25 Oct 2018

European elections ‘face growing threat of manipulation’

“EU governments cannot treat the next year’s European parliamentary elections as ‘business as usual’ given the growing risk of foreign and corporate manipulation, according to the European commission. The scandal over the misuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and the growing evidence of illegal interference in elections were described

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook shuts accounts of marketing group in Brazil election

Facebook has announced the shutdown of 68 pages and 43 accounts run by a Brazilian marketing group contracted by right-wing candidate and frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro for violating its misrepresentation and spam policies. Facebook underscored that the decision was driven by “the behavior of these actors…rather than on the type of

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

Two-thirds of Brazil’s voters use WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that is often the primary means of communication. And, in the run-up to the extremely polarizing October 28 election between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad, it has become a tool for legitimate campaign information, as well

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16 Oct 2018

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

“Various data on up to 35 million U.S. voters as many as 19 states is for sale online, according to a new report from a pair of cyber security research firms. But the Department of Homeland Security says that’s nothing new: much of the data is either public or available

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07 Sep 2018

Brazil presidential election plunged into chaos after front-runner stabbed

The front-runner and far-right candidate in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed and placed in intensive care only a month before the country’s votes. While he expected to recover fully in two months after one week in the hospital, the stabbing has escalated uncertainty and tension in

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03 Aug 2018

Zimbabwe election: Opposition rejects ‘fake’ poll results

The opposition leader in Zimbabwe has dismissed as “fake” Thursday’s results of the July 30th elections. Emerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner with 50.8% of the vote over the 44.3% by the contester. Protests this week have left a number of people dead in the first election in Zimbabwe

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03 Aug 2018

West Virginia tests blockchain voting system for overseas voters

West Virginia is testing a blockchain-based voting system for overseas residents, a move driven to a large extent by difficulties and failures in existing absentee ballots and systems.   Source: Blockchain at the Ballot Box? Maybe Someday – WSJ

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01 Aug 2018

Facebook finds new ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook announced the discovery of “sophisticated” efforts to influence U.S. politics and elections on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The company deleted 32 of the connected accounts, which boasted around 300,000 followers. While Facebook did not specify whether or not Russia was behind the efforts, one top Democrat on

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30 Jul 2018

Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, opposition cries foul

The main political opposition has made accusations of voter suppression by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission, bringing into question the prospects for the election to receive sufficient credibility in order for the country to access important funding and remove the heavy sanctions currently in place against it. This is the first

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30 Jul 2018

Violence disrupted vote in a fifth of Malian polling stations

“Armed attacks or other violence” disrupted voting at 4,632 of the 23,000 polling stations on Sunday’s election in Mali, while 644 polling stations were completely unable to operate. The country continues to reel from insecurity driven by jihadist violence, and elections continue to be prime targets for destabilizing actors in

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