Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

Route Fifty: FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday it will begin informing state election officials when local election systems are hacked, a policy change intended to improve cybersecurity coordination and address concerns state leaders have raised about transparency.”

Rolling Stone: Hackers Are Coming for the 2020 Election — And We’re Not Ready

Rolling Stone: Hackers Are Coming for the 2020 Election — And We’re Not Ready. “Four years ago, for an embarrassingly modest price, Russia pulled off one of the more audacious acts of election interference in modern history. The Internet Research Agency, the team of Kremlin-backed online propagandists, spent $15 million to $20 million and wreaked havoc on the psyche of the American voter, creating the impression that behind every Twitter avatar or Facebook profile was a Russian troll. Russian intelligence agents carried out the digital version of Watergate, infiltrating the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign, stealing tens of thousands of emails, and weaponizing them in the days and weeks before the election.”

NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App

NPR: Despite Election Security Fears, Iowa Caucuses Will Use New Smartphone App. “Iowa’s Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state’s caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed. Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years’ worth of warnings about Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role.”

Phys .org: Report builds framework for ‘digital political ethics’ in 2020

Phys .org: Report builds framework for ‘digital political ethics’ in 2020. “With the 2020 elections looming and amid continuing concerns over social media’s role in U.S. politics, four top universities have published a comprehensive new report recommending how candidates, tech platforms and regulators can ensure that digital political campaigns promote and protect fair elections.”

The Guardian: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

The Guardian: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ . “An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed it had misappropriated 87 million Facebook profiles. More than 100,000 documents relating to work in 68 countries that will lay bare the global infrastructure of an operation used to manipulate voters on ‘an industrial scale’ are set to be released over the next months.”

News@Northeastern: Facebook has already decided how you’re going to vote

News@Northeastern: Facebook has already decided how you’re going to vote . “Facebook is wielding significant power over political discourse in the United States, thanks to an ad delivery system that reinforces political polarization among users, according to new research from a team of computer scientists.”

Mashable: Twitter’s Election Labels return to help you make sense of 2020 elections

Mashable: Twitter’s Election Labels return to help you make sense of 2020 elections . “With 2020 around the corner, it’s about that time to actually start paying attention to who’s running for what. That’s why Twitter is bringing back its Elections Labels feature, which provides you with information on political candidates.”