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US election campaign technology from 2008 to 2018, and beyond

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The first Obama campaign kicked off a technological revolution in electioneering. Where is it going next?

The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk.

Kenya’s technology evolved. Its political problems stayed the same.

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
Long before the internet, hate speech flourished in echo chambers of a different kind.

This is what filter bubbles actually look like

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.

The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 07:00
vTaiwan is a promising experiment in participatory governance. But politics is blocking it from getting greater traction.

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 07:00
Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.

Noon in the antilibrary

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 09:00
Science fiction: What happens when fake news is everywhere?

Fake America great again

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:00
Inside the race to catch the worryingly real fakes that can be made using artificial intelligence.

The “neuropolitics” consultants who hack voters’ brains

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:00
These experts say they can divine political preferences you can’t express from signals you don’t know you’re producing.

Hackers are out to jeopardize your vote

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:00
Cyberattacks on the 2016 US election caused states to bolster the defenses of their voting systems. It hasn’t been enough, says the University of Michigan’s Alex Halderman.

The World Economic Forum warns that AI may destabilize the financial system

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:00
Increased use of machine learning and cloud services could make the financial world more vulnerable.

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:00
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

Tim Hwang’s FiscalNote is revolutionizing Washington lobbying with big data

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:00
FiscalNote takes the intuition out of politics. Does it take the democracy out, too?

AI for cybersecurity is a hot new thing—and a dangerous gamble

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:00
Machine learning and artificial intelligence can help guard against cyberattacks, but hackers can foil security algorithms by targeting the data they train on and the warning flags they look for.

A small team of student AI coders beats Google’s machine-learning code

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:49
The success shows that advances in artificial intelligence aren’t the sole domain of elite programmers.

Why security experts hate that “blockchain voting” will be used in the midterm elections

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:08
It’s too dangerous to conduct elections over the internet, they say, and West Virginia’s new plan to put votes on a blockchain doesn’t fix that.

US scientist who edited human embryos with CRISPR responds to critics

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:00
Can we safely fix the DNA of human embryos in a lab dish?

Magic Leap’s headset is real, but that may not be enough

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:08
It’s taken years of work and billions of dollars in venture funding to build a working mixed-reality headset for developers. Now what?

AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:45
Coursera is unveiling a new machine learning tool to show companies what skills their employees are acquiring from its classes and their level of expertise.