Today nearly half of the world’s population is online, and while we know we need to increase access to the Internet, access alone is not enough. Information must be high-quality and available on an equitable basis because it has a major impact on the choices we make. To that end, major platforms are investing heavily
It seems like everywhere you look these days there’s someone screaming “fake news.” In many cases, they are right. Over the past few years, as the amount of dubious content flooding the internet has gone up, our trust of the media and what we read has plummeted. According to one 2017 Pew Research study, 62
Could “crowds of regular people” be, in the words of one early research review, “as good at moderating fake news on Facebook as professional fact-checkers?” For a while now, technology practitioners and academics have been working on the question of whether the “wisdom of the crowd” can help fix the spread of misinformation online. If
Currently more than 72% of American adults are on social media, sharing more personal information and data than ever before. While the internet has had significant benefits for society, including democratizing access to information, it has also been exploited by nefarious groups and actors including terrorist organizations, foreign state-backed operatives, cyber criminals, and online trolls.
America’s election administration infrastructure is in a dire state. Far too many voters face challenges in casting a ballot. Genuine threats of disruption and subversion by foreign actors persist and are growing, and hyper-politicization has poisoned anything having to do with the voting process, policy, or regulation. Add in a reliance on systemically-vulnerable technology requiring
In this highly polarized and nail-biting election, every vote counts. But it can (and will) take a while. Election Night results on TV and online are never — and have never — been final, official results. The official results, which come from election offices, are only announced after counts are canvassed, audited and certified. In
The 2020 election season was exhausting, and it isn’t over yet. This month, a bipartisan group of former elected officials — members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, former cabinet secretaries, retired military officials, and civic leaders — launched a new group dedicated to effecting change in the U.S. voting systems. Called the National
While listening to recordings of a Somerset County inmate’s calls, a prosecutor with Maine’s Office of the Attorney General recognized the voice of a defense attorney he knew. He stopped listening and reported it, but it raised questions about how often inmate calls with their attorneys are reported? In Maine, it turns out that happens
The 2015 death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray Jr. in police custody led to ten days of public outcry. The aftermath of the protests further damaged the public’s trust once they found out what police had been up to. The ACLU of North Carolina uncovered the fact that the Baltimore Police Department used facial recognition tools
The COVID era has brought physical shutdowns to American courts and an unprecedented backlog of cases. In Connecticut, pending civil and criminal cases have jumped 200 percent during the pandemic, and trials aren’t scheduled to start until at least November. As of late June, New York City had 39,200 criminal cases waiting to be heard.