Sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 vote have launched a new website
Spying and Privacy articles on Democracy Chronicles
This Spying and Privacy section concerns how these two issues impact freedom of speech and democracy in general. The modern technology we rely on has complicated the struggle to protect citizens from government overreach, especially following increased concerns of surveillance of domestic communications. Also see our entire section on Election Technology or our articles on Technology Dissidents like Eric Snowden and Julian Assange.
A vendor that provides key services for Maryland elections has been acquired by company linked Russian oligarch
Trump tried to blame the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in 2016
While America is far away from adapting blockchain for government, the first adaptation may come in the form of securing an election. The process of voting by phone may be the first step.
New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said
Legislation bans covert foreign interference in domestic politics and makes industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime
China invested an estimated $10 billion per year projecting its influence into the politics of overseas democracies
Leader of Microsoft’s Cybersecurity and Democracy Team talked about the need for a Digital Geneva Convention
The spread of false information has historical roots in sensationalist journalism, espionage, propaganda, and partisan debates
The extent of the influence upon the election has yet to be fully uncovered but it is widely believed that the Russians tried to influence both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. The Russians are accused of spreading disinformation via social media.