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Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during US midterm elections

Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it w

What we can learn from the 3,500 Russian Facebook ads meant to stir up U.S. politics

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a massive new trove of Russian government-funded Facebook political ads targeted at American voters. While we’d seen a cross s

Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections

To secure U.S. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly controlled corporate

Facebook teams with nonprofits to launch election research commission

Facebook’s post-Cambridge Analytica apology tour continues this morning with the announcement of an initiative aimed at helping social science researchers gauge the site’s impact on key political

Higher Ground Labs backs 13 startups to help Democrats win in 2018 and beyond

With 2018 midterms around the corner, the Democrats are looking for their answer to Cambridge Analytica, the Robert Mercer-backed political data firm that either won the 2016 election or tricked every

U.S. issues broad Russian sanctions citing NotPetya attack and Internet Research Agency meddling

In a surprisingly robust reprimand for the Trump administration, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a set of sanctions Thursday citing interference in the 2016 election as part of a broader pattern o

Voting machine makers explain what they do (and don’t do) to make sure no one hacks the vote

As the House and Senate continue to examine the wave of disinformation around the 2016 presidential election, concerns around the security of voting systems examine something even more germane to the

Crunch Report | Facebook Fixing Its Election Ads Problem

GM is hoping to have 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, Uber is partnering with Westfield Malls to offer pick-up spots and lounges and Facebook is hiring 1,000 more people to help combat election ad in

Leaked NSA report names Russia in pre-election hacks, contradicting Putin’s claims of innocence

Attribution is not an easy thing to do in the case of cyberattacks, especially if the actors have been careful. But the NSA seemed confident enough regarding certain pre-election hacks that it has dir

French presidential frontrunner Macron’s emails leaked after alleged hack

Private emails from the campaign of the leading candidate in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, have been posted online by an unknown source. The politician confirmed the leak in a state

Crowdfunding platforms take a data-driven approach to state political campaigns

Like most candidates vying for a state seat, Delaware state Senate candidate Stephanie Hansen spent the months leading up to her February election fundraising. And she got a surprising boost from a ne

Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact t

Google and Facebook partner for anti-fake news drive during French election

The first round of the French presidential election is due to be held in April. So it's no coincidence that Google and Facebook are stepping up efforts locally to combat the circulation of so-called f

The government body that oversees the security of voting systems was itself hacked

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is responsible for testing and certifying voting systems, among other things, was hacked around the time of the election, security outfit Recorded Future

Is the U.S. no longer tamper-proof?

Ken Miller Contributor Ken Miller is an investor, writer and advisor to several technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously he was an executive at PayPal and Intuit, and early advisor t

How our AI called a scenario for Trump being elected and the ‘why’ behind it

As the world was collectively watching results of the 2016 election ,  we got a barrage of emails from people congratulating our AI for predicting a Trump win. To be very clear, our AI did not cal

Blockchain technologies could transform government services

RJ Krawiec Contributor RJ Krawiec is a Principal at Deloitte & lead of Monitor Deloitte’s Federal Innovation Unit. Jason Killmeyer Contributor Jason Killmeyer is a senior consultant for Federal

Twitter traffic doubled, Facebook up by 30% on election night

Social media usage spiked on election night in America, but overall, internet traffic was down – likely the result of people tuning in to watch election coverage on television, instead of onlin

Google will display election results as soon as polls close

Google has been highly involved with connecting U.S. voters to timely information throughout this election cycle, by offering everything from voter registration assistance to polling place information

Facebook gives users local ballot guides in voting initiative

Facebook rolled out a new feature today that gives users a full voter guide, from the presidential candidates to the down-ballot propositions and local politicians, in an effort to “encourage ci
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