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New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency - The Washington Post
Demographic groups that preferred Trump were three times as likely to be a bigger part of the voter pool than nonvoters. Among groups that preferred Clinton, they were about 50 percent more likely to be a bigger part of the nonvoting community.
2016USElections  Trump  hillary_clinton  African_Americans  latinos 
august 2018 by elizrael
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization. The institutional antibodies that humanity has developed to protect against censorship and propaganda thus far—laws, journalistic codes of ethics, independent watchdogs, mass education—all evolved for a world in which choking a few gatekeepers and threatening a few individuals was an effective means to block speech. They are no longer sufficient.
society  social_media  Propaganda  2016USElections  advertising  censorship  surveillance 
january 2018 by elizrael
Why 41 percent of white millennials voted for Trump - The Washington Post
Examining our data from the GenForward Survey, we find a hybrid explanation. First, white millennial Trump voters were likely to believe in something we call “white vulnerability” —  the perception that whites, through no fault of their own, are losing ground to other groups. Second, racial resentment was the primary driver of white vulnerability — even when accounting for income, education level or employment.
polls  racism  Trump  2016USElections 
december 2017 by elizrael
Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference - Washington Post, June 23, 2017
Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year. In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.
Obama  obama_administration  Russia  hacking  2016USElections  sanctions  decision_making  NSC  Susan_Rice  CIA  intelligence_assessment  TrumpAdministration 
august 2017 by elizrael
Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election - The Intercept, June 5,2017
Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.
Russia  2016USElections  Trump  hacking  NSA  leak  SIGINT 
june 2017 by elizrael
‘Shattered’ Charts Hillary Clinton’s Course Into the Iceberg - NYTimes.com
It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.
hillary_clinton  2016USElections 
april 2017 by elizrael
This election was supposed to up-end how Hispanics voted. Instead, it’s dividing white voters. - The Washington Post
College-educated voters are skeptical about Trump's candidacy for the reasons we expected nonwhites to be hostile to him: His views on immigration and racial politics. This is apparently why the new Trump team that stepped in to run the show in mid-August put a focus on targeting nonwhite voters, hoping that the outreach would convince white voters that he wasn't biased.
polls  2016USElections  Trump  racism 
october 2016 by elizrael

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