Lethbridge News Now: Elections Canada scraps social media ‘influencers’ to encourage youth vote

Lethbridge News Now: Elections Canada scraps social media ‘influencers’ to encourage youth vote. “Elections Canada is scrapping plans to use social media ‘influencers’ to persuade young Canadians to register to vote in this fall’s federal election. Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault says a final vetting of 13 people chosen for the campaign turned up some past activities that could be seen as partisan.”

The National: Aberdeen’s suffragette past revealed by new website

The National: Aberdeen’s suffragette past revealed by new website. “GOLF course flag switches, school fire-raising, cinema protest – the hidden history of suffragettes in the north-east of Scotland is revealed in an interactive online project. The digital database of the suffrage movement in Aberdeen and the surrounding area is now live thanks to Professor Sarah Pederson of Robert Gordon University and her team.”

Stanford University: Ahead of the 2020 election, Stanford experts urge a concerted, national response to confront foreign interference

Stanford University: Ahead of the 2020 election, Stanford experts urge a concerted, national response to confront foreign interference. “Scholars from Stanford University put forward a comprehensive strategy for what needs to be done to protect the integrity and independence of U.S. elections, with a keen focus on the upcoming presidential campaign in 2020.”

Quartz: WhatsApp is driving Indian women to vote like never before

Quartz: WhatsApp is driving Indian women to vote like never before. “Many women are still missing from the voter rolls — many millions, according to some estimates. This is largely due to lingering disenfranchisement and deliberate voter suppression. It’s possible that a targeted voting advocacy campaign by the Indian Election Commission, better access to education, and general emancipation have helped empower more women to vote. But really it’s the rise of social media and, in particular, WhatsApp.”

Votul Meu: A new tool lunched in Romania (European Interest)

European Interest: Votul Meu: A new tool lunched in Romania. “The Center for the Study of Democracy in Romania has launched the independent vote matching tool, Votul Meu, ahead of the European elections. The interactive tool aims to match political preferences between parties and potential voters for the European elections, based on political parties’ campaign messages.”

NPR: Ahead Of 2020, Microsoft Unveils Tool To Allow Voters To Track Their Ballots

NPR: Ahead Of 2020, Microsoft Unveils Tool To Allow Voters To Track Their Ballots. “In an effort to improve confidence in elections, Microsoft announced Monday that it is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted. It will also allow election officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results.”

A smarter comparison: ANU launches new smartvote tool (Australian National University)

Australian National University: A smarter comparison: ANU launches new smartvote tool. “In partnership with Nine publishing, The Australian National University has today launched smartvote Australia-an innovative online tool that lets Australian voters compare their views with candidates and parties during the Federal election.”