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Samsung auto-email signature accidentally reveals scripted government news story  THE VERGE · 12 hours
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 · 12 hours
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 · 1 day
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 · 2 days
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
Talking honestly about the carbon tax requires serious political courage: Neil Macdonald  CBC · 2 days
Catherine McKenna just confirmed that the carbon tax will stop once it reaches a piffling $50 a tonne, three years from now. Why? Because... more
How to answer the argument that Australia's emissions are too small to make a difference  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
After a recent foray into the debate over Australia's so-called "climate election", I received plenty of critical replies... more
EU leaders to debate push for zero emissions by 2050  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
EU leaders will this week discuss setting a target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, European officials said Monday, following elections that highlighted climate fears. more
Why CBC News is doing a series on climate change  CBC · 3 days
Climate change is a critical issue for our readers, viewers and listeners, and recent polling suggests... more
Election hacking has never been cheaper, easier or more profitable - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Cybercrime could be a $6 trillion business by 2022. Emerging tech like AI might be the only way to one step ahead. more
Russia used social media to keep EU voters at home, report finds  THE VERGE · 6 days
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released... more
The rise of the grey vote: cultural backlash?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Explanations of why people voted for Brexit, Donald Trump or so-called populist parties in the EU are often characterised as either 'cultural' or 'economic' – that is, values or identity-based, versus social... more
AMA adopts new policies aimed at improving health of the nation  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
The American Medical Association, the premier national physician organization in the country, voted this week to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the... more
'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
"Deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that's not easily answered. more
'Deepfakes' called new election threat, with no easy fix  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Lawmakers and experts say "deepfake" videos pose a clear and growing threat to America's national security more
The Latest: NY moves to end religious vaccine exemption  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The New York state Assembly has voted to eliminate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades more
Congress grapples with how to regulate deepfakes  THE VERGE · 7 days
Top House Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued a warning on Thursday that deepfake videos could have a disastrous effect on the... more
New campaign seeks to put Medicaid expansion up for a vote  ABC NEWS · 7 days
A statewide coalition has launched a campaign to put the issue of expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands of uninsured Oklahoma residents before voters more
Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election more
Lawmakers warn doctored videos pose national security threat  ABC NEWS · 7 days
Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election more
Wait, There’s More podcast: Meddling with elections  Global News · 7 days
Craig Silverman, a media editor from Buzzfeed News, talks to Tamara Khandaker on the 'Wait, There’s More' podcast about media manipulation and online disinformation. more
Why old-school climate denial has had its day  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The Coalition has been re-elected to government, and after six years in office it has not created any effective policies for reducing greenhouse emissions. Does that mean the Australian climate change debate... more
House Armed Services Committee votes to create a U.S. Space Corps  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
HASC creates a United States Space Corps led by a four-star commandant. SpaceNews.com more
Uber, Lyft must continue to limit size of fleets in New York City - CNET  CNET · 1 week
To fight congestion, the city council votes to indefinitely extend a cap on the number of ride-hailing vehicles... more
Canada should regulate social media firms to protect election, says international group  CBC · 1 week
The federal government should regulate social media giants to better protect the next election from attempts at foreign disruption, a blue-ribbon international group will say next... more
Missouri election head rejects petition for vote on abortion  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Missouri's top election official has rejected a third petition for a public vote on a new law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy more
Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Much as robots have transformed entire swaths of the manufacturing economy, artificial intelligence and automation are now changing information work, letting humans... more
Foxconn Announces Leadership Overhaul as Chairman Seeks Taiwan Presidency  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
Foxconn on Tuesday announced a leadership overhaul that will see more executives involved in the running of its daily operations, as Chairman Terry Gou seeks to run in Taiwan's 2020... more
HBO cancels daily news show ‘Vice News Tonight’  TechCrunch · 1 week
Just ahead of the 2016 presidential election, HBO announced its plans to carry a nightly news show courtesy of Vice News, called “Vice News Tonight.” That show is now being canceled, which... more
Virginia city to divest budget funds from fossil fuels  ABC NEWS · 1 week
Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have voted to divest the city's operating budget investments from any entity involved in the production of fossil fuels or weapons more
Facebook launching political ad transparency tools ahead of Canadian federal vote  Global News · 1 week
The roster of additional tools will include ad authorization functionalities to verify advertisers on the platform and an ad library, which will provide users additional information... more
Top voting machine maker reverses position on election security, promises paper ballots  TechCrunch · 1 week
Voting machine maker ES&S has said it “will no longer sell” paperless voting machines as the primary device for casting ballots in a jurisdiction.... more
FCC passes measure urging carriers to block robocalls by default  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
The FCC voted today to adopt an anti-robocall measure, but it may or may not lead to any abatement of this maddening practice — and it might not... more
Protecting the integrity of US elections will require a massive regulatory overhaul, academics say  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Ahead of the 2020 elections, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos and his colleagues at Stanford University have unveiled... more
Gould urges Twitter to take more responsibility for content as election approaches  CBC · 2 weeks
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould delivered a scolding to Twitter today, urging the social media platform to take more responsibility for its content ahead... more
Protecting the integrity U.S. elections will require a massive regulatory overhaul, academics say  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Ahead of the 2020 elections former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos and his colleagues at Stanford University have unveiled a sweeping... more
Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. more
Feds to finally examine 2016 NC poll books for hacking  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
More than two years after 2016 Election Day trouble, federal computer sleuths will do forensic analysis of electronic poll book software from a company targeted by Russian military... more
Effort to repeal Missouri 8-week abortion ban hits roadblock  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Efforts to repeal Missouri's new eight-week abortion ban with a public vote have hit a roadblock more
Robocalls can now get blocked by your carrier by default  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
The FCC voted unanimously today to allow carriers to block robocalls by default, setting the stage... more
Empowering electoral officials is crucial to building better elections  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Findings from the first-ever cross-national surveys of electoral officials demonstrate the link between the workforce of electoral management bodies (EMBs) and the quality of the delivery of the election. more
Protecting privacy at the ballot box with secure multiparty computation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Shortly after the start of the new year, Americans around the nation will start returning to polling stations to vote in presidential primaries. How confident they feel in... more
Feds to test North Carolina election computers for hacking  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
More than two years after a 2016 Election Day glitch, federal computer experts will inspect North Carolina polling equipment that used software by a company targeted by Russian military hackers more
Peloton, the connected fitness company, has filed to go public  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Peloton Interactive, the on-demand fitness company best known for its connected indoor cycling bike, has officially... more
Alberta makes it official: Bill passed and proclaimed to kill carbon tax  CBC · 2 weeks
Alberta Legislature members voted Tuesday night to pass the bill that repeals the carbon tax, and it has been signed into law, opening the door... more
Oakland becomes second US city to decriminalize magic mushrooms  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Oakland City Council has voted to decriminalize psychedelics that come from plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms. The... more
Facebook Investors Seek Independent Chair, Citing Vote Tally  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Public pension fund leaders on Tuesday called for separating the chairman and chief executive officer positions at Facebook, both held by co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. more
Congress investigating deepfakes after doctored Pelosi video, report says - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Calling the manipulated Pelosi video a "cheap fake," House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff has reportedly said Congress will investigate deepfakes ahead of the 2020 presidential... more
House Committee Votes To Continue Ban On Genetically Modified Babies  NPR · 2 weeks
A congressional committee has upheld a prohibition against the Food and Drug Administration considering using gene-edited embryos to establish pregnancies. more
The Latest: Lawyer: Courts shouldn't decide climate policy  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A US Justice Department lawyer says young people in Oregon suing the U.S. government over climate change wrongly want the courts -- instead of elected officials -- to direct things such as... more
House Committee Votes To Continue Research Ban On Genetically Modified Babies  NPR · 2 weeks
A congressional committee has upheld a prohibition against the Food and Drug Administration considering research into gene-edited embryos that could be used to establish pregnancies. more
Apple CEO Tim Cook worries fake news isn't 'under control' - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
Cook says he's concerned about outside forces using fake news to manipulate the next presidential election. more
Maine legislators vote to legalize assisted suicide; governor not saying whether she'll sign bill  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Maine legislators vote to legalize assisted suicide; governor not saying whether she'll sign bill more
An effective, affordable early childhood education sector for Australia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Leading up to the election, Labor campaigned on an ambitious suite of early childhood policies, including 15 hours of funded preschool for every Australian three-year-old and $4 billion to increase... more
Facebook Keeps 3-Yearly 'Say on Pay' Vote, Amid Outside Investor Doubts  Gadgets 360 · 2 weeks
Facebook investors will only get to vote on the pay of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg every three years, rather than annually as most outside shareholders would... more
National Academy of Sciences to allow expulsion of harassers  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Gray-haired, heavily male membership votes in historic bylaw change permitting members to be ousted for misconduct more
How the urban-rural divide shapes elections  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Location, location, location—the popular real estate mantra can also be used to describe why American elections today turn out the way they do, says Stanford political scientist Jonathan Rodden. According to his new research, the geographic... more
NDP government would ban single-use plastics by 2022: Singh  CBC · 3 weeks
The NDP says it would ban single-use plastics across Canada within three years if it wins this fall's election. more
Oregon votes to ban restaurants from offering plastic straws  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Oregon will ban restaurants from automatically offering single-use plastic straws under a measure passed by lawmakers, making it the second state to enact restrictions on plastic straws. more
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg 'survives' leadership vote  BBC · 3 weeks
Some shareholders wanted Facebook's chairman and chief executive to step down from one of his roles. more
Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ The state of the abortion debate — a deep dive  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Abortion is one of the hottest political issues of 2019. With a newly configured Supreme Court, which many... more
Oregon votes to ban restaurants from offering plastic straws  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Oregon will ban restaurants from automatically offering single-use plastic straws under a measure passed by lawmakers, making it the second state to enact restrictions on plastic straws more
Maine lawmakers pass bill to prevent ISPs from selling browsing data without consent  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Good news! Maine lawmakers have passed a bill that will prevent internet providers from selling consumers’ private internet data to advertisers. The... more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Set to Face Leadership Vote: Report  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was likely to face a leadership vote at the social networking giant's annual general meeting on Thursday. more
Illinois advances legalized pot after home growing settled  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The Illinois House voted to legalize recreational marijuana after resolving a dispute over whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use. more
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to face leadership vote  BBC · 3 weeks
Some shareholders want Facebook's chairman and chief executive to step down from one of his roles. more
Is China's social credit system coming to Australia?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Privacy was not a hot topic in the recent Australian election, but it should have been. This is because the City of Darwin is adapting elements of the Chinese social credit system... more
Facebook says it won’t remove misleading content during Canada’s federal election  Global News · 3 weeks
Representatives for Facebook Canada said they won’t remove doctored videos from the platform during Canada’s upcoming federal election campaign. more
Canadian lawmakers blast Facebook's execs for snub  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Canadian lawmakers have voted to serve a summons on Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg that would compel them to appear before them the next time either visits Canada. more
The Latest: ACLU petition aims to stop Missouri abortion law  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The ACLU of Missouri is seeking a statewide vote on a new law that will ban most abortions starting at eight weeks of pregnancy more
Change UK spends most on Facebook adverts ahead of EU elections  Sky News · 3 weeks
Change UK's failure in the European elections was not only embarrassing, but also expensive, as the party spent over £200,000 on Facebook advertising in the lead-up... more
Amazon defeated shareholder’s vote on facial recognition by a wide margin  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
Efforts by shareholders to instruct Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to government customers failed by a wide margin, according to a new corporate... more
Facebook says it will blow whistle on attempts to interfere in election  CBC · 3 weeks
Facebook will take down accounts that try to interfere with the upcoming federal election and make it public regardless of whether the government decides... more
Facebook, Microsoft to Crackdown on Bots, Fake Accounts Ahead of Canada's Election, Official Says  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Microsoft and Facebook have agreed to help boost the security of Canada's October election by removing fake accounts and cracking... more
Here’s why the outcomes of this week’s European elections are good news for science  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
New parliament expected to continue pushing for generous funding, but wins for green and liberal groups could shift priorities more
The tablet computer pulled by donkey  BBC · 3 weeks
Communities in Mozambique learn about health, banking and elections via giant interactive screens. more
Green parties' gains could boost climate action in Europe  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Green parties' strong showing in elections for the European Parliament raised hopes _ particularly among young voters _ that global warming and other environmental issues will get more serious consideration... more
Gaming addiction made an official disease  Sky News · 3 weeks
Video game addiction has been made an official disease after the World Health Organisation (WHO) voted unanimously to recognise the condition. more
Europe wakes up to climate concerns after green wave in vote  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Green parties in Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere celebrated big gains in elections for the 751-seat European Parliament amid growing voter concerns over climate change, expressed... more
Green wave: Europe wakes up to climate concerns after vote  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Green parties in Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere in the European Union are celebrating big gains in elections for the bloc's 751-seat parliament amid growing voter concerns over... more
Fake News Spreads Unabated on Social Media After Lok Sabha Polls, Claims Fact-Checking Platform  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Posts containing fake news continued to flourish on social media after the end of the Lok Sabha elections that saw... more
The US Senate is coming after ‘loot boxes’  TechCrunch · 4 weeks
Gamers feel passionately about loot boxes, turns out some elected officials do too. A new Senate bill was formally introduced today with bipartisan support and it could categorically shift how today’s top... more
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