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Estonians kick off online voting for March election  ABC NEWS · 17 hours
Balloting has started for next month's general election in Estonia, a day after Microsoft warned that hackers linked to Russia allegedly had targeted democratic institutions in Europe more
Female presidents are held to higher standards than males  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar—the list of women who have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2020 U.S. presidential election continues to grow. more
Estonians kick off online voting for March 3 election  ABC NEWS · 20 hours
Balloting has started in online voting pioneer Estonia for next month's election, a day after Microsoft said hackers linked to Russia allegedly had targeted democratic institutions in several European countries more
Don't be fooled by fake images and videos online  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women. The then-candidate and his... more
Microsoft says Russian hackers targeted European researchers - CNET  CNET · 2 days
A group linked to Russian government agencies targeted more than 100 people researching electoral integrity and public policy. more
Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A hacking group has targeted European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of highly anticipated EU parliamentary elections in May, Microsoft said. more
Russian hacking campaign spotted ahead of EU elections  Sky News · 2 days
Microsoft has detected a hacking campaign targeting democratic institutions ahead of the European Union elections this year, from a group believed to be sponsored by the Russian government. more
Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Twitter said Tuesday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and... more
Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists... more
Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May  ABC NEWS · 3 days
The offer by Italy's populist 5-Star Movement to share its web platform with France's yellow vest protesters could be a harbinger of what's to come in... more
Opinion: Was the EU's ban on electric fishing the right decision?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Last week, on 13 February 2019, the EU approved the ban on pulse trawling. This followed the vote for a ban by the European Parliament on... more
The UK’s blistering Facebook report has a good recommendation — for the UK  THE VERGE · 3 days
The United Kingdom Parliament is still mad at Facebook. How much does it matter? We’ve known since last summer that the report of the... more
Robert Mueller questioned ex-Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Kaiser was subpoenaed as part of the special counsel's investigation into potential Russian election interference. more
'Honeypot of juicy political gossip hoovered up' in Oz cyber attack  Sky News · 4 days
A "sophisticated state actor" has carried out a cyber attack on the Australian parliament's computing network - just a month before an election. more
Report: Far right tried to influence Bavarian election  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A study claims far-right groups engaged in concerted social media campaigns to influence last year's election in the German state of Bavaria by promoting the Alternative for Germany party and smearing its... more
Report: Far right tried hard to influence Bavarian election  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A London-based think tank says last year's election in the German state of Bavaria was the subject of concerted social media campaigns designed to benefit a far-right party more
William Barr confirmed to lead the Justice Department  TechCrunch · 1 week
On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee William Barr as the next head of the Justice Department. Barr was nominated to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions who fell out... more
Bavarians in record push for 'save the bees' vote  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A record 1.75 million Bavarians signed a petition to seek a referendum to "save the bees," a move that could have huge consequences for the German farming industry and environmental... more
ACLU, NAACP call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws - CNET  CNET · 1 week
The civil rights groups aim to fix issues like discriminative advertising, voter suppression and targeted misinformation. more
Ukrainian official: Hacking intensifies as election nears  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Russian hackers are redoubling their efforts in the run-up to presidential elections in Ukraine, according to the head of Ukraine's cyber-police more
A new Congress means a new opportunity for consumer privacy protections  TechCrunch · 1 week
Debra Berlyn Contributor Share on Twitter Debra Berlyn is the president of Consumer Policy Solutions and the executive director of Project GOAL, a project to raise... more
Saskatchewan takes its case against Ottawa's carbon tax to court  CBC · 1 week
Today, a courtroom in Regina gets its first official look at Saskatchewan's constitutional case against Ottawa's... more
Manipulating an Indian politician’s tweets is worryingly easy to do  TechCrunch · 1 week
Here’s a concerning story from India, where the upcoming election is putting the use of social media in the spotlight. While the Indian government is putting Facebook, Google... more
US Senate votes to expand nationals parks, protected lands  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The US Senate approved a landmark expansion of protected lands Tuesday, the first major gain for conservationists in two years after repeated setbacks by the Trump administration. more
BuzzFeed News employees vote to unionize  TechCrunch · 1 week
Shortly after BuzzFeed News employees revealed that they had voted to unionize, its editor-in-chief said the company wants to meet with them to discuss voluntarily recognition. Employees announced today that they are organizing as BuzzFeed News... more
Russian politicians vote for tight new internet controls  Sky News · 1 week
Russian politicians have voted for tight new internet requirements which could see state authorities exercise powerful controls over web content. more
Brexit as much due to resistance to supranationalism as immigration  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The UK referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) may have had as much to do with people's distrust of international organisations as it did fear of... more
Thyssenkrupp presses on with split as profits rise  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp on Tuesday confirmed its earnings forecasts for the full year after increasing profits in its first quarter, while announcing a January 2020 vote on its split into two... more
Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Utah has passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion, slashing the number of people covered and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve more
Russia Rising, part 3: Hackers targeting Canadian elections, banks and institutions  Global News · 2 weeks
Jeff Semple visits the front-lines of a growing cyberwar in the third episode of the Russia Rising podcast more
Facebook Expands Fact-Checking in India Ahead of General Election  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Five new partners, including the India Today Group, a leading local media house, have been added to Facebook's fact-checker network, taking the total number to seven. more
Sean Parker’s govtech Brigade breaks up, Pinterest acqhires engineers  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Facebook co-founder Sean Parker bankrolled Brigade to get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, but after five years and little progress the startup is splitting up, multiple sources confirm... more
Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Freshman Congresswomen and meme queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Netflix. The streaming service said this week that it has snapped up ‘Knock Down the House,’ a Sundance award-winning documentary... more
Utah voters approved Medicaid expansion, but state lawmakers are balking  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Utah residents may have thought they were done fighting about Medicaid expansion last November. But when Utah lawmakers opened a new legislative session in late January, they began... more
Utah plan to cut Medicaid expansion by 50,000 nears passage  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A plan to scale back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Utah won a key vote on Friday over protests that it reduces access to needed health care and... more
Swiss govt offers reward for hacking its electronic vote system  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Swiss government has issued a 150,000 Swiss franc (US$149,790) challenge to online hackers; break into our new generation electronic voting system and we'll reward you. more
Congress flaunts its ignorance in House hearing on net neutrality  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
It's amazing, and yet should surprise no one, that this country's elected representatives can be either so cynical or so ignorant that two decades into the net neutrality... more
NDP asks elections watchdog to investigate 'slanderous' ads targeting Singh  CBC · 2 weeks
The NDP is asking Canada's elections watchdog to immediately launch an investigation after a series of... more
WhatsApp Executive Says Indian Political Parties Are Abusing the Platform  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
India's political parties have been abusing WhatsApp ahead of the country's general election and the company has warned them not to do so, a senior executive said on... more
NY Times swings to profit on subscriber, advertising gains  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The New York Times moved into the profit column in the fourth quarter, helped by gains in digital advertising and the biggest increase in online subscribers since the months after... more
WhatsApp Details Efforts It's Making for Getting Ready for General Elections in India  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Over the last three months, WhatsApp removed more than two million accounts per month that were noticed with a bulk or automated... more
Demand for long-acting contraception rose sharply after 2016 election  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that rates of long-acting, reversible contraception went up by 21.6 percent in the 30 days after the presidential election compared to rates at the same time... more
Justice Department: No evidence of vote hacking during 2018 election  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
There is “no evidence to date” that any foreign government had a material impact on voting machines or infrastructure during the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new... more
Insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptives have increased after 2016 election  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Insertions of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods increased in the 30 business days after the 2016 presidential election based on an analysis of data for a large group of... more
Demand for long-acting reversible contraception seems to be on rise  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Not long after Donald Trump was elected president, descriptive reports began rolling in: Demand for long-acting, reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices and implants seemed to be on... more
Americans say they're worried about climate change – so why don't they vote that way?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
According to a January public opinion survey, "Record numbers of Americans say they care about global warming." more
Handmaid’s Tale trailer says it’s ‘morning again in America’  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Hulu has debuted a teaser for the upcoming third season of its award-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, that... more
Handmaid’s trailer says it’s ‘morning again in America’  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Hulu has debuted a teaser for the upcoming third season of its award-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, that reimagines Ronald... more
Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program  THE VERGE · 3 weeks
Snopes will no longer partner with Facebook as part of the social network’s fact-checking initiative. Facebook... more
Twitter Removes Thousands of Accounts Originating in Iran That Targeted US Midterm Election  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Twitter revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts thought to have originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. more
Progressive Shopper shows if brands donate more to Democrats or Republicans - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
Want to vote with your wallet? This tool shows you which way various companies lean. more
Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Facebook said today it has removed hundreds of Facebook and Instagram counts with links to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth... more
Hundreds of schools to shut as toxic smog chokes Bangkok  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Toxic smog forced hundreds of Bangkok schools to close Wednesday, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread health fears and taken on a... more
Facebook to Launch Transparency Tools for Electoral Ads in India  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Facebook said it will launch tools for electoral ads next month in the country to help prevent foreign interference and make ads more transparent. more
EU urges internet firms to intensify fake news fight  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The EU on Tuesday urged advertising trade associations and US internet giants to intensify the fight against disinformation campaigns from suspects such as Russia, ahead of European elections in May. more
EU urges internet giants to work harder fighting fake news  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
EU authorities urge internet companies to work harder combating fake news ahead of elections more
Facebook memes during 2016 presidential election differ from gender stereotypes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Facebook political memes of Donald Trump in the 2016 election were more likely to focus on his hairstyle and facial expressions, while those of Hillary Clinton were more... more
Facebook tightens EU political ad rules ahead of election  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Facebook said Monday it is tightening requirements for political ads in the European Union ahead of bloc-wide elections scheduled for the spring, its latest effort to fight misinformation and increase... more
As Clegg appears in Brussels, Facebook tightens controls on political ads  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
Facebook continues to feel the heat over its role in how people communicate — and more importantly, miscommunicate — globally, so today in Europe it redoubled... more
Facebook has 'new tools' against EU election meddling  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Facebook unveiled Monday new tools to counter online political meddling in the European elections, part of a campaign to answer growing pressure to rein in disinformation. more
Twitter India Celebrates National Voters' Day  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
National Voters Day was started by the government in 2011 to encourage the young to vote. more
Facebook to Remind Indian Users It's Time for Voter Registration  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
Facebook had rolled out similar reminder in partnership with Election Commission of India in 2017. more
Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
The spread of fake news on social media became a public concern in the United States after the 2016 presidential election. We examined exposure to and sharing of... more
House Spending Bill Fires Warning Shot at James Webb Space Telescope  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
A new appropriations bill the House plans to vote on next week would provide $21.5 billion for NASA in 2019 but warns that any further problems... more
The fight over Europe’s internet just got even messier  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
The European Union’s Copyright Directive has led a tortured life, even by the standards of EU law. This... more
Mister Rogers documentary voted biggest Oscars 2019 snub - CNET  CNET · 1 month
Please won’t you be, please won’t you be … my Academy Award nomination? more
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