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Russia Even Used Pokémon Go In Its 2016 U.S. Election Propaganda

December 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia’s wide-ranging disinformation attack on the 2016 U.S. election even used Pokémon Go as part of its effort to minimize African American voter turnout, according to a report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The study, authored by a Columbia University professor and private sector researchers, found links between a...

Tech Giants Didn’t Spot Russia Paying For 2016 Disinformation With Rubles

December 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee lambasts Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s “belated and uncoordinated response” to Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election in a report to be released Monday, according to a draft obtained by the Washington Post. In a damning sign of their incompetence, the Silicon Valley giants apparently...

Russian Hackers Allegedly Attacked Germany and the U.S. on the Same Day

December 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian hackers seem to have been busy on Nov. 14. Separate reports have tied the country’s hackers to attacks on officials in both the U.S. and Germany on the same day. It’s unclear if the events were linked. First, U.S. cybersecurity companies reported that the group known as Cozy Bear—allegedly...

The U.S. Could Regulate AI in the Name of National Security

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence technology has the capability to be the most impactful software advance in history and the U.S. government has no idea how to properly regulate it. The U.S. does know that it doesn’t want other countries using its own AI against it. A new proposal published Monday by the...

The IRS Oversight Board Is Worried About a 'Serious Threat to Taxpayer Rights'

November 20, 2018 An IRS program using private debt collectors to handle delinquent tax bills is improperly demanding payment from hurricane victims and squeezing some of the poorest Americans—all the while turning a profit far below industry standards. Since April 2017, four debt collection companies have been assigned half a million delinquent taxpayers...

The U.S. Desperately Needs Tech-Savvy Lawmakers But The Midterms Are Unlikely to Deliver

November 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Those in the know have long been concerned by U.S. lawmakers’ all-around ignorance when it comes to tech, but the issue soared mortifyingly into the public eye when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress in April. Hauled in front of the Senate to face mounting criticisms of his company—a prime...

Trump Blames Twitter For Slowing His Follower Growth. It’s Actually Steadily Climbing

October 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump complained today that Twitter had removed his Twitter followers and had “stifled growth” of his followers on the platform. Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth...

The First U.S. Official To Be Arrested For Leaking Is a Trump Supporter

October 25, 2018 Donald Trump has consistently claimed that a “deep state” of liberal civil servants are criminally leaking against him. However, the first official to be arrested for alleged leaks under his presidency appears to be a Trump supporter, the Wall Street Journal reports. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at...

Trump Offered Gary Cohn Five Wildly Different Jobs In One Conversation

September 11, 2018 Gary Cohn, then president of Goldman Sachs, made a real impression on Donald Trump in a Trump Tower meeting on Nov. 30 2016. Dazzled, Trump offered Cohn five totally different jobs that day, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. Cohn is a...

Watergate Suggests You Shouldn't Believe Those Denying They're 'Anonymous'

September 7, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other top Trump administration officials have swiftly denied authoring a New York Times op-ed attributed to a senior White House official claiming to be part of a “quiet resistance” against President Trump’s worst instincts. History suggests you’d be naive to...