When scientific journals take sides during an election, the public's trust in science takes a hit

When the scientific establishment gets involved in partisan politics, surveys suggest, there are unintended consequences – especially for conservatives.

Stylianos Syropoulos, PhD Student in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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5 types of misinformation to watch out for while ballots are being counted – and after

Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.

Renee DiResta, Research Manager of the Stanford Internet Observatory, Stanford University • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~11 min

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How tech firms have tried to stop disinformation and voter intimidation – and come up short

The major social media firms have taken a largely piecemeal and fractured approach to managing the problem.

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Executive Director, Ostrom Workshop; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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How to be a good digital citizen during the election – and its aftermath

That "friend of a friend" post you're thinking about sharing on social media could make you an unwitting accomplice in a disinformation campaign.

Kolina Koltai, Postdoctoral Researcher of Information Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Ransomware can interfere with elections and fuel disinformation – basic cybersecurity precautions are key to minimizing the damage

A ransomware attack on election-related government computers in a Georgia county raises the specter of more disruptions for Election Day voting and vote tabulation.

Richard Forno, Senior Lecturer, Cybersecurity & internet researcher, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~11 min

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Estonia is a 'digital republic' – what that means and why it may be everyone's future

Estonia has digitised 99% of its public services.

Ali Shahaab, PhD Candidate, Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain Technology, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Russian agents reportedly placed malware in U.S. voter registration systems in 2016 and are actively interfering in the 2020 election. Here's the state of election cybersecurity.

Douglas W. Jones, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Iowa • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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