Worried about whether US elections are vulnerable to outside interference? On Wednesday, tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google testified that their platforms were used to spread Russian misinformation and propaganda to millions of potential voters in 2016. But here's a case that illustrates how the struggling technical systems that run elections on a local level could be just as much of a concern in the future as well.
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Russian actors spent tens of thousands of dollars on Google ads meant to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Citing employees "familiar" with Google's internal investigations, the Post reports that these ads, which appeared on Gmail and YouTube, "do not appear to be from the same... troll farm that bought ads on Facebook".
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The election in Germany over the weekend saw the rise of the country's nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the first time in decades that a far-right group has won seats in German parliament. It also marked Facebook's first real election security test since the company has fully come to terms with the widespread political misinformation on its platform.