CNET: Google, Jigsaw seek to stop election hacks

CNET: Google, Jigsaw seek to stop election hacks. “Elections worldwide need stronger cybersecurity, and Google says it has a solution. Jigsaw, a tech incubator owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is working with Google to try to protect elections. Together, they are offering a free tool designed to prevent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and a free extension created to stop phishing attacks.”

Washington Post: Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out.

Washington Post: Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out.. “A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias.”

University of Rochester: Twitter researchers offer clues for why Trump won

University of Rochester: Twitter researchers offer clues for why Trump won. “Jiebo Luo and Yu Wang did not set out to predict who would win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, their exhaustive, 14-month study of each candidate’s Twitter followers–enabled by machine learning and other data science tools–offers tantalizing clues as to why the race turned out the way it did.”

CrossCheck: Partnering with First Draft and newsrooms in the leadup to French elections (Google Blog)

From the Google Blog: CrossCheck: Partnering with First Draft and newsrooms in the leadup to French elections. “At today’s News Impact Summit in Paris, in partnership with First Draft, the Google News Lab is proud to support the launch of CrossCheck, a coalition news verification project. With a goal of helping the French electorate make sense of what and who to trust in their social media feeds, web searches and general online news consumption in the coming months, we’re working with 17 newsrooms and counting, and technology partners including Facebook’s CrowdTangle and others .”

Reuters: Social media battle lines drawn ahead of Turkish vote

Reuters: Social media battle lines drawn ahead of Turkish vote. “Campaigning has not officially started, but a string of video ‘selfies’ by the likes of sports stars, actors and cabinet ministers has already launched a divisive debate on plans that would hand Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers.”

World Policy Blog – Gambia: Social Media Overwhelms a 20-Year Dictator

World Policy Blog: Gambia: Social Media Overwhelms a 20-Year Dictator. “Lamin Yarboe, a young man in his late 20s, celebrated the end of a blockade to social media applications in The Gambia on Saturday morning, calling it ‘freedom in its entirety.’ Some 48 hours earlier, as his country went through presidential elections, Yarboe couldn’t even visit Facebook or use WhatsApp. The small West African country went to the polls on Dec. 1 to elect a president. Twelve hours before the polls opened, online traffic began grinding to a halt due to a “presidential directive.” The entire internet gateway was shut down. Telephone calls into and out of the country were impossible, raising questions about the transparency of the electoral process taking place in Banjul. Despite these attempts by the incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, opposition candidate Adama Barrow won the election, marking the first change in leadership since 1994.”