Reports reveal massive scale of Russian disinformation ops

Russian influence operations aimed at the U.S. electorate were more widespread than previously known and remain ongoing to this day, according to two new reports.

Digital Government

On Election Day, DHS isn't seeing coordinated efforts to hack the vote

The Department of Homeland Security is monitoring voting nationwide from an operations center that includes representatives from states, political parties and federal law enforcement.

DOJ charges Russian national in $35M election influence plot

The Department of Justice charged a Russian national with overseeing financial operations for a multinational social media influence campaign tied to the Russian government.

Think tank alums look to build tech expertise for Congress

A new private-sector resource hub is hoping to reverse Congress' declining institutional knowledge of technology issues.

Is social media ready for the 2018 elections?

Facebook and other firms have self-imposed regulations to address political advertising and misinformation, but the effectiveness of those steps remains untested.

Cybersecurity

Warner hints at new regs for social media

Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Sheryl Sandburg faced tough questions from lawmakers and a lot of theater during a day on Capitol Hill, but it's unclear whether oversight will yield new laws or regs.

Cybersecurity

Online influence isn't just about elections, intel chief says

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats highlighted foreign information operations as a key priority.

People

Trump's Twitter blocks raise constitutional questions

After a federal judge found that official government Twitter accounts may be violating free speech by blocking users, President Trump has unblocked some accounts.

Workforce

Are federal agencies doing enough with social media?

Despite federal agencies' increasing use of social media use, many employees believe their organizations could improve.

Social media use is booming in Congress. That has implications for the rest of government

With practically every member of Congress now on at least one social media platform, it’s easier than ever to reach legislators and influence their decision-making.

Cybersecurity

Facebook uncovers the next online election influence campaign

The social media giant has revealed what it believes to be a coordinated effort by unknown parties using its platform to influence the outcome of the 2018 elections.

Is Congress expanding its knowledge to meet oversight demands?

Another Hill hearing on social media shows members and staff struggling to keep pace with the knowledge required to do oversight on technology topics.

Cybersecurity

Feinstein bill bans bots

A new bill from the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee would but restrictions on the use of social media bots by political groups.

Trump can't block Twitter critics, judge rules

A federal judge took the side of First Amendment advocates and blocked social media users in a ruling that sets limits on what public officials can do to curate their Twitter accounts.

Digital Government

State Department wants to ask all visa applicants about their social media activity

For the millions who seek a U.S. visa every year, giving up social media information and history may become a required step.

Digital Government

Can first responders counter fake news?

A DHS advisory group offers tops on how local and federal emergency responders can leverage social media.

Digital Government

Global fitness tracker data exposes IoT policy gap

Thanks to data from fitness trackers, jogging routes of service members are providing a virtual atlas of sensitive military installations and forward operational bases around the world.

Cybersecurity

Russian cyber meddling extends well beyond elections

Fake FCC comments are yet another sign of Russia's ongoing destabilization campaign against U.S. targets, a social media expert told Congress.

Cybersecurity

Trump security plan calls for consequences for cyberattacks

President Trump's first National Security Strategy called for improving risk management and resilience, but remained vague on authorities and coordination.

Can NTIA figure out if social media breeds hate?

A new bill would task two federal agencies with supplying Congress with insight into the connection between social media and hate crimes.

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