issie lapowskyHow quickly we forget. The whole edited/doctored Nancy Pelosi video thing isn't exactly new. It's ripped from the "Hillary Clinton is sick" handbook of 2016. There were tons of videos edited to make her look ill then used as ammo by far-right "experts"
Three years after the DNC hack, a new report finds that political parties around the world have ongoing security flaws that leave them vulnerable to attack.
issie lapowskyNEW: Researchers find security flaws in political parties across US and EU. The Libertarian party had some particularly egregious vulnerabilities. One US party the researchers won’t name was systematically leaking voter names, birthdays, and addresses
Advertisers say that Google makes it far too easy to accidentally run ads in countries under US sanctions like Iran, North Korea, or Syria.
issie lapowskyNEW: Google has a habit of serving ads to sanctioned countries like Iran and North Korea, often paid for by unwitting advertisers in the US who can't even sell their products there. I tried to get to the bottom of why/how this is happening
The social media giant debuted new features and tools to help in its Sisyphean fight against misinformation and abuse on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.
issie lapowskyNEW: To stop bad stuff from spreading, Facebook is introducing a new metric today called Click-Gap. It will assess whether a given domain is getting a disproportionately high number of links on FB, compared to the rest of the web
A cybersecurity firm found that two different third-party Facebook apps left millions of records about users sitting unprotected on Amazon’s servers.
issie lapowskyI asked Facebook whether routine Amazon Web Services scans have been part of its audits into what third-party app developers do with data. No answer. It seems obvious they should be.
After seeing the crucial role data played in the 2016 election, the DNC has spent the past two years revamping its infrastructure to take on Trump in 2020.
issie lapowskyIn 2016, @TheDemocrats's data infrastructure “was a shit show" says the Clinton campaign's then-director of product. The system that housed all the party's data would crash for days at a time. We got an inside look at the DNC's plan to fix it
Video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch popped up on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit, showing the limits of social media moderation.
issie lapowskyTech companies are investing in automated tools to detect photos and videos of graphic violence. But things get a lot trickier when 1) the video is live and 2) news outlets also want to broadcast these clips.
Kang Chol-hwan’s goal, as wildly optimistic as it may sound, is nothing less than the overthrow of the North Korean government.
issie lapowskyOn a day when President Trump has called Kim Jong Un a "great leader," here's a great @a_greenberg story on how North Korean defectors take their lives in their hands just to get North Koreans access to TV shows like Friends
And roughly 80 percent of Americans say tech companies should do more to prevent it, according to a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League.
issie lapowskyA new @ADL survey finds that in 2018, a staggering one third of Americans experienced severe online hate and harassment, like stalking and physical threats. That's a massive uptick from the 18 percent of people who reported the same in a 2017 Pew report.
David Carroll has been locked in a legal war to force the infamous company to turn over its files on him. He’s won a battle, but the struggle continues.
issie lapowskyBut lots has stayed the same. Americans still have no more data rights than they did two years ago, and @profcarroll still doesn't have his data. So the fight continues.
Here's my #longread on a true David and Goliath battle for our time.
Ad-hoc systems and haphazard databases made the Trump administration’s cruel border separation policies somehow even worse.
issie lapowskyThey kept kids in cages. And Excel spreadsheets.
A new report shows the lack of even the most basic technology to track kids who were separated from their parents at the border. It also suggests 1,000s more kids were separated than previously disclosed.
Researchers built a tool that can predict where you live and work, as well as other sensitive information, just by using geotagged tweets.
issie lapowskyNEW: Until 2015 if you geotagged a tweet with a location as broad as New York City, Twitter’s API revealed your exact GPS coordinates. A new study shows how AI can use that data to find your home, work, and other sensitive locations in minutes
The Russia investigation's known unknowns give valuable hints about the special counsel's next moves.
issie lapowskyAllow @vermontgmg to help you wrap your brain wrapped around the many threads of this Mueller probe with this insanely helpful piece, rounding up the lingering questions from hundreds of pages of indictments and court filings
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Cyrus Farivar (Ars Technica).
issie lapowskywow. @cfarivar was able to publish unredacted court docs in the Facebook v. Six4Three Case by uploading the doc into a text editor, which revealed the redacted portions. Read it all here
One firm spent more than $2 million to advertise on the social network in the no-man's land of digital political ads.
issie lapowskyAn obscure concealed carry startup spent more than $2 million on FB political ads, almost as much as ExxonMobil. I went looking for more info on them. The fact that so little exists publicly tells you everything about how we regulate political ads online.
issie lapowskyAbout to go on @CBSNLive to talk about my story on the concealed carry company that was a top 10 political advertiser on Facebook this year, spending almost as much as ExxonMobil