Computer Weekly: Online fact-checkers warn of misinformation on unprecedented scale in 2019 election

Computer Weekly: Online fact-checkers warn of misinformation on unprecedented scale in 2019 election. “The UK’s watchdog for democracy, the Electoral Commission, has repeatedly asked for electoral laws to be updated for the online world. It first called for reform from a Labour government in 2003, before Facebook was even built. Labour failed to act, as have successive governments.”

CNET: Reddit uncovers Russian campaign to spread leaked UK documents

CNET: Reddit uncovers Russian campaign to spread leaked UK documents. “A Reddit user who posted leaked UK government documents was part of a larger coordinated effort that appears to have originated in Russia, Reddit said in a security announcement Friday. A network of connected accounts re-posted the documents in several forums on the discussion website and manipulated Reddit’s voting system for highlighting popular content, all in an effort to bring more attention to the leaks.”

The Washington Post: Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn’t stop its spread.

The Washington Post: Opponents of Elizabeth Warren spread a doctored photo on Twitter. Her campaign couldn’t stop its spread.. “As the image solidified negative views of Warren among some who favor other Democratic candidates, the incident offered a fresh lesson about political disinformation: Homespun operations on social media represent a rising threat, capable of inciting conflict among voters and turning unwitting users into agents of online deception.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Says Anonymous Pages Posting Coordinated Pro-Trump Content Do Not Break Its Rules

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Says Anonymous Pages Posting Coordinated Pro-Trump Content Do Not Break Its Rules. “The pages and their murky connections to a political candidate highlight the challenges in determining who is behind coordinated activity on Facebook, whose interest page networks may serve, and what does and doesn’t rise to the platform’s standard of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior.’ The enforcement of that policy is a major focus going into next year’s US election, as Facebook works to prevent the rampant manipulation and inauthentic behavior that marred the 2016 campaign on the world’s largest social network.”

Route Fifty: Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from CISA

Route Fifty: Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from CISA. “The software, which is being piloted by some election offices in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Ohio, and Georgia, is designed to help officials make calculations needed for an audit. Arlo can help elections officials determine how many ballots to audit, randomly select which ballots to audit, and compare audited votes to tabulated votes, according to CISA.”

Poynter: Univision and Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network join forces to fight misinformation in the U.S.

Poynter: Univision and Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network join forces to fight misinformation in the U.S. . “The Poynter Institute announces that its International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will partner with Univision News to elevate international fact-checks of interest to Spanish language audiences living in the U.S. leading up to the presidential election.”

University of Southern California: With support from Google, USC Annenberg expands effort to protect elections from digital attacks

University of Southern California: With support from Google, USC Annenberg expands effort to protect elections from digital attacks. “USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP), together with partners from across USC, is launching an innovative training program that empowers election and campaign officials nationwide to reinforce their defenses against digital attacks that may affect the integrity and outcome of elections. With generous support from Google, the bipartisan initiative will provide in-state training sessions in all 50 states. Election 2020 is just 12 months away, and experts anticipate that the United States will be the target of foreign and domestic cyberattacks that could compromise the country’s infrastructure, local and state governments, and news and information. “