Stein Campaign Refuses to Turn Over Documents in Russia Probe

Former Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, is refusing to turn over documents and correspondence to the Senate Judiciary Committee relating to the committee’s ongoing Russia investigation. Although she did not fully comply with the demand for the information, calling the request, “so overboard in reach as to demand constitutionally protected materials,” she did agree to […]

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Connecticut Signs Law Granting Electoral Votes to Popular Vote Winner

Updated 5/8/18 at 9:15 a.m. Connecticut has become the twelfth state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a group of states passing laws requiring their state’s electors vote for the winner of the popular vote in presidential elections. The Connecticut State Legislature passed the bill on Saturday by a vote of 21-14 in […]

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YouTube’s Recommendations Seem to Favor Fringe Content

It starts with an innocent search of the day’s headlines on YouTube. While things seem normal at first, the site eventually pulls you further and further away from mainstream content and more towards fringe content designed, above all, to keep you watching. Before you know it, you have fallen down a rabbit hole full of […]

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Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down, Possibly Retool

Controversial data research firm Cambridge Analytica announced it was shutting its doors this week. The company uses psychometrics, the study of human characteristics to predict human behavior. It’s best known for harvesting the personal information of some 87 million Facebook users, unbeknownst to them, and allegedly using that information to sway votes in the U.S. […]

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News Outlets File Motion Seeking Mueller Docs

A band of news organizations have filed a motion with a federal court to unseal documents related to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The records specifically concern the indictments of several former Trump campaign and administration officials including one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Gen. […]

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Facebook Announces Restrictions on Data Access, Admits Number of Accounts Breached Closer to 87 Million

Facebook, in announcing significant changes to its information-sharing features with third-party app developers, has announced that up to 87 million Facebook users – mostly in the U.S. – have had their information inappropriately harvested by political data research firm Cambridge Analytica. The number was previously reported as 50 million by the company. Cambridge Analytica uses […]

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Texas Woman Sentenced to Five in Years in Prison for Voting Illegally

A Texas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for voting in the 2016 presidential election when she was ineligible to do so. Forty-three-year-old Crystal Mason had signed an affidavit laying out several requirements allowing her to vote. Not being a convicted felon or having served a full sentence were among the requirements […]

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Cambridge Analytica Releases Extended Statement About Role the Data Reseach Firm Played in the 2016 Presidential Election

Cambridge Analytica, the data research firm, has issued an extended statement explaining the types of data the firm used, and didn’t use, during the 2016 presidential election. The firm started working for the Trump campaign in June 2016. It has been under fire after revelations were made that it, along with another firm, Global Science […]

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