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5 things you can do to counter misinformation - Internet Citizen
Keep Facebook off your trail.

Facebook lets political advertisers target you with content — information and misinformation — by tracking your activity on and off their platform.

Firefox’s new U.S. Election bundle makes it easier to explore the Web without Facebook watching, and also enables you to participate in ProPublica’s effort to flag misinformation. It’s a win-win for you and the Web.

Download the Firefox Election Bundle
mozilla  politics  election  targeting  propaganda  privacy 
2 days ago by liberatr
Baristas to Beto: Come On Man, Get Off Our Counters
When Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke arrived for a campaign stop at Beancounter Coffeehouse in Burlington, Iowa, he hopped right up on the shop’s counter and addressed the masses below. During a visit to Narrow Way Cafe in Detroit, Michigan, O’Rourke grabbed a microphone and scrambled up on counter. At Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, Iowa? You bet he got up on that counter.

Critics have accused O’Rourke of running on a vague political platform. But there’s one platform the Democratic hopeful openly stands on: the sturdy countertops of Midwest cafes. After a week of stump speeches from a perch next to the cash register, Beto’s countertop habit has become a meme. And some of the nation’s baristas are asking him to please get down from there.

Josh Wilson is the owner of Cohesive Coffee in Greenville, South Carolina. He said he could envision himself voting for O’Rourke, but still wouldn’t want him standing on his counter.

“As a cafe owner, the way the picture shows doesn’t make sense,” Wilson said of a picture of O’Rourke squatting on a counter to listen to a woman standing on the ground. “I would understand standing on the counter because the crowd was so big, although organizing it would be better. But he’s kneeled down. It seems like a photo opp that wasn’t necessary. His feet are right by the cups.”

“I’m sure he had a reason,” Wilson continued. “But it seems like just standing would work. Beto seems to be trying harder and harder to find ways to show he’s an ‘Everyman.”
politics  democrats  election  Iowa  BetoORourke  from instapaper
2 days ago by jtyost2
Yes, It Was That Bad : Democracy Journal
"Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics By Yochai Benkler, Robert Faros, and Hal Roberts • Oxford University Press • 2018 • 472 pages • $27.95 Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President By Kathleen Hall Jamieson • Oxford University Press • 2018 • 314 pages • $24.95"
books  review  election  2016  media-studies  social-media  propaganda  politics  communication 
2 days ago by tsuomela
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College
Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has based her presidential bid on trying to outpace rivals with robust policy proposals, added more ideas to her liberal agenda on Monday night: getting rid of the Electoral College, removing Confederate statues, and creating a national commission to study reparations for black Americans.

Ms. Warren’s remarks came during an hourlong CNN town hall at Jackson State University, a historically black college in the capital of the deeply Republican state. While reiterating her familiar positions on regulating corporations and upending Washington lobbying, Ms. Warren also sought to present new ideas to a national audience that is still getting to know her.

“I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” Ms. Warren said in response to a question about voter disenfranchisement. “We need to put some federal muscle behind that, and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there.”

She then noted that most presidential candidates never campaign in Mississippi or her home state of Massachusetts during a general election because those are not battleground states in the Electoral College. Many Democrats have become sharp critics of the Electoral College after Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 won the national popular vote but lost the Electoral College vote, and therefore the presidency.

“Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Ms. Warren said, drawing one of her longest ovations of the night.

Ms. Warren also used the forum to present herself as a candidate who understands racial inequities. Speaking to a racially diverse audience, she called for Confederate commemoration statues and monuments to come down and be moved to museums.

Ms. Warren was also asked if Mississippi should adopt a new state flag that no longer has the Confederate battle flag emblem.

“Yes,” she said.

She also said she supported a commission to study reparations, though she sidestepped responding directly to a question about whether she supported financial payments from the government to descendants of slaves
ElizabethWarren  politics  democrats  usa  election  ElectoralCollege  voting  civilrights  humanrights  slavery  racism  government  reparations 
2 days ago by jtyost2
Naked Security by Sophos - Posts
Holy shit. The government actually wants fair elections?

"The US Government is working on an electronic voting system that it hopes will prevent people from tinkering with voting machines at the polls.

The first system, which the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to bring to DefCon Voting Village this summer, will use a touch screen for voters to choose their candidates. It will then print out a paper ballot for a voter to check before depositing it into an optical scanning machine that counts the vote. That machine prints a paper receipt with a cryptographic code unique to that voter and their choices.

After all the votes have been counted, the codes will be listed on a website so that each voter can check that their votes were logged correctly.

Read the full article here https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/03/18/us-government-works-to-secure-electronic-voting/
election  election-voting  government  counterintuitive 
3 days ago by daguti
US election 2020: Beto O'Rourke breaks fundraising record - BBC News
In his first day of campaigning as a presidential candidate, Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1m (£4.6m), the largest of any 2020 candidate so far.

The rising star's online fundraising haul managed to beat out Senator Bernie Sanders' record of $5.9m last month in the first 24 hours of his campaign.

Like other Democrats, Mr O'Rourke has refused to take any money from special interest lobby groups or corporations.

The 46-year-old is one of 15 Democrats now in a bid for the White House.

According to his campaign, he received donations from every state and territory, totalling $6,136,763. The campaign did not release how many donors contribute
BetoORourke  politics  democrats  election 
3 days ago by jtyost2
Ukraine ready to take on Russian election hackers
"It's like a husband who can't get used to the fact that his wife has decided that she doesn't want to live with him any more -- OK so I'll just beat you," he told AFP. "That's Vladimir Putin".
putin  ukraine  russia  election  hacking 
3 days ago by noodlepie

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