04 Aug 2020

Google Bans Ads Linking to Hacked Political Content

Google has decided to block ads that contain hacked political content in an effort to prevent their platforms from being used for interference in the 2020 US Presidential election. Google’s move appears to be a preventative measure due to the occurrences of the last election in which damaging material was

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31 Jul 2020

Hong Kong postpones elections for a year ‘over virus concerns’

In a controversial new move, the Hong Kong government has postponed parliamentary elections that were set to take place in September, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for delay. The region is currently experiencing a spike in infections, with 121 new reported cases on Friday. However, the opposition has

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13 Jul 2020

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

Hostility over China’s new security law for Hong Kong has resulted in ties between the UK and China being frozen. Britain decided to offer refuge to millions of inhabitants of the former UK colony, however, the policy faced criticism from China. Chinese officials have threatened consequences if Britain decides to

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14 May 2020

Israel swears in new government after 3 deadlocked elections

Israel is swearing in a new government later today after a year and a half of political paralysis and three deadlocked elections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a historic fifth term in office due to a power-sharing deal with his biggest rival and leader of the Blue and White

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03 Mar 2020

Exit polls: Netanyahu short of majority in Israel vote

Exit polls on Israeli TV stations have shown that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has captured 59 seats in Monday’s vote, which is two short of the majority that constitutes a victory. The Likud party emerged as the largest party in the country’s third election in under a year,

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20 Dec 2019

Planners of Maguindanao massacre found guilty of murder in Philippines ‘trial of the decade’

The men who planned and conducted a massacre in the town of Ampatuan in the Philippines that damaged its political establishment have been found guilty of murder. On November 23, 2009, 58 people were massacred, and among them was the wife and sister of Philippino political candidate Ismael Mangudadatu and

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17 Dec 2019

In Indonesia, Fake News is Ubiquitous. So He Created A Software To Track Down Their Origins

Fake news has had drastic effects on Indonesian civilians, causing crises and panic over the past decade. Ismail Fahmi, founder of the social media analysis system based on big data, was instrumental in the 2014 crackdown on fake news following the presidential elections. When an issue dominates social media, such

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19 Nov 2019

US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Israeli settlements no longer violate international law. Israeli settlements were established by Israel in 1967 during the Middle East war, on land occupied by Israeli forces. The land has been a source of controversy both internationally and between Israel and Palestinians. Palestinian

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18 Jul 2019

Cyber Threats to Parks and Rec: There are things we should all be doing to minimize risks to government of ransomware

So much attention has been paid to “election hacking” and the like in recent years, analysts and commentators have effectively forgotten an equally if not more pressing threat to American government at all levels: ransomware. We cannot fix the reading comprehension problems and poor critical thinking skills of more than half the nation’s population, but we can make serious progress against those who would make us digital hostages.

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