Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race Supported by ByScott Shane Dec. 26, 2018 Reid Hoffman, the tech billionaire whose money was spent on Russian-style social media deception in a Senate race last year, apologized on Wednesday, saying in a statement that he had not approved the operation and did not support such tactics in American politics. Mr. Hoffman said he had no idea that political operatives whose work he had financed had used fakery on Facebook and Twitter in the special Senate election a year ago in Alabama. But he had an obligation to track how his money was spent, he said, and he promised to exercise more care in the future. “I categorically disavow the use of misinformation to sway an election,” said Mr. Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and a prominent … [Read more...] about LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race Supported by ByScott Shane Dec. 22, 2018 In an unusual move against Russian-style election deception inside the United States, Facebook said on Saturday it had removed five accounts of Americans who used its platform improperly in the hard-fought Alabama Senate election last year. Among those whose accounts were removed was a prominent social media researcher who worked on the Alabama operation, Jonathon Morgan, according to a person briefed on the company’s action. Facebook did not name those whose accounts were closed, and it was not immediately possible to identify the others. The company acted in response to reports in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other news outlets in recent days that a small group … [Read more...] about Facebook Closes 5 Accounts Tied to Russia-Like Tactics in Alabama Senate Race
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2018 midterm elections earlier this month was a big deal from almost any point of view. Missouri was a pivotal swing state in the battle for the Senate, and Hawley's victory helped Republicans expand their slim Senate majority. But Hawley's victory is an ominous sign for one company in particular: Google. Hawley campaigned as an antagonist to big technology companies in general and Google in particular. Further ReadingWhy Google should be afraid of a Missouri Republican’s Google probe "We need to have a conversation in Missouri, and as a country, about the concentration of economic power," Hawley told Bloomberg back in March. Last year, as Missouri's attorney general, Hawley launched a wide-ranging investigation into Google's business practices. "There is strong reason to believe that Google has not been acting with the best interest of Missourians in mind," Hawley said in a November 2017 … [Read more...] about Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic
The Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Native American voters. On Tuesday, the court upheld a lower court’s ruling that will allow North Dakota to enforce voter ID laws, ruling against the Native American groups who argued that the requirement will suppress votes of tribal residents whose government-issued identification cards don’t fit the ID law’s criteria. Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion, with Elena Kagan joining her (recent appointment Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in the ruling). As Mother Jones notes, the ruling will likely make it harder for the state’s sole elected Democrat, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, to retain her seat—in 2012, she won by a margin of less than 3,000 votes with a strong showing from Native Americans. Her Republican opponent, Kevin Cramer, is a dude who thinks that #MeToo is a “movement toward victimization.” North Dakota’s seat is one of the few key seats Democrats need in order to … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Ruling Suppresses Native American Votes Ahead of Crucial Midterm Election
TECH 12/30/2017 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 30, 2017 Remembering Equifax, Uber and all the other data breaches of the last year. By Ryan Grenoble 240 Once more unto the (data) breach, dear friends. 2017 was notable for some massive data breaches, unintended exposures of sensitive information on the internet and other unfortunate tech incidents. Some were intentional (looking at you, North Korea), and some were not (hello Equifax, nice of you to join us). 2018 probably won’t be any better. Despite the promise of advancements in fields like AI and machine learning, and despite the hope that we would learn from our mistakes and adhere to better practices in the future, it isn’t clear yet those technologies ― or our own marginally improved habits ― will adequately defend us against increasingly more sophisticated attacks. That conclusion comes from the cybersecurity company UpGuard, which detailed our current information security … [Read more...] about 2017 Was The Year Of Hacks. 2018 Probably Won’t Be Better.