Elections and Media

A look at the various media used to reach and inform voters during elections -- as well as the impact of new media and media ownership on elections.

King Backlash Spills into Telecom

The furor over Rep. Steve King’s ties to white nationalist figures and groups has struck the telecom industry, where two heavyweights castigated Rep. King (R-Iowa) over some of his recent remarks.

Democrats, tech splurge ahead of midterms

Left-leaning groups are pouring money into online advertising on platforms like Facebook ahead of the midterms — and cash from Silicon Valley staffers is flowing to Democratic campaigns, according to recently released data.

There is more phony political news on social media now than in 2016, report says

There’s even more phony or misleading political news circulating on social media than there was in 2016, according to a new University of Oxford report that casts doubt on tech companies’ attempts to crack down on disinformation ahead of the midte

Without new laws, Facebook has no reason to fix its broken ad system

Facebook’s ads have been a source of frustration for lawmakers for years, especially in the aftermath of the 2016 elections when it was discovered that Russian influence agents were able to place political ads involving US politics on the platform

Special Counsel probes Roger Stone’s interactions with Trump campaign and timing of WikiLeaks release of Podesta emails

The special counsel investigation is pressing witnesses about longtime Trump ally Roger Stone’s private interactions with senior campaign officials and whether he had knowledge of politically explosive Democratic emails that were released in Octob

How Silicon Valley is trying to help Democrats capture Congress in 2018

As voters prepare to head to the polls, the tech industry’s talented, well-heeled engineers and entrepreneurs have been plugging into Democratic campaigns around the country.

Britain's Information Commissioner fines Facebook $644,000 over users' data breach

Britain's Information Commissioner has slapped Facebook with a fine of $644,000 — the maximum possible — for its behavior in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Russians didn’t swing the 2016 election to Trump. But Fox News might have.

Research I helped conduct has found that the fundamental driver of disinformation in American politics from 2015-2018 has not been Russia, but Fox News and the insular right-wing media ecosystem it anchors.

Russian-Linked Bots Used US Startups to Meddle in Elections

Operatives behind Russian-linked bots used tools from US startups, including IFTTT Inc., to supercharge social-media misinformation campaigns and meddle in elections.

How campaigns are using marketing, manipulation, and "psychographic targeting" to win elections—and weaken democracy

Republican and Democratic data firms are hard at work on the next generation of digital tools—driven by the idea that political campaigns can identify and influence voters by gathering as much data about them as possible. “To be a technology presi