Privacy issues in the Philippines have become headline news as 2017 gets underway. In January, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) in that country issued a statement placing the blame for a data breach that put the personal information of millions of voters at risk squarely at the feet of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and its Chairman Andres Bautista.
Big data in politics has become big news in the United Kingdom as the Guardian newspaper reports that the vote for the UK to leave the European Union saw two international companies manipulating public opinion through the use of big data mining techniques.
Recent DEFCON Voting Village report showed that some of the most popular and widely used voting machines vulnerable to hacking and that their security in the upcoming election is anything but assured.
With lessons learned from 2016 U.S. presidential election, U.S. government officials are taking no chances in upcoming election security by pushing stricter measures to secure online information from cyber attacks.
ESS, largest voting systems company in U.S with at least 260,000 machines in 21 states, was found to have 35 election systems in 10 states connected to the internet when they were not supposed to be.
Internet Society's Online Trust Alliance report shows only 30% of U.S. presidential candidates made the Honor Roll in audit which focused on three main areas – consumer privacy, website security and consumer protection.
With 2020 election drawing near, U.S. Cybercom, is developing information warfare tactics ranging from subtle warnings to more direct attacks on Russia’s information warfare capabilities.
Facebook’s ban of deepfake videos appears to be a focus on the wrong threat as the technology has not shown to be advanced or user-friendly enough to create damaging "fake news”.
A haphazard technology roll-out of a new voting app led to tech issues that delayed the Iowa caucus results and threw the public into states of confusion and frustration.