The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe to the newsletter here. Today, three shorter items to carry us into the weekend.
The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe to the newsletter here. Today, three shorter items to carry us into the weekend.
Twitter dropped an almost unfathomably large archive of tweets connected to two alleged influence campaigns on Wednesday.
Deep in the bowels of Facebook's serpentine campus in Menlo Park, California is a room about 25-feet-square that may have a lot to do with how the world thinks about the company in the coming months. It looks like a Wall Street trading floor, with screens on every wall and every desk.
Somewhere in the heart of Facebook HQ, a shadowy team toils behind the closed doors of what would appear to be an average conference room. This is Facebook’s War Room, and it’s the thin line standing between us and chaos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past few months, the 120 million Brazilians who use WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging application that is owned by Facebook, have been deluged with political messages.
Information war, meet the war room. Facebook on Wednesday briefed reporters on its latest efforts to uncover nefarious uses of the platform during election season, offering a tour of the large conference room where dozens of employees are monitoring events around the clock.
Voters in Afghanistan are due to cast their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections, amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. More than 2,500 candidates - including many women - are vying for 250 seats.
Beneath an American flag, 20 people packed tight into a beige conference room are Facebook’s, and so too the Internet’s, first line of defence for democracy. This is Facebook election security war room.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Interest in the midterm election is at a fever pitch in much of the country, with both Democrats and Republicans far more passionate than they’ve been in more than a decade. Could this be the year that Tennessee’s Montgomery County shows up to vote?
Outside contributors' opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Donald Trump has called his election a historic landslide, but it was anything but.
On November 8th, it will be time to decide a new President of the United States. If you’re not registered to vote, now’s the time to make sure you’re ready when it comes time to visit the polls. Here’s all the information you need to get it done.
A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose?
Here’s what we can say for sure: It’s unprecedented for a president to face so much opposition from the electorate so soon. Recent polls show that anywhere between 43 and 56 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s job performance.
This afternoon, CNN reported that President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump had been briefed by the intelligence community on the existence of a cache of memos alleging communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and the possession by the Russian government of highl
“If you’ve got money, you vote in,” she said, with a bracing certainty. “If you haven’t got money, you vote out.” We were in Collyhurst, the hard-pressed neighbourhood on the northern edge of Manchester city centre last Wednesday, and I had yet to find a remain voter.
There were 25 debates during the presidential primaries and general election and not a single question about the attack on voting rights, even though this was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.
It’s not hard to find close elections. In 2015, a Mississippi state house race ended in a tie, after which the winner was decided by drawing straws. A 2013 mayoral race in the Philippines was deadlocked and resolved with a coin toss.
So you want to rig an election. Good. Clearly you’re a smart guy. The smartest. Great intellect, believe me. Anyone who believes in free and fair elections to facilitate the peaceful transfer of power is a sucker. Sad. But you’d better get started. Like, yesterday.
It’s a lot to take in. President Trump. The guy who said all those things over the last 18 months is our president, and the most powerful person in the world, for the next four years. Four years is a long time. At the end of which, there will be another Donald Trump campaign.
SAN FRANCISCO — An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.
THE life story of Alex Orlyuk does not seem destined to lead to political apathy. Born in the Soviet Union to a family scarred by the Holocaust, he moved at the age of six to Tel Aviv, where he finished school and military service. He follows politics and prizes democracy.
We reveal how a confidential legal agreement is at the heart of a web connecting Robert Mercer to Britain’s EU referendum This article is the subject of a legal complaint on behalf of SCLE and Cambridge Analytica.
The “conspiracies” were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything. Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff.
On Friday, I almost assaulted a fan of my work. I was in the Philadelphia International Airport, and a man who recognized me from one of my appearances on a television news show approached.
Some debates seem to transform the fundamentals of a political campaign. The first clash between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump was not one of those events. Rather than shifting the lines of the presidential race, this debate seems likely to deepen them — bolstering Mrs.
All right, I need to vent. For months, I’ve watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary rules (that’s right, the same rules that helped him win the nomination) and the fall debate schedule.
Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday morning, Karl Rove, the veteran Republican strategist, seemed a bit bemused. "We have two Presidencies under way," he said. In one of them, Donald Trump was "looking strong and fulfilling his campaign promises," Rove explained.
All the outreach activity by political campaigns, including door to door canvassing, phone banking, direct mail, and even advertising, has basically no effect on voters’ choice of candidate in general elections, according to a striking new academic study.
The first Americans to line up to vote on Nov. 6, 2018, will be the East Coast’s earliest risers. As early as 5 a.m. EST, rubbing the sleep from their eyes and clutching travel thermoses of coffee, they will start the procession of perhaps 90 million Americans to vote that day.
Jesse Richman used to be one of those researchers who only dreamed his work might someday capture national attention—maybe even inspire some sort of systemic change. On Ratemyprofessor.
The lesson of Trump’s victory is not that data is dead. The lesson is that data is flawed. It has always been flawed—and always will be.
Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who investigated Donald Trump’s alleged Kremlin links, was so worried by what he was discovering that at the end he was working without pay, The Independent has learned.
Mike Rowe isn’t going to tell his fans to vote this fall, but once you see why it will only make you respect the man even more. “Hey Mike, I have nothing but respect for you. Your no-nonsense outlook and incredible eloquence have really had a profound impact in my life.
The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. John Oliver visits an excessively French bistro to deliver an urgent message to voters.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happ
The calls started flooding in from hundreds of irate North Carolina voters just after 7 a.m. on Election Day last November. Dozens were told they were ineligible to vote and were turned away at the polls, even when they displayed current registration cards.
The Electoral College remains in place over two centuries after the framers of the Constitution empowered it to select presidents. Though occasionally maligned, this system of electing a chief executive has been incredibly successful for the American people.
The dust is starting to settle in Washington and around the country after an election that stunned political watchers and pollsters. As vote continues to be counted, Hillary Clinton has now surpassed Al Gore's 2000 popular vote margin.
Donald Trump took some time off from staffing his White House and enjoying Thanksgiving to go on a series of Twitter rampages this weekend.
In 2011, the election board in Pennsylvania’s Venango County — a largely rural county in the northwest part of the state — asked David A. Eckhardt, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, to examine its voting systems.
More than a year after President Donald Trump won the election, there are still some questions about what drove him to victory: Was it genuine anxiety about the state of the economy? Or was it racism and racial resentment?
While young people, poor people and Hispanics are often singled out for low voting rates, there are millions of nonvoters in every demographic group. In fact, the majority of people who didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election were white, middle-income and middle-aged.
Forget Nate Silver. There’s a new king of the presidential election data mountain. His name is Sam Wang, Ph.D. Haven’t heard of him just yet? Don’t worry. You will.
It’s the rare interesting work by a politician—and it offers an important critique of the press. Most books by politicians are bad. They’re bad because they are cautious, or pious, or boring, or some even-worse combination of all three.
You know that at WIRED, technology and innovation are kind of our thing.
Democrats are falling in line. Republicans are falling apart. The most consequential night of voting so far in the presidential campaign crystallized, in jarring and powerful fashion, the remarkably divergent fortunes of the two major parties vying for the White House.
Dear Bernie Sanders supporters: Wake the fuck up. Sorry to be so blunt, but like any reasonable American, I have been disgusted and appalled as America’s answer to V.I. Lenin continues to gain strength in the polls.
Most presidential campaigns spend their time and money appealing to people who vote regularly in elections. Not Donald Trump.
Let me begin with an admission: I don’t know how to write about this. I’ve been trying since Wednesday morning, day after the election, when I awakened with what felt like the worst hangover in the universe—and without the benefit of having gotten drunk.
If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong.
There aren’t many states more important this November than North Carolina, a rapidly changing state crucial to Donald J. Trump’s hopes of winning the White House and to Democrats’ hopes of winning the Senate. If Mr.
Donald Trump’s supporters deserve to have their concerns taken seriously. If the media and commentators in 2016 can agree on nothing else, it’s this. It’s a bit of an odd meme.
Experts in digital campaigning, including an adviser to Labour in 2015, have designed a program to allow voters to shine a light into what they describe as “a dark, unregulated corner of our political campaigns”.
MILLIONS of Indonesians went to the polls on February 15th to elect local leaders, from Aceh in the west to Papua in the east. Voters braved the floods and landslides of the rainy season to cast their ballots in a massive exercise of democracy.
A little-known Canadian data firm ensnared by an international investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the Brexit campaign created an election software platform marketed by Cambridge Analytica, according to a batch of internal files obtained exclusively by Gizmodo.
HOW young is too young? Rich democracies give different answers, depending on the context: in New Jersey you can buy alcohol at 21 and cigarettes at 19, join the army at 17, have sex at 16 and be tried in court as an adult at 14. Such thresholds vary wildly from place to place.
In this week’s politics Slack chat, we talk Donald Trump, sexism and the general election. The transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Greetings, all! With no debate or election this week, let’s consider a longer-term problem: Trump and women.
Yesterday I wrote here: If Trump’s administration indulges in the racism, sexism and religious and other bigotries that Trump and his people have already promised to engage in, we can assume it’s because his voters are just fine with that racism, sexism and religious and other bigotries — ev
IT’S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. As machine learning enables our computers to teach themselves, a wealth of breakthroughs emerge, ranging from medical diagnostics to cars that drive themselves.
On April 5, the day of Wisconsin’s presidential primary, Anita Johnson picked up Dennis Hatten at his new apartment in West Milwaukee and took him to the polls. “We’re going to complete your journey and make sure you vote today,” Johnson told him.
Today is voting day, but just because you've been too busy to research all the different candidates and propositions in your area it doesn't mean you can't still make an educated choice. Here's how to catch yourself on everything you need to know in the time it takes to eat breakfast.
For more than a year, the lowly media consumer was told the 2016 election was one of memes, debate Vines, Bernie bros, the alt-right, and Snapchat. We were told that this was an election in which everyone was given a voice through the power of social media.
The end is nigh for the 2016 presidential election. We have but one hurdle left: the outcome. If, like us, you plan to spend your election night in a dark living room hunched over your laptop, we’d like to make the experience a little easier.
In an era in which yesterday’s inconceivable is making a habit of becoming today’s reality, it is perilous to offer firm predictions about the future, but folk carry on doing it all the same.
Every four years, we elect a president in this country, and we do it in a strange way: via the Electoral College. The reasons for the Electoral College are unclear to most people. On the surface, it appears anti-democratic and needlessly complicated.
This article is based on turnout figures as of 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. For more updated data, see our story from Tuesday, Nov. 15. Early voting surged. Election Day voting plummeted.
What happened in the parliamentary elections last week was the political equivalent of the collapse of a financial bubble. For two years, practically everyone outside the circle of Jeremy Corbyn's own supporters has been insisting the man was “unelectable”.
“Crush the saboteurs” was one of many deranged front-page headlines to grace the general election campaign, as Theresa May sought to engineer a context in which she could cast the Conservatives as the only party committed to Brexit.
MELBOURNE, Australia — When you survey the wreckage of 2016, it’s easy to forget that the most seismic democratic events were brought about by minorities. Only 37 percent of eligible Britons voted to leave the European Union. The case is even clearer in the American election, which Donald J.
Do you panic easily? Do you often feel blue? Do you have a sharp tongue? Do you get chores done right away? Do you believe in the importance of art?
In a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked.
At Thanksgiving, many of us will be subject to — or subjecting our hosts to — a wide range of opinions about the 2016 election. But some aspects of it are rooted in fact — not open to interpretation (Sorry, Uncle Bill).
This is my fifth presidential campaign as a New York Times columnist, so I’ve watched a lot of election coverage, and I came into this cycle prepared for the worst. Or so I thought. But I was wrong. So far, election commentary has been even worse than I imagined it would be.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, many observers wondered exactly what motivated voters most: Was it income? Authoritarianism? Racial attitudes? Let the analyses begin.
Hillary Clinton and Mr. Trump used the final Saturday before Election Day to make their closing pitches to voters, with Mrs. Clinton in South Florida and Philadelphia and Mr.
The autopsies of Hillary Clinton’s loss in last week’s election keep pouring in, and the cause of death is nearly unanimous: The white, rural, working class voter did it. Townhall’s Matt Vespa called it “the revenge of the white working class,” Politico the “Revenge of the rural voter.
A surge in youth turnout has often been cited as the reason for Labour's unexpectedly strong performance in the 2017 election. The trouble is, it seems there was no such "youthquake", write members of the British Election Study team.
The last election wasn't the first time people living in the country and city had different ideas about how to steer this monster truck we call America. The liberal-city / conservative-country divide has been around since the framing of the constitution when farmers were the elites.
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49.
The statement came as liberal opponents of Donald J. Trump, some citing fears of vote hacking, are seeking recounts in three states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — where his margin of victory was extremely thin.
There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process. In April we published a white paper that outlined our understanding of organized attempts to misuse our platform.
The strength and integrity of the American electoral process are under tremendous strain, but the worst may be yet to come. In just the past few weeks, we learned that in the midst of the 2016 campaign the president’s eldest son, Donald J. Trump Jr.
Thousands of demonstrators filled public squares, parks and streets in the country’s three largest cities on Saturday to protest President-elect Donald J. Trump, part of a wave of dissent that has swelled since the presidential contest last week.