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The Look Inside America’s Voting Technology

The 2020 United States presidential election is here, and many readers are probably already exhausted by it. The coronavirus pandemic has added several wrinkles to an already tumultuous election year, marked by partisan disagreement on a variety of topics. Among the popular talking points: reports of issues with voting technology and allegations…

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Disinformation Campaigns Continue with 2020 Election

The 2020 U.S. presidential election is poised to be messy and filled with uncertainties, which may be made worse by a familiar wrinkle: ongoing foreign disinformation campaigns. Intelligence agencies, Facebook and Twitter have sounded the alarm about new cyber-threats from Russia and other countries. The interference may only be getting started. How…

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A Closer Look at TikTok

TikTok is enjoying a rising profile, with an ever-growing domestic user base now believed to number 100 million people in the US. The company’s success, however, has also raised the eyebrows of American politicians on both sides of the aisle, as part of broader concerns about China’s burgeoning prominence in the global…

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Antitrust Lawsuit vs. Google Hits Some Internal Roadblocks

The US Department of Justice’s potential antitrust lawsuit against Google may be encountering some stumbling blocks. The Wall Street Journal reports that “some Justice Department staffers have expressed internal concerns… [about] what they view as an aggressive timeline favored by Attorney General William Barr.” While no official announcement has been made, some…

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How a Teenager Allegedly Hacked Twitter

Twitter’s high-profile hack on July 15 featured an ‘only-in-Silicon Valley’ level of absurdity. As the internet followed the action live, attackers commandeered the accounts of major public figures on Twitter to facilitate a Bitcoin payment scam. Absurd or not, the damage was real: in the end, CNN reported the account “received more…

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Will Advertiser Pressure Change Facebook’s Speech Policies?

Facebook is no stranger to public pressure. Antitrust debates, election interference, and data impropriety are just some of the criticisms the company has been forced to weather in recent times. More recently, the tech giant has been confronted for its hands-off approach to content regulation, arguing in most instances that they were…

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Big Tech, China, and Hong Kong

The biggest technology companies have found themselves entangled in the latest chapter of China and Hong Kong’s long, complicated political history. A new security law that the New York Times describes as “rife with ambiguities” gives Beijing increased legal authority over Hong Kong—including the ability to punish pro-democracy protestors. Now, Facebook, Google,…

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The White House vs. Social Media Platforms

To date, social media companies and other online technology platforms have operated virtually unregulated. Many experts claim that this hands-off approach is in part due to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which affirms that “online platforms are not legally responsible for what users post.” With the rise of social…

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