Deep-fakes have changed the global information landscape, requiring more caution in how we treat information. They also inflict damage on democracy.
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Internet and Democracy is our section encompasses all the different ways the internet has changed or will change the election process. Many different reforms of voting have become necessary to discuss including electronic means of casting a vote, counting votes or courting votes. Be sure to also check out our Election Technology section and our articles on Technology Dissidents or Voting Machines.
Russia interfered in the 2016 elections and there have been concerns it might do so again. Election officials are preparing for new Russian interference battle.
A major issue has been the role of the internet in democracy. A new perspective examines “internet platforms’ rights and responsibilities to protect democracy”.
In the run-up to the November 2020 polls Google has been the target of ads that spread disinformation. It is now taking action, pulling down such ads.
There is now more to internet shutdown as governments around the world grow more savvy in stifling info flow. They now ask ISPs to slow down connectivity.
Americans in China, South Korea won’t be able to vote in person for the Democratic primary next month and would instead vote online courtesy of Coronavirus.
The vulnerabilities around the Voatz app used for voting made rounds early this month. Despte its withdrawal, other apps are still being used for voting.
Election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked.
While voting machines themselves are not designed to be online, the larger voting systems in many states end up there, putting the voting process at risk.
Headed into 2020, with a presidential election on the horizon, cyber concerns are certain to be in the spotlight in Washington.