Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Colorado Tried a New Way to Vote: Make People Pay—Quadratically

Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

While You Were Offline: Cats Caused the Facebook Outage (jkjk)

Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media reports What Really Happened: You might remember that President Trump declared a national emergency to fund his pet border wall a month ago as a way of saving face after the government shutdown standoff ended with him gaining absolutely nothing that he’d wanted.

Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Security News This Week: Beto O'Rourke Was Part of an Infamous '90s Hacker Group PAUL RATJE/Getty Images This week ended with terror, as a shooting in New Zealand took the lives of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines

States Need Way More Money to Fix Crumbling Voting Machines “We are driving the same car in 2019 that we were driving in 2004, and the maintenance costs are mounting,” one official told the Brennan Center for Justice in a new survey.

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

The DRC's Ebola Outbreak Is an End-of-Year Nightmare

“We are working closely with the supplier to make sure that by the time we’re close to using most of the stockpile, the outbreak will be under control,” says Fall.John Wessels/AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care workers also worry that the upcoming Christian holiday, when many people travel to be with their families, will spread the infection to new areas.

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

But New Knowledge’s report, released Monday, shows a much more sustained and purposeful focus on black Americans—as the IRA went about instigating mistrust in law enforcement and political institutions, while cultivating seemingly authentic narratives of black pride.The report details how black Americans were among the most exploited online communities by the IRA, cataloging how the Russian firm developed an “expansive cross-platform media mirage” that specifically targeted black people by leveraging popular social media sites.

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

You should probably just bring it.In some states you can bring your phone into the voting booth with you, and even post a “ballot selfie,” but in others you can’t, so again, check your local election sites.

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

MoveOn Thinks SoEthan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you are one of the 20 million potential voters that MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, believes could help swing the midterm elections in Democrats' favor, then chances are, over the next few days, you will see a MoveOn–sponsored ad in your Facebook news feed.It'll be a video of a real voter—not an actor or a politician—explaining why he or she is voting for a given candidate.

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

Don’t Be Duped by Voting Misinformation Before the Midterms

There are also third-party tools supported by nonpartisan organizations like Ballotopedia, Democracy Works, and Vote411.org, which allow you to input your address and receive individualized voter information for your area.What People Are SayingThere’s a ton of misinformation out there, and it’s always evolving, but there are a few general themes that come up every election cycle.Voter FraudVoter fraud is a constant boogeyman.

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

But if the idea is to raise voting behavior, I'm not convinced a trivia app is the best way to do it.'University of Kansas professor Genelle BelmasTraditionally, fewer people cast ballots during midterm elections, and young people have especially low numbers when it comes to voter turnout.