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Category Archives: Censorship

Report – Regulating Social Media

The Fight Over Section 230 and Beyond by Paul M. Barrett is the deputy director of the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. “Recently, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 has come under sharp attack from members of both political parties, including presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe… Continue Reading

Election Integrity and Technology: Vulnerabilities and Solutions

Election Integrity and Technology: Vulnerabilities and Solutions, Matt Blaze, 4 Geo. L. Tech. Rev. 505 (2020) “…In this Paper, I will give an overview of the technical security risks facing elections in the United States today, with an emphasis on vulnerabilities inherent in electronic voting machines as well as the exposure of our election infrastructure… Continue Reading

The Trump Campaign Accepted Russian Help to Win in 2016. Case Closed.

“Cooperation” or “collusion” or whatever. It was a plot against American democracy By The Editorial Board of The New York Times: “…There’s no way to sugarcoat it. In less than three months, the American people could re-elect a man who received a foreign government’s help to win one election and has shown neither remorse nor… Continue Reading

Most Americans Think Social Media Sites Censor Political Viewpoints

“Americans have complicated feelings about their relationship with big technology companies. While they have appreciated the impact of technology over recent decades and rely on these companies’ products to communicate, shop and get news, many have also grown critical of the industry and have expressed concerns about the executives who run them. This has become… Continue Reading

Oversight Cmte Calls Postmaster General to Testify at “Urgent” Hearing on Sweeping Operational and Organizational Changes

“Today [August 16, 2020], Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, invited Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to testify at an urgent hearing on Monday, August 24, 2020, on his sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service, which experts warn could degrade delivery standards, slow the mail, and… Continue Reading

Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting

Pew Research Center Report – Biden maintains lead despite Trump’s advantage in strong support: “As Democrats and Republicans prepare for their party conventions, a new national survey finds high voter engagement with the presidential campaign – and a record share saying it “really matters” who wins in November when it comes to making progress on… Continue Reading

How Trump Is Trying to Ensure an Early Election Night Lead

New York Magazine Intelligencer, Ed Kilgore: “For months now, I and other observers have suggested that the president’s demonization of voting by mail wasn’t just aimed at securing restrictions in the practice by the states. He also wants his own supporters to vote in person. Why? Well, because if they comply, he is likely to… Continue Reading

Alarms Sound After Postal Worker Reports Removal of Sorting Machines

Common Dreams – The removal of key equipment from Post Offices should be viewed as nothing less than “sabotage,” said one observer. “The head of the Iowa Postal Workers Union alleged Tuesday that mail sorting machines are “being removed” from Post Offices in her state due to new policies imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy,… Continue Reading

Trump’s radical lawsuit against Nevada’s vote-by-mail law, explained

Vox: “On Monday [August 3, 200), Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed legislation intended to ensure that voters in his state can still cast a ballot during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other things, the new law (known as AB4) provides that registered Nevada voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail, a common practice… Continue Reading

Why Congress should look at Twitter and Facebook

MIT Technology Review: “If America’s politicians really care about the damage online platforms can do, they should look at online conspiracy theories—and how they’re made worse by the design of social media sites…Platforms have too much power to sway public opinion and influence behavior—and that directly affects our capacity to engage in deliberative debate and… Continue Reading

Washington Post tracking coronavirus’s spread across the U.S.

“There’s a lot that we know or are learning about the coronavirus, but two seemingly basic questions are still difficult to answer: How many people have been infected with the virus and how many have been killed by it? That’s where Jacqueline Dupree comes in. Dupree, a technologist on The Post’s News Logistics team, has… Continue Reading

China Is the First Surveillance Superpower

The Atlantic – Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe. “…Xi’s pronouncements on AI have a sinister edge. Artificial intelligence has applications in nearly every human domain, from the instant translation of spoken language to early viral-outbreak detection. But Xi also… Continue Reading