BetaNews: Australian political parties hit by hack orchestrated by ‘sophisticated state actor’

BetaNews: Australian political parties hit by hack orchestrated by ‘sophisticated state actor’. “Australia’s three main political parties — Liberals, Labor and Nationals — as well as the country’s parliament have all been hit by a security breach which Prime Minister Scott Morrison says was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”.”

BloombergQuint: Lawmaker Questions Google and Facebook About Anti-Vaccine Information

BloombergQuint: Lawmaker Questions Google and Facebook About Anti-Vaccine Information. “Democratic Representative Adam Schiff sent a letter to Google LLC Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai and Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg, expressing concern that their platforms are carrying information discouraging parents from vaccinating their children.”

The New Times: Social media trolls, influencers set for a fight in Nigeria’s elections

The New Times: Social media trolls, influencers set for a fight in Nigeria’s elections. “As Nigeria’s Feb 16 presidential election approaches, tensions are ramping up across the country and like elsewhere around the world social media has become one of the most fraught battlegrounds. Online, candidates and their respective political parties are engaging individuals, usually young men and some women, who have been creating fake accounts daily to direct conversations, promote agenda, expose the shortcomings of opponents, and test the ground for Election Day when unofficial results will be emerging on social media.”

Virginia Memory: Library Makes New Batch Of Emails From Governor Timothy M. Kaine Administration Available Online

Virginia Memory: Library Makes New Batch Of Emails From Governor Timothy M. Kaine Administration Available Online. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the release of 100,343 emails from the administration of Governor Timothy M. Kaine (2006-2010). This latest batch comprises emails from individuals in the offices of Kaine’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Transportation, and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Included are the email boxes of Connie Biggs, Robert Bloxom, Richard ‘Ric’ Brown, Craig Burns, Heidi Dix, Nicholas Donohue, Manju Ganeriwala, Alleyn Harned, Gail Jaspen, Aryana Khalid, Barbara Reese, Marilyn Tavenner, Michael Tutor, and Jody Wagner. Since January 2014, the Library has made 283,901 emails from the Kaine administration freely available online to the public.”

Forbes: How Instagram Democracy Is Leaving Accessibility And Inclusiveness Behind

Forbes: How Instagram Democracy Is Leaving Accessibility And Inclusiveness Behind. “Governments and their elected officials have long sought to reach past intermediators like the news media to communicate directly with their constituents. From the party paper to Roosevelt’s fireside chats to today’s social media, politicians in the United States have evolved to make use of the latest technology of the day to speak directly to the nation’s citizenry on their own terms. As the first generation of political leaders made use of social media, their messages were largely textual in form, ensuring they were as accessible to those of all physical abilities as traditional government communications. However, as a new generation of lawmakers are ushering in the ‘Instagram era’ of diplomacy, democracy and statecraft, we are creating a government that is less and less inclusive.”

Now Available Online: the George J. Mitchell Congressional Records Index (Bowdoin College)

Bowdoin College: Now Available Online: the George J. Mitchell Congressional Records Index. “The George J. Mitchell Congressional Records Index, a powerful new tool for searching and understanding the legislative work of Senator Mitchell, is now available online. The Index compiles, tags, and analyzes Senator Mitchell’s remarks and activities on the Senate floor during the period of 1980 to 1987, and is actively being expanded to document his entire legislative record.”

TechCrunch: Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices

TechCrunch: Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices. “While the scope of Politiscope may be expanding, the brothers make clear that the company’s mission is still the same. To provide unbiased information sourced from places like the Congressional Budget Office, the Library of Congress, and the Pew Research Center.”