FROM Xeni Jardin
Political lines scrambled when it comes to surveillance and the NSA Rep. Devin Nunes says Trump’s campaign may have been caught up in foreign surveillance. There’s a provision in the FISA Act that allows communication between foreigners and Americans to be monitored. We talk about that provision and whether it’ll survive.
US to get more money to fight hackers President Trump’s budget proposes $1.5 billion for Homeland Security, specifically for cybersecurity. Two Russian intelligence officers are charged with hacking Yahoo. McDonald’s claims its official Twitter account was hacked as well.
Does antivirus software still work? New malware has adapted to antivirus software, so how do you protect your computers now? Also, Disney has cut ties with PewDiePie after an anti-semitic stunt, and YouTube has cut his channel from its premium advertising program.
Required for US entry: social media passwords? Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress that his department is getting more serious about the vetting process, which means travelers from certain countries might have to hand over their social media passwords before entering the US.
Does Twitter have what it takes against trolls? Twitter announced this week that they’ll implement a fix to combat repeat trolls. Reddit banned two subreddits yesterday. Snapchat, valued at $25 billion, is expected to publicly file its IPO next week.
Protecting your digital privacy during political protests Hundreds of thousands are expected to show up in cities across the nation to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. Xeni Jardin shares tips for how to maintain your digital privacy.
Net neutrality under Donald Trump FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that he’ll resign on the same day Donald Trump is sworn in as President. Wheeler helped push through rules last year that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. It’s a principle many tech companies have favored. Executives from those companies met with Trump in New York yesterday.
Why did Donald Trump call out Chuck Jones on Twitter? President-elect Donald Trump has been tweeting away again, and yesterday the president of the United Steelworkers Union became the target of his trolling. A spotlight has also been shined on a little girl who’s tweeting from Aleppo.
It just got easier for the FBI to remotely hack your phone An effort to block an expansion of the government’s hacking powers died in the Senate yesterday. Rule 41 allows the FBI to hack into multiple computers across the country with a single warrant.
Social media helped Trump win the White House A good part of the country is still taking stock of how and why Donald Trump won the election. The influence of social media tops the list. Even Trump says Facebook, Twitter and Instragram played key roles in his victory.
Dirty web tricks attempt to disenfranchise voters Some memes and tweets are telling voters they can vote online or by text, which you actually cannot do in any state. Some deceptive ads on Twitter have been targeting minority voters. And Trump bots have been out-tweeting Clinton bots during this general election.
Twitter says goodbye Vine, first emojis say hello MOMA Twitter has killed off Vine, where you can see six-second videos on loop. The decision is not being received well on Twitter. Also, New York’s Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emojis for its permanent collection.
Watergate Offices, Trump Hotel; 'The Price of Illusion' Joan Juliet Buck was fired from the helm of French Vogue and later wrote an ill-timed profile of a tyrant's wife. Now she examines her life in The Price of Illusion. And architecture meets politics in the Watergate complex and Trump's hotel in DC's Old Post Office Building.
Twists and turns on Capitol Hill What’s the political fallout over the GOP health care bill? The investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign also took another twist today. And, will Democrats filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.