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Psst, After You Wash Your Hands, Clean Your Smartphone

Psst, After You Wash Your Hands, Clean Your Smartphone

Update, March 9, 2020: The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple changed its “How to clean your Apple products” webpage on Monday with new language noting that it is fine to clean device surfaces with a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfecting wipes. The company had previously advised against using “cleaning products.” Original article: The novel coronavirus outbreak has been an occasion to reflect on just how filthy our surfaces are. The handrails on public transit, the buttons in elevators, light switches, grocery cart handles—all potentially teeming with nasty things....

March 10, 2020
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Amazon Is Spending the Last Week of the Union Vote Trying to Come Up With Epic Twitter Owns

Amazon Is Spending the Last Week of the Union Vote Trying to Come Up With Epic Twitter Owns

AdvertisementAdvertisementThe closely watched at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, is in its final days. On Tuesday, Amazon will find out whether enough workers have voted to form the company’s first unionized workplace. The battle over the union drive has been fierce, generating media attention as Amazon’s tactics to undermine organizers—like forcing workers to attend —has come under scrutiny. It’s a delicate moment for the national image of the e-commerce giant, which has been shown by surveys to be one of the brands in America. For some reason, however, Amazon’s PR team...

Mar 26
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It Took Only a Few Hours of Georgia Voting for Trump Supporters to Find a New Conspiracy Theory

It Took Only a Few Hours of Georgia Voting for Trump Supporters to Find a New Conspiracy Theory

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOn Tuesday, multiple polling places being used for Georgia’s Senate runoffs experienced equipment malfunctions, causing a handful of delays and, perhaps more consequentially, giving Trump supporters a foothold for their voter-fraud conspiracy theories. They were not, according to reports on the ground, the kinds of incidents that usually attract much notice: Columbia County, in eastern Georgia, faced with programming errors in the keys that start up paper-ballot scanners and in the cards that poll workers use to activate touch-screen voting machines....

Jan 5
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Barely Any Trump Supporters Showed at Inauguration Protests Around the Country

Barely Any Trump Supporters Showed at Inauguration Protests Around the Country

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementIn the weeks following the Jan. 6 riot that enveloped Congress, there had been chatter on social media about more violent insurrection attempts at state capitols from . The FBI issued warnings last week that it had received intel concerning armed protests at the capitol buildings in all 50 states. Police departments across the country announced that they would be stepping up security in and around their state capitols. More than also mobilized National Guard troops in preparation for the potential unrest. Yet, those threats failed to materialize on...

Jan 20
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Could the Rioters Have Breached the Capitol’s Cybersecurity?

Could the Rioters Have Breached the Capitol’s Cybersecurity?

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementPresident Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday inciting the mob that attacked Congress resulted in five deaths and a number of hospitalizations, the pillaging of the Capitol, and a major embarrassment for American democracy at home and abroad. After investigators survey the damage, we may discover that it also led to a cybersecurity breach.On Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin , “Electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices. Documents, materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done, mitigate that, and it could...

Jan 8
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The Guy Who Built a Trump Twitter Archive Says He’ll Follow Him to Parler If He Has To

The Guy Who Built a Trump Twitter Archive Says He’ll Follow Him to Parler If He Has To

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThis article is part of the , a collaboration between Future Tense and the Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law that examines the ways technology is influencing how we think about speech.On Friday, Twitter President Trump after he incited a mob that attacked the Capitol and continued to send out tweets that the platform believed could lead to more violence. The removal of @realDonaldTrump means that none of the missives from Trump’s presidency—or his life as a private citizen, when there was —are readily...

Jan 9
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Why Biden Can’t Fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Why Biden Can’t Fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementDuring his first weeks in office, President Joe Biden has appointed by Donald Trump. One controversial figure from Trump’s presidency, however, remains in office: Louis DeJoy, the notorious postmaster general who almost sabotaged mail voting in the fall and continues to gut the agency, creating catastrophic delays throughout the country. Progressives are that DeJoy has kept his post, but Biden’s hands are tied: While the president can fire other high-ranking executive officials at will, federal law bars the president from terminating the postmaster...

Feb 8
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Where the President Got His Lies About Georgia

Where the President Got His Lies About Georgia

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOn Saturday, in a phone call that might have been even more brazen than the one that got him impeached, Donald Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State to “find 11,780 votes” for him in order to flip the state into his column in the presidential election. During the hour-long call, which also included White House Chief of State Mark Meadows, Raffensperger’s general counsel Ryan Germany, and several election lawyers working for Trump, the president repeatedly insisted that he’d actually won Georgia, marshaling a number of falsehoods about voter fraud...

Jan 5
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Republican Senator Will Contest the Electoral College Vote Count

Republican Senator Will Contest the Electoral College Vote Count

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementRepublican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri announced on Wednesday that he plans to object during Congress’ meeting to certify Electoral College votes next week in order to highlight unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and the role of “Big Tech monopolies” in the election. The move will the final confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory by forcing lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to debate and then vote on the objection. “At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the...

Dec 30
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Does HBO’s QAnon Documentary Reveal Who Q Is?

Does HBO’s QAnon Documentary Reveal Who Q Is?

AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Sunday, HBO aired the final two episodes of the six-part documentary series , in which filmmaker Cullen Hoback explores the cancerous QAnon conspiracy theory and attempts to get to the bottom of who exactly is behind it. QAnon is consisting of people who believe that pedophiles control the Democratic Party, Hollywood, and other major institutions, and that former President Donald Trump has been leading a covert effort in conjunction with the military to have these perverts arrested and executed. Many followers also believe that members of this cabal are...

Apr 5
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