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What we are able to be taught from the three,500 Russian Fb advertisements meant to fire up U.S. politics

On Thursday, Democrats on the Home Intelligence Committee launched a large new trove of Russian government-funded Fb political advertisements foc...

 

On Thursday, Democrats on the Home Intelligence Committee launched a large new trove of Russian government-funded Fb political advertisements focused at American voters. Whereas we’d seen a cross part of the advertisements earlier than via prior releases from the committee, the breadth of ideological manipulation is on full show throughout the greater than three,500 newly launched advertisements — and that doesn’t even depend nonetheless unreleased unpaid content material that shared the identical divisive goals.

After viewing the advertisements, which stretch from 2015 to late 2017, some clear developments emerged.

Russia centered on black People

Many, many of those advertisements focused black People. From the pretty giant pattern of advertisements that we reviewed, black People have been clearly of specific curiosity, probably in an effort to escalate latent racial tensions.

Many of those advertisements appeared as memorials for black People killed by cops. Others merely meant to fire up black satisfaction, like one that includes an Angela Davis quote. One advert posted by “Black Issues” was focused at Ferguson, Missouri residents in June 2015 and solely featured the lyrics to Tupac’s “California Love.” Round this time, many advertisements focused black Fb customers in Baltimore and the St. Louis space.

Some Instagram advertisements focused black voters fascinated by black energy, Malcolm X, and the brand new Black Panther social gathering utilizing Fb profile data. Within the days main as much as November eight, 2016 different advertisements particularly focused black People with anti-Clinton messaging.

Not all posts have been divisive (although most have been)

Whereas most advertisements performed into apparent ideological agendas, these posts have been often punctuated by extra impartial content material. The much less controversial or call-to-action type posts have been probably designed to buffer the politically divisive content material, serving to to construct out and develop an account over time.

For accounts that grew over the course of a number of years, some “impartial” posts have been probably helpful for making them seem authentic and construct belief amongst followers. Some posts focusing on LGBT customers and different identity-based teams simply shared optimistic messages particular to these communities.

Adverts focused media customers and geographic areas

Some advertisements we got here throughout focused Buzzfeed readers, although they have been inexplicably extra meme-oriented and never political in nature. Others centered on Fb customers that loved the Huffington Put up’s Black Voices part or Sean Hannity.

Many advertisements focusing on black voters focused main U.S. cities with giant black populations (Baltimore and New Orleans, for instance). Different geo-centric advertisements tapped into Texas satisfaction and referred to as on Texans to secede.

Conservatives have been focused on many points

We already knew this from the advert previews, however the brand new assortment of advertisements makes it clear that conservative People throughout quite a few curiosity teams have been often focused. This focusing on targeting stirring up patriotic and generally nationalist sentiment with anti-Clinton, gun rights, anti-immigrant and spiritual stances. Some custom-made accounts spoke on to veterans and conservative Christians. Libertarians have been additionally individually focused.

Occasions rallied competing causes

Among the many Russian-bought advertisements, event-based posts grew to become pretty frequent in 2016. The day after the election, an occasion referred to as for an anti-Trump rally in Union Sq. at the same time as one other advert referred to as for Trump supporters to rally exterior Trump tower. In one other occasion, the advertisements promoted each a pro-Beyoncé and anti-Beyoncé occasion in New York Metropolis.

Candidate advertisements have been principally pro-Trump, anti-Clinton

In line with the intelligence group’s evaluation of Russia’s intentions through the 2016 U.S. election, among the many candidates, posts slamming Hillary Clinton appeared to prevail. Professional-Trump advertisements have been pretty widespread, although different advertisements stirred up anti-Trump sentiment too. Few advertisements appeared to oppose Bernie Sanders and a few rallied assist for Sanders even after Clinton had gained the nomination. One advert in August 2016 from account Williams&Kalvin denounced each presidential candidates and doubtlessly in an effort to discourage turnout amongst black voters. On this case and others, posts referred to as for voters to disregard the election outright.

Whereas efforts just like the Trustworthy Adverts Act are mounting to fight foreign-paid social media affect in U.S. politics, the scope and number of at this time’s Home Intel launch makes it clear that People could be nicely served to pause earlier than partaking with provocative, partisan ideological content material on social platforms — at the least when it comes from unknown sources.

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court

 

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court

New York (Reuters) – A US appeals court yesterday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit BlackBerry Ltd. alleges fraud inflating its stock price by painting a cheerful picture of the prospects for its Blackberry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading

While the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York did not say the lawsuit to establish a credible claim to reconsider the order of a lower court or to let you edit the plaintiffs their complaint in light of what she has said new evidence.

Neither BlackBerry or an attorney for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Maria Dinzik immediately responded to requests for comment.

BlackBerry Z10 has his phone in January 2013 in an attempt to Apple Inc’s iPhone market share loss story, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. devices powered by Google Inc.’s Android.

The Blackberry Z10 won positive reviews but low sales led to an expected $ 930 million Skryf down for unsold stock on September 20, 2013. BlackBerry shares lost about a sixth of their value on that day.

The Waterloo, Ontario- based company dethrone its CEO, Thorsten Heins, less than two months later.

The lawsuit alleged that BlackBerry tried the poor performance of the Z10 hides to artificially increase its share.

In the decision Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit upheld US District Judge Thomas Griesa’s March 2015 dismissal of the lawsuit for not claiming that BlackBerry and its directors knowingly deceived investors.

The three-judge appeals panel said amounted claims plaintiffs’ fraud by hindsight “by saying that the suspects had to wipe the device will not be successful.

The court nevertheless said Griesa could try to convince prosecutors to allow you to edit their complaint in the light of new regs development and proof that prosecutors said would support their demands.

the Court of Appeal has said if Griesa refuse to let you edit their complaint to prosecutors, he has his reasons, which he did not explain for.

The case is Cox v. BlackBerry Limited, 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 15-3991.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York, Editing by W Simon and JS Benkoe)

U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets ‘obscene and sick’ calls after hack

 

U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets 'obscene and sick' calls after hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday his is awash with “obscene and sick” calls and text messages to a hacker linked to Russia posted personal contact information online for her and hundreds of other Democratic lawmakers and followers .

Pelosi a letter to colleagues warning them to take precautions and said that she changed her phone number to a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0” placed to the personal mobile phone numbers and email addresses on Friday.

posted appeared received information in the electronic breaking the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee, the fundraising and campaign arm of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Other Democratic campaign groups, including the Democratic National Committee, also targeted by the cyber attack, made public late last month.

“on a personal note, I was in the air flying from Florida to California then broke the news. Upon landing, I have numerous mostly obscene and sick calls, voice mails and receive text messages,” Pelosi has her colleagues, encouraging them to keep their cell phones and incoming SMS-messages away from their family and children.

“It’s a sad state of affairs, not only for us, but more importantly for our country,” said Pelosi, who earlier in the week Russia to blame for the cyber attack and called it ‘a’ electronic Watergate “similar to the 1972 break-in at Democratic Party headquarters, which eventually brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

John Ramsey House chief information security officer, has a memorandum to lawmakers and followers whom information is publicly encourage their passwords for all changes to their accounts and to consider changing their non-house e-mail addresses.

He said the hacker has a spreadsheet loaded with a mixture of house and personal e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers for “almost every” House Democrats and “a different number of Republicans,” and similar information for hundreds employees.

“Together with the Excel file,” Guccifer 2.0 ‘pictures documents that took the bill and passwords for a variety of subscription services used by the included DCCC. Initial analysis to identify home addresses some members, together with the name of their spouse, marital status, and religion, “said the note.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is a working individual or group or for the GRU, Russian military intelligence. Russia has denied involvement in the offense.

The potential Russian involvement in the cyber attack has a fiery campaign debate fired, with Democrats accusing the Russians are trying to help Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

But US officials suspect that the operation and another that focuses on the DNC, Democratic presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton were more likely an attempt to e-mail chains seek to classified networks or seeking national security information than to influence the november 8th US elections.

“Russia’s assumption is probable that it does not matter much who wins the election, because Wall Street and other powerful lobbying really run the country,” said one of the officials Saturday, talk like the other to discuss the condition of anonymity to intelligence assessments.

“The old Soviet faith not quite blurred when it comes to foreign policy,” the official said.

(Additional reporting by John Wolcott; Editing by Paul Simao)

Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison

 

Key player in Silk Road successor site gets eight years in U.S. prison

(Reuters) -. A Washington state man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for his role in helping to manage the successor website Silk Road, an online swart mark which sold illegal drugs and other goods

Brian Farrell, who prosecutors say was a staff for Silk Road 2.0, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle to plead guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to distributed heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Farrell, 27, was arrested in January 2015 as a pilot under way in the case of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the original Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht has under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Ulbricht, 32, was sentenced in May 2015 to life in prison after convicted a federal jury in Manhattan on charges of, inter alia, the distribution of drugs.

Silk Road 2.0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities the original Silk Road website cruel and arrested Ulbricht.

Like the original site, Silk Road 2.0 users are allowed to buy and sell drugs anonymous, computer hacking tools and other illegal items, using the digital currency Bitcoin, the authorities said.

in November 2014 announced the federal authorities in Manhattan that she closed Silk Road 2.0 and arrested his alleged operator Blake Bent Hall, who prosecutors say active website called “Defcon”.

prosecutors said Farrell was a key aide Bent Hall, and was part of a small staff of online administrators and forum moderators, using the nickname “doctorclu.”

In court documents, prosecutors said that during a search of his residence in Bellevue, Washington, in January 2015, Farrell said he worked as Defcon right hand man.

A lawyer for Farrell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

<. p> The case is US v Farrell, US District Court, Western District of Washington, No. 15-MJ-00016

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York. Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Irish privacy watchdog refers Facebook’s U.S. data transfers to EU court

 

Irish privacy watchdog refers Facebook's U.S. data transfers to EU court

Brussels / DUBLIN (Reuters) -. Data transfer to the US by companies such as Facebook and Google to face a renewed legal threat after the Irish privacy watchdog said yesterday that Facebook will pay the data transfer mechanisms to the top EU court

The following step an Irish investigation of Facebook users EU transfer of data to the United States to ensure that properly protect privacy against surveillance US government.

Facebook, like many other technology companies, has its European headquarters in Dublin and is regulated by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC).

The IDPC said they will ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine the validity of Facebook’s “model contracts”. – General legal regulations that are used by thousands of companies to transfer personal data outside the 28-nation EU

The investigation into the California-based company is provided by the Irish High Court in October to the CJEU affected Safe Harbor , an EU-US agreement that has allowed the free transfer of information between the European Union and the United States. The CJEU decided the agreement does not protect enough information Europeans against US supervision.

The transfer of Europeans to the United States has been a hot topic since 2013 revelations about mass US surveillance programs like PRISM, which US authorities private information directly from a large technology companies like Apple harvest, Facebook and Google .

new agreement

Since the CJEU ruling, companies had to rely on model contracts and other more cumbersome steps to transfer data Europeans to the United States in accordance with strict EU rules data privacy .

“Thousands of companies to transfer data across borders to serve their customers and users,” said a spokesman for Facebook. “Demand Irish DPC plan to gather with the judge in connection with standard contractual clauses will be many companies that are involved in Europe,” she said, adding that Facebook has a number of legal ways of data to the United States.

The CJEU decision in October stemmed from a complaint by Austrian regstudent and privacy activist Max Schrems. He questioned the data of European users to transfer its US servers of Facebook, with regard to the risks of American espionage.

“We have yesterday informed Mr. Schrems and Facebook our intention explanatory relief looking Ina Irish Supreme Court and a reference to the CJEU to determine Thea legala status transfers data under standard contractual clauses,” the IDPC.

One of the reasons why the ECJ struck Safe Haven is because the agreement, EU citizens provides enough channels to complain about American surveillance.

Schrems and other privacy campaign claims that alternative arrangements such model clauses Europeans either do not offer a means of correction.

“There is no way that the CJEU can say that model contracts are valid if they Safe Harbor killed on the basis of the existence of the US surveillance laws,” Schrems said in a statement.

After the CJEU decision in October, the EU Commission and the United States rushed to hash out a new data-sharing agreement, the privacy shield, which they hope as soon as possible by the end-June.

But EU privacy watchdogs have raised some concerns about the course, raises the fear that it can not withstand a court challenge.

“If the court decides that the standard contractual provision can not be trusted and that the transfer of personal information they need to facilitate stopped, the impact on the international business will be catastrophic,” said Oliver Yaros, an attorney Mayer Brown.

(Editing by Susan Fenton and David Clarke)