Much of the explosion in fact-checking organizations is a response to the rapid rise of coordinated efforts to seed disinformation across the internet. Groups in the United States in particular were moved to combat misinformation after a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed that Russia used information warfare to sow division among the American public as a means of boosting its favored candidate in the 2016 U.S. election. President Trump, who is frequently cavalier with the truth, has also prompted a growing number of journalists and nonprofit organizations to correct the record. Calling out disinformation campaigns, viral misinformation, and real information taken out of context has become its own beat at mainstream news organizations. … [Read more...] about Why fact-checking Trump’s lies won’t save our democracy
Role of media in democracy
Each state treats the practice differently, both with regard to qualifications and procedures. In Wisconsin, any member of the public may monitor polls; in Florida, it’s reserved for registered voters from the specific county in which they’re observing. In Louisiana, only one poll watcher can operate per precinct—except for a single designated “super watcher” who can monitor all the precincts in an assigned parish. In Kansas, 14- to 17-year-olds may monitor polls, while in Georgia, all poll watchers must wear identification badges. In West Virginia, poll watchers may not monitor voting at all during the day—but may witness ballot counting after closing. … [Read more...] about Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Which does Trump actually want?
I worry we run the risk of moralizing design when we talk casually about good and bad design. I realize the irony of what I’m saying, considering I brought up “good, honest design,” earlier in the discussion, but I think there’s a distinction between subjectively “good” design and effective design. There’s also a distinction between the process and the final product. Perhaps if we more often tried to consider design as a process that is either effective or ineffective, it would help reduce some of the pretension that sometimes surrounds our industry. In the case of Hillary’s campaign, I’d say securing nearly 55% of the major-party popular vote was an effective outcome in spite of the zero-sum nature of politics. … [Read more...] about Can design help win an election? Experts duke it out
And in a year when more people want to take advantage of early voting, the lack of poll workers can gum up that process as well. “We’ve already seen the consequences,” says Ben Brown, founder and CEO of the AYA. “Poll worker shortages lead to reduced polling locations, long lines, confusion, and ultimately, voter disenfranchisement.” Early voting sites in Fairfax County, Virginia, have already seen long lines—but Hishta says Election Day, when most people are still expected to vote, will be the real crunch, and a turnover of poll workers will be needed throughout the day and night, especially in places like New York City, where polls close at 9 p.m. … [Read more...] about A new generation of younger poll workers is stepping up to protect the elderly from COVID-19
An unprecedented security greeting the side, to be led by South African captain Faf du Plessis, at the Allama Iqbal International airport. Soon after landing in Lahore, the World Eleven players and officials were taken to a five-star hotel on the main Mall road which was closed for traffic from all sides. … [Read more...] about World Eleven arrives in Lahore amid unprecedented security