drives in Michigan are poised to begin gathering signatures after clearing procedural steps more
San Francisco closer to ban on e-cigarette sales  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
San Francisco supervisors have voted unanimously to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes more
Boeing's troubled 737 MAX gets huge vote of confidence from IAG  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
US aircraft giant Boeing got a welcome vote of confidence in its beleaguered 737 MAX plane on Tuesday when International Airlines Group, owner of British Airways,... more
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