Canada doesn’t trust social networks to warn of election interference

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have set up war rooms and disclosure systems to warn of potential election meddling, but the Canadian government doesn’t believe that’s good enough. The country’s Democratic Institutions Minister has established a panel of five politicians that will warn the public when there’s evidence of attempted interference during election periods, […]

Facebook suspends 'researcher' who faked Russian interference in Alabama election

Facebook has suspended the account of Jonathon Morgan, the researcher behind a disinformation campaign against an Alabama Republican candidate who ended up losing the race for a Senate seat. Morgan claimed it was “research.” Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge, a social media research firm that published a major report on alleged Russian interference in […]

Russia’s own internet? Legislators plan to protect the country's web from foreign interference

Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to reduce the country’s internet resources’ dependence on foreign infrastructure. The bill also envisions emergency measures in case the nation gets cut off the worldwide web. The legislation, submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday, has been drafted in the wake of the “aggressive nature of US cyber security […]

Sec. Nielsen on 2016 US election interference: ‘It was the Russians’

Oliver de Ros/AP Photo Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen backed up US intelligence findings on interference in the 2016 US presidential election Tuesday, saying “it was the Russians.” Speaking at a cybersecurity conference, Nielsen offered a sharp condemnation of Russian hacking and cybersecurity threats as a chief concern of the department. Nielsen’s comments […]

Twitter chuckles about ‘Russian interference’ after historic win of Ovechkin’s Capitals

Within minutes of the Washington Capitals’ first Stanley Cup ever, their victory was chalked up to “Russian meddling.” When the team, featuring Alex Ovechkin and two other Russians, claimed the Cup, Twitter just couldn’t resist. The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday. […]

‘The best interests of the people’: Ex-US top spy Clapper justifies election interference

Fret not, people of the over 80 countries where the US has interfered in elections – it was done in your “best interests,” according to former head of US Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper, who famously lied about the NSA mass surveillance program before it was revealed by Edward Snowden, is back in the media spotlight, […]

US interference in Irish referendum? Concerns raised over ‘foreign’ pro-life groups

Irish transparency activists have raised concerns around foreign interference from US pro-life groups ahead of the upcoming abortion referendum on Friday. US anti-abortion activists, describing themselves as ‘journalists,’ have been campaigning across the historically Catholic country, calling on Irish citizens to vote ‘no’ to repealing the 8th amendment. If the referendum passes, it would pave […]

NHL’s hockey ops officially gets final say on goalie interference

  The NHL’s hockey operations department will have the final say on video reviews of goalie interference beginning Wednesday. The league’s board of governors approved the change to the rule Tuesday. General managers had proposed taking the ultimate decision on goalie interference reviews away from referees on the ice during their meetings in Boca Raton, […]

Vladimir Putin made an absurd argument for why he can’t respond to accusations of Russian election interference

AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly that he would not be able to respond to the US’s accusations of Russian election interference if the underlying conduct did not violate Russian law. The US intelligence community concluded last year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US […]

British MPs are desperate for some Russian interference, and won’t stop until they find it

If you asked the UK government what it wants for Christmas, it would definitely say “some Russian interference, please mummy.” The UK has seen what’s happening in the US and it wants some Russian interference of its own, and it won’t stop until it gets it. Both Facebook and Twitter have now agreed they will […]