Facebook has agreed to turn over to congressional investigators roughly 3,000 ads purchased by Russian-linked groups during the 2016 presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday (21 September).The decision comes after weeks of intense scrutiny for the social media giant after it revealed about $100,000 (£74,470) worth of Facebook's politically divisive ads were sold to authentic accounts and pages likely linked to Russia last year.In a Facebook Live video, Zuckerberg said the company would cooperate with federal investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and outlined the company's next steps towards "protecting election integrity"."I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity," Zuckerberg said."Facebook's mission is all about giving people a voice and bringing people closer together.The executive also outlined other measures the company will take to ensure it's a "force for good in democracy", including making its political advertising more transparent and strengthening its political ad review process.
As it comes under increasing pressure to stop the spread of misinformation, Facebook has announced that it will turn over copies of more than 3000 ads it believes were bought by a Russian “troll farm” to congressional investigators.At the start of the month, it was revealed that the social network sold $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency, which has been responsible for churning out pro-Kremlin propaganda in the past.Facebook admitted the ads, which could have potentially influenced the US election, were targeted at users with an interest in issues such as gun rights, immigration, and discrimination.Facebook released details of the ads only to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling.In a blog post by the company’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, Facebook revealed it will now be sharing the information “more broadly.”After an extensive legal and policy review, today we are announcing that we will also share these ads with congressional investigators.
The CEO held a talk today via Facebook Live where he addressed Russian interference in the US elections, democracy and transparency on Facebook, which appear to be the main topics on his agenda.“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity.Facebook’s mission is all about giving people a voice and bringing people together.He went on to say that “Facebook is a force for good in democracy and any attempted interference is a serious issue.”In order to tackle this obstacle, he proposed nine points that it’ll be working on over the next few months:The social network has already provided congress with evidence of Russian interference and continues to investigate.
Two weeks ago, Facebook admitted that a "shadowy Russian company" spent $100,000 on political ads targeting US Facebook users during the 2016 election campaign.At the time, Facebook turned in information about these ad buys to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the election.Today, Facebook announced that it would also be turning the information over to Congressional investigators.And Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be stepping up its efforts to prevent foreign election interference in the future."The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy around the world," Zuckerberg said in a video posted to Facebook."We can't prevent all governments from all interference.
On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined nine steps that Facebook would take to "protect election integrity" and "make sure Facebook is a force for good in democracy," including the delivery of $100,000-worth of Russia-linked ads to government officials and investigators.“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity," he said during a live broadcast on his Facebook page.The vice chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said Wednesday that there are likely "a lot more" fake Facebook accounts affiliated with Russia than what the company has so far disclosed in private briefings with committee staffers.He said the committee, which is tasked with uncovering any Russian interference with US elections, plans to call Facebook executives to publicly testify on Capitol Hill in October.Here's a good graphic summarizing Zuckerberg's 9-step plan, from Parsons School of Design media professor David Carrol on Twitter:Below you can read the full language of the 9 steps the company is taking to prevent future government interference with elections:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that his company will release the $100,000-worth of ads affiliated with Russia to government investigators.“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity," he said."I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine our democracy.”Zuckerberg outlined steps his company is taking, including the delivery of the ads themselves to government officials, to "protect election integrity" and "make sure Facebook is a force for good in democracy.""We are in a new world," Zuckerberg said during a live broadcast on his Facebook page."It is a new challenge for internet communities dealing with nation states attempting to interfere in elections."
(Reuters) — Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements on the world’s largest social network, responding to criticism that it has not done enough to prevent the manipulation of elections.Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company would start by sharing with U.S. congressional investigators some 3,000 political ads that it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook in the months before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election.Earlier this month, Facebook said an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of Facebook ads promoting divisive messages.U.S. congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller are examining alleged Russian election interference, which Moscow has denied.Zuckerberg, who has remained largely silent on the subject for months, said in a live broadcast on Facebook that the company was taking nine steps to prevent governments from using the network to interfere with each other’s elections.“I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy.
Facebook said Thursday it will share more than 3,000 ads linked to Russia with congressional investigators looking into whether the country meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“Facebook’s mission is all about giving people a voice and bringing people closer together,” said CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a live video broadcast on the social network.That’s not what we stand for.”The tech firm had faced mounting pressure from U.S. lawmakers to reveal more about how Russians may have used the social media site to interfere in the presidential election.The American people deserve to know the truth about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) September 21, 2017
Should the management of listed companies unduly worry about financial investors who seek to join the board?Certainly not, except in the case of rogues who seek to misuse inside information.They can hold the company to account and demand better performance.The Companies Act provides the right to any person other than retiring directors to stand for director.Active shareholder democracy would bring in greater transparency and checks and balances in the system, boosting corporate governance.Shareholder activism is needed in the Indian context.Banks are now saddled with bad loans, which have surged as many promoters paid off the political system, got loans sanctioned for inflated costs and harvested the excess amounts for themselves.
Can young voters learn to use a mailbox?“I don’t really know what the go is with post boxes, stamps, that kind of thing,” says 23-year-old Anna Dennis.Ms. Dennis, a sociology student at the elite Australian National University, says the last time she had to mail a parcel “I took my dad to help.”Early polls showed 59% of voters in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in the advisory vote, with support around 80% among voters age 25 and younger.“Australians don’t do postal votes,” he says.Mail volume has plummeted, according to Australia Post, the national mail service: Australians sent a billion fewer letters last year than a decade ago.
Two US senators on Friday introduced legislation to set up the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of the United States Election Systems, to examine the possibility that people tried to hack the 2016 election.The commission would examine the evidence to see if the Russians, or someone else, actively tried to hack the election process – either by altering results or interfering with electoral backend systems.The members would draw up a series of recommendations to harden US election systems, according to the legislation's sponsors, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)."There is no credible doubt that Russia attacked our election infrastructure in 2016," said Gillibrand."We need to be able to defend ourselves against threats to our elections, our democracy, and our sacred right to vote.I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation to create a 9/11-style Commission to defend our democracy and protect ourselves against future attacks on our country."
A broadband privacy bill in California is running into big-time resistance from ISPs — and Google, Facebook and the tech industry — as it comes up for a vote Friday.Those protections included requiring broadband providers to get permission before collecting or sharing customers’ information.The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, which was written by Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, is supported by advocacy groups such as San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation and Washington, D.C.-based Center for Digital Democracy.Among the bill’s many opponents are Google, Facebook and tech industry groups.This week, they joined AT, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, the California Chamber of Commerce and others in sending a letter to the members of the state senate.“AB 375 is vague and unclear to a degree that will have serious effects on consumers and businesses,” the letter says.
Public accountability for intelligence services is crucial to any democracy, but as the recent WannaCry ransomware attack showed, there are inevitable conflicts of interest between the role of intelligence services and network safety.The past seven years have seen a dramatic change in profile for GCHQ.While the number of police officers has been cut by 14 per cent since 2010, according to the Home Office, GCHQ's staff numbers have grown by more than ten per cent in the same period.At the same time, it has been loaded with additional responsibilities, including the fight against distribution of child-abuse images on the dark web, money laundering and financial fraud.However, one of the core roles of intelligence agencies is covert operations.Then, in April 2017, it was leaked, along with a suite of hacking tools targeting Windows PCs.
local authorities in the UNION shall be given the opportunity to create wireless networks in public places at the EU's expense.the EU member states, the commission and the EUROPEAN parliament agree to spend at least € 120 million – less than 1.2 billion Swedish kronor – to the free wifi on the square, hospital, library and similar places.”From democracy and solidaritetssynpunkt this is a good and important proposal to increase access to the internet”, says Swedish mep Olle Ludvigsson (S) ago the EUROPEAN parliament gave its final go-ahead on Tuesday.in Order to get the money the need to requesting local government to promise to manage the operation of the networks in at least three years.the Money, however, is given not to the places where there already are private or public network.the EU-sceptic conservative parliamentary group, the ECR is, however, critical.
As probably surprises no one, Facebook’s role in the weakening of democracy and its institutions came up several times.And, as also should surprise no one, there was little optimism among the participants about that dubious characters will suddenly stop leveraging Facebook through bots, micro-targeting, fake news and the creation of alternate realities to undermine democratic values and essential shared minimum consensus.I am specifically not referring to the company’s other services such as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp — just to facebook.com and its app.Just stopping to use facebook.com (and its app) is enough.By doing that, you’ll help weakening its business model, which is the most impactful power you have.Facebook (the service) exists because it makes a lot of money from every single user.
Soon, Stockholmsfestivalen Gather started.It will give visitors a new perspective and hopefully we can solve many problems.On Thursday 14 september draws teknikfestivalen Gather started.The five main areas of man and machine, economics, design, democracy and the media, and urban planning will be discussed in three days.through panel discussions and "laboratory".- You will be able to participate in various labbs (workshops) where it is hoped to find solutions related to the problems highlighted in the different themes.
mirandakatz writes: Seoul is struggling: Its birth rate is at an all-time low, college graduates are having enormous trouble finding jobs, and trust in government is not high.But South Korea is also, in many ways, cutting edge -- and it wants to use that future-thinking power to build its capital into a techno-utopia.As Susan Crawford details at Backchannel, that begins with a powerful data analysis tool known as the "The Digital Civic Mayor's Office."Crawford writes that "this dashboard seemed like a potential green shoot of democracy -- a city doing what it can to show citizens why government should be trusted and that their quality of life, including the quality of the air they breathe, the prices of the apples they eat, and the traffic jams they face daily, is important."
At a recent open mic in Los Angeles, Mike Glazer donned a silver mask and a hoodie, climbed onto the stage, and began a standup routine.This wasn’t a hack ripping off one-liners: This was a performance of "The Masked Comedian," an anonymous comic superhero dreamed up by Glazer and fellow comedian Matt Klinman.Pitch launched in July at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, but Klinman, along with co-founders Brad Mahler and Yin Zhu, has been working on it since 2015, when Funny or Die asked him to create a joke-penning app for freelancers.Klinman envisioned a digital room where comedy writers could collaborate and work together efficiently from afar.“I certainly didn’t.” Pitch now has more than 1,000 users, and has become a promising tool for young writers trying to break into the professional world of comedy writing.Members must be invited to the free app by current users or send Klinman an application over email.
A Russian company that created fake accounts and pages purchased $100,000 worth of advertising during the US election last year, the company said.The Washington Post reported that Facebook traced the fake accounts to a Russian “troll farm” that has a history of promoting Russian propaganda.The ads began running in the summer of 2015, Facebook said, and a small number of them mentioned candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.Other ads promoted posts focused on polarizing issues, such as racial tensions or LGBT rights.The tactic, which Russians have also employed on Twitter, is designed to create internal divisions within the United States and erode trust in the democracy.“The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting or a particular candidate,” Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said in a blog post.
No compatible source was found for this media.So says Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Vivaldi Technologies.The Icelandic tech executive, who previously helped found Opera, said Google needs to be regulated and slammed its Chrome browser for allegedly snuffing out competition.In a blog titled "It is time to return to not being evil", he branded Google a bullying monopoly.Tetzchner said critical comments he made about Google's targeted ad practices led the US tech giant to suspend Vivaldi's AdWords campaign without warning."I see this as a very serious, democracy-threatening problem," he complained online (4 September).