“The future of political advertising is connected TV”

…ple based on their interests, purchasing behavior, etc. — just as they are online. Another big shift will be the way these ads are purchased. Unlike traditional TV ads, which are typically purchased ahead of time for a set price, Centro says more than 60% of CTV ads are purchased via programmatic real-time bidding on the ad inventory, which complicates transparency measures. “Providing information on advertiser spend isn’t a simple matter when tra…

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“Pro-Yang PACs take shape as New York mayor’s race enters prime time”

…nd’s White House bid; and Trey Nix, campaign manager for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper…. At least one PAC does not share warm feelings toward Yang: Our City, a group formed by Justice Democrats’ Gabe Tobias, is beginning to raise money to counter Yang’s rise in the polls. “We want to make sure that a progressive candidate wins the mayoral race, and make sure that no voters go in voting for a conservative, nonprogressive candidate and that’s defin…

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“Disability Rights Advocates Press Senate for Internet Voting Option in Voting Reforms”

…e to revise the massive House-passed election reform bill to allow an internet-based voting option for their constituents, who represent one-sixth of the national electorate, and to recognize online voting as a federally sanctioned and regulated voting technology. Their concerns and online voting remedy have come into focus in recent months as upwards of 20 organizations representing voters with hearing, visual, cognitive and mobility impairments…

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“CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation”

…xecutives signed last month in the wake of changes to Georgia’s voting laws. Mr. Chenault told executives on the call that several leaders had signaled they would sign on, including executives at PepsiCo Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc., T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Hess Corp. , among others, according to the people. PayPal confirmed it has signed the statement. PepsiCo, T. Rowe Price and Hess didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. As more…

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“Mississippi Elections Chief Warns Biden May Register ‘Uninformed,’ ‘Woke’ College Voters”

…ar, though, many white Republican and conservative politicians, including U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have increasingly begun using “woke” as an epithet to mock or criticize proponents of anti-racist ideas…. In the WLOX interview, Watson made additional claims about Biden’s March 6 executive order, positing an additional scenario where he implied the president could be sneakily registering people t…

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“Protecting American Democracy Is No Crime; New Laws Could Make Election Officials Legal Targets”

…als’ work, including a catchall “failure to perform duties.” The law was enacted just days after threats to local election officials in her state had escalated beyond name-calling and online abuse: in early March, a live pipe bomb was found in a polling place open for a local election….

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Must-Read Nate Cohn: “Georgia’s New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion”

…s, that could be abused in pursuit of partisan gain. And it’s a risk that H.R. 1, the reform bill congressional Democrats are pushing, does relatively little to address. This is an urgent topic that is analytically distinct from the voter suppression concerns with the Georgia law. Although Nate links here to my recent WaPo column on what to include in H.R. 1, and suggests that it is missing a requirement of “nonpartisan election administration,” I…

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“In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void”

…d extremism. But The News Alerts of Beaver County isn’t home base for a gun-wielding militia, and it isn’t a QAnon fever swamp. In fact, the group’s focus on timely and relevant information for a small real-world community is probably the kind that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg envisioned when he pivoted his company toward communities in 2017. And yet, the kind of misinformation that’s traded in The News Alerts of Beaver County and thousands of…

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“One Republican’s Lonely Fight Against a Flood of Disinformation”

…ndemn a dangerous, dehumanizing and convoluted conspiracy theory that the F.B.I. has assessed with high confidence is very likely to motivate some domestic extremists?” asked Mr. Riggleman, a former Air Force intelligence officer. “We should not be playing with fire.” Six months later, conspiracy theories like QAnon remain a threat that most Republicans would rather ignore than confront, and Mr. Riggleman is out of office. But he is ever more dete…

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“Inside a stealth ‘persuasion machine’ promising Republican victories in 2022”

…ers ahead of the 2022 midterms by reshaping the “cultural narrative” on hot-button issues.ADADVERTISING That goal, laid out in a private fundraising appeal sent last month to a Republican donor and reviewed by The Washington Post, relies on building new online communities that can be tapped at election time, with a focus on winning back Congress in 2022. “We’ve created a persuasion machine that allows conservatives to reach, engage and move people…

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“How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations”

online and chipped in everything he could: $500. It was a big sum for a 63-year-old battling cancer and living in Kansas City on less than $1,000 per month. But that single contribution — federal records show it was his first ever — quickly multiplied. Another $500 was withdrawn the next day, then $500 the next week and every week through mid-October, without his knowledge — until Mr. Blatt’s bank account had been depleted and frozen. When his ut…

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“Georgia’s Election Law, and Why Turnout Isn’t Easy to Turn Off”

…pecially by mail, has a significant effect on turnout or electoral outcomes. The evidence suggests it does not. The fight over the new Georgia election law is only the latest example. That law, passed last week, has been condemned by Democrats as voter suppression, or even as tantamount to Jim Crow. Democrats are understandably concerned about a provision that empowers the Republican-controlled State Legislature to play a larger role in election a…

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Doug Spencer: A Rare Purposive Reading of the Voting Rights Act

…er subsection (a) but rather a category of citizens who make up that class . . . nothing in the statutory text requires each member of ‘a class’ to be of the same race, color, or language minority status.” (slip op. at 47). Judge Jackson also notes that coalitional claims are both congruent and workable under Gingles and he dismisses any logistical concerns. But he also argues that coalitional claims are not just about decoding grammar or logistic…

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“The Fate of Biden’s Agenda Hangs in the Balance”

…mocrats as the 2010 round, because numerous states that had egregious Republican gerrymanders back then now have some sort of impediment to that happening again” (commissions, Democratic governors, interventionist courts). “My best guess,” Stephanopoulos continued, is that the congressional playing field will be a little more tilted in a Republican direction than it currently is, but significantly less skewed than in the early 2010s….

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“On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate; The platform’s tolerance of white supremacist, pro-Nazi and conspiracy theory content pushes the boundaries of the medium.”

…om the Google Play store for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. But Mr. Jones’s programs are still available on Google Podcasts. Told of the white supremacist and pro-Nazi content on its platform and asked about its policy, a Google spokeswoman, Charity Mhende, compared Google Podcasts to Google Search. She said that the company did not want to “limit what people are able to find,” and that it only blocks content “in rare circumstance…

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“Republicans set to quiz tech CEOs on election misinformation tweeted #StopTheSteal themselves”

…y Long (Mo.) and Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga.), tweeted or retweeted posts with the phrase “Stop the Steal” in the chaotic aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Stop the Steal was an online movement that researchers studying disinformation say led to the violence that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Graham Brookie, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said the online Stop the Steal movement was “the coor…

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Under Israel’s PR System, An Islamist-Arab Party Might Determine Who Governs Israel

…yahu bloc of parties would be able to muster at most 59 seats, and the anti-Netanyahu bloc 56 seats. In Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, control of 61 seats is necessary to choose the Prime Minister and decide who heads the government. In a result that defined pre-election polling, a new, more conservative Islamist party — Ra’am — broke off from the other Arab parties and appears to have won 5 seats. That would make Ra’am the kingmaker in deciding which…

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“G.O.P. and Allies Draft ‘Best Practices’ for Restricting Voting”

…l Committee has created an “election integrity’’ committee, a group of 24 R.N.C. members tasked with developing legislative proposals on voting systems. The committee is populated with officials who were deeply involved in the “stop the steal” effort to overturn former President Donald J. Trump’s election loss last year and who have refused, more than two months after President Biden’s inauguration, to admit publicly that his victory was legitimat…

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“Joe Manchin Faces Home State Pressure to Oppose Fellow Democrats’ Voting Bill”

…again underscoring his pivotal role as the Senate’s most prominent centrist. Mr. Manchin is the only senator on the Democratic side of the chamber who isn’t listed as a co-sponsor of the legislation. Last week he told reporters he was still reviewing it. All 49 other Senate Democrats back the bill, which would loosen state voter-identification requirements, expand mail-in voting and mandate online and same-day voter registration as well as early v…

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“Voting rights becomes a new battleground for US companies”

…rs took high-profile stances against racism. “Many of these same companies . . . made bold statements around racial equity. They had a commitment to racial equity, and healing a nation beyond racism,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, one of the groups leading the campaign. “Now it makes me wonder: were their statements disingenuous? Were their statements just a marketing ploy?”…’ Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Polit…

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“Garland is the Last, Best Chance to Uncover Trump’s Role on January 6”

…ed, because most criminal investigations are conducted in secret, via grand-jury subpoenas. Garland could also announce charges, go to trial, and fail to win convictions, a debacle that would reinforce claims from Trump that he is the victim—and the unbowed survivor—of another deep-state plot against him. Yet facts, hopefully, remain weapons. That is why Garland should use his powers as Attorney General to exhaustively, and impartially, reconstruc…

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“Why the effects of Republican efforts to limit voting aren’t clear”

…ways of voting that were popular for Black voters and Democrats in 2020 (e.g. mail voting). Democrats and Black advocacy groups are, of course, up in arms and trying to stop the GOP.We can’t know how these changes, if they come to pass, would affect future elections. But by looking at two of the most prominent moves Republicans are trying to make, we can see it’s not at all clear that Republicans will succeed in helping their electoral prospects….

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“MAGA voters discovered a new home online. But it isn’t what it seems.”

…f high-octane MAGA content. In the nine weeks sincethe Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, SafeChat’s app has been downloaded more times than in all of 2020, quickly becoming a hotbed of conspiracy theories and disinformation that paints President Joe Biden’s new administration in the worst possible light. But the once-obscure social network, which touts its security protections and respect for free speech,is not just MAGA-friendly. It’s also a condu…

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“In Restricting Early Voting, the Right Sees a New ‘Center of Gravity’”

…tal heartbeat could be detected and opposing civil rights protections for L.G.B.T.Q. people. From their shared offices in suburban Virginia, they and their affiliated committees spent more than $20 million on elections last year. But after Donald J. Trump lost his bid for a second term and convinced millions of Americans that nonexistent fraud was to blame, the two groups found that many of their donors were thinking of throwing in the towel. Why,…

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Slimming Down Democracy Reform

…any existing voting opportunities. For his part, Rick would keep some of H.R. 1’s voting and redistricting provisions, add a new coverage formula for the Voting Rights Act, but scrap H.R. 1’s sections on campaign finance, ex-felon reenfranchisement, Supreme Court ethics, and presidential tax returns. Ned’s and Rick’s proposals are both motivated, in part, by a legislative calculation. They think their ideas would be more likely than H.R. 1 to att…

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“‘Dark money’ topped $1 billion in 2020, largely boosting Democrats”

…torically expensive cycle. That’s according to an estimate from OpenSecrets. The billion-dollar sum includes a whopping $660 million in donations from opaque political nonprofits and shell companies to outside groups. In 2020, dark money groups preferred to bankroll closely-tied super PACs rather than spend the money themselves — politically active nonprofits that do not disclose their donors reported roughly $88 million in direct election spendin…

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“Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism”

…ebook is conducting a vast behind-the-scenes study of doubts expressed by U.S. users about vaccines, a major project that attempts to probe and teach software to identify the medical attitudes of millions of Americans, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. The research is a large-scale attempt to understand the spread of ideas that contribute to vaccine hesitancy, or the act of delaying or refusing a vaccination despite its avail…

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“YouTube still hosts extremist videos. Here’s who watches them.”

…ese channels was highly concentrated. Among the 1 in 10 participants overall who watched at least one extremist video, for instance, many watched considerably more. Mean viewership of videos from extremist channels among those who saw at least one was 11.5. In total, 6 percent of participants in the study were responsible for 80 percent of consumption of videos from these channels. Similarly, the mean number of videos from alternative channels wat…

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“From vote to virus, misinformation campaign targets Latinos”

…eas that had been Democratic strongholds. Videos and pictures were doctored. Quotes were taken out of context. Conspiracy theories were fanned, including that voting by mail was rigged, that the Black Lives Matter movement had ties to witchcraft and that Biden was beholden to a cabal of socialists. That flow of misinformation has only intensified since Election Day, researchers and political analysts say, stoking Trump’s baseless claims that the e…

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“The Recount Arizona Republicans Are Calling for Has Big Implications”

…olen votes to whether Republican lawmakers will conduct a credible evidence-centered inquiry. “The Senate has and is doing a 100 percent audit, which is why we fought so hard to have access to all the data and documents,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann wrote on Facebook on March 2. “We are doing extensive research, interviewing, and background checks to make sure we find the best team available… This is and has always been about election inte…

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“Biden Signs Order Meant to Make Voting Easier”

…process during the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 riot that erupted at the U.S. Capitol after that predecessor, Donald J. Trump, repeatedly sought to overturn the election results. The executive order is relatively limited in scope. It calls upon officials at federal agencies to study and potentially expand access to voter registration materials, especially for those with disabilities, incarcerated people and other historically underserved groups….

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Scoring District Plans Instantly

…ironments. What might be the uses of this information? Here are a few: If H.R. 1 becomes law, it would presumptively bar congressional plans with partisan skews above certain thresholds. PlanScore’s analyses could quickly reveal whether draft maps are likely to fall above or below these limits. In states whose constitutions have been construed to prohibit partisan gerrymandering (like North Carolina and Pennsylvania), PlanScore’s analyses could in…

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“The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation.”

…ebook engagement for news sources across the political spectrum between Aug. 10, 2020 and Jan. 11, 2021, and found that on average, far-right pages that regularly trade in misinformation raked in 65% more engagement per follower than other far-right pages that aren’t known for spreading misinformation. That finding was specific to the far right. In every other category — including far left, slightly left, center and slightly right — misinformation…

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“How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot”

NYT: At 1:51 p.m. on Jan. 6, a right-wing radio host named Michael D. Brown wrote on Twitter that rioters had breached the United States Capitol — and immediately speculated about who was really to blame. “Antifa or BLM or other insurgents could be doing it disguised as Trump supporters,” Mr. Brown wrote, using shorthand for Black Lives Matter. “Come on, man, have you never heard of psyops?” Only 13,000 people follow Mr. Brown on Twitter, but hi…

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“Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies”

…tion be overturned, sometimes in deleted posts or now-removed online forums. “Sham-peachment,” they say, and warn that “corporate America helped rig the election.” They call former president Donald Trump a “savior” who was robbed of a second term — despite no evidence — and President Joe Biden, a “thief.” “Patriots want answers,” they declare. The bitter, combative rhetoric is helping the officials grow their constituencies on social media and gai…

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“Mark Changed The Rules’: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures

…llowers could continue to share his lies across the world’s largest social network. “Mark personally didn’t like the punishment, so he changed the rules,” a former policy employee told BuzzFeed News, noting that the original rule had already been in use and represented the product of untold hours of work between multiple teams and experts.“Mark personally didn’t like the punishment, so he changed the rules.” “That was the first time I experienced…

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Trump Lawyers File Supplemental Brief in Supreme Court Urging Court to Hear Challenge to Wisconsin Election Case (Arguing Trump May Run for President Again So Case Falls in a Mootness Exception)

…e critical in a subsequent presidential election…. Footnote 5 reads: See, e.g., “Inauguration Day isn’t the end of the Trump era. It’s just the beginning.” USA Today, January 17, 2021 (“President Donald Trump would enjoy an almost certain early favorite status in an open 2024 Republican primary”), available at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/17/paleologos-polltrump-era-just-getting-started/4196345001/; “It’s still Trump’s par…

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“A quarter of Trump’s 6,081 Facebook posts last year featured misinformation or extreme rhetoric”

…ust seven posts by Trump and his campaign, four of which were for copyright-related issues. Trump and his campaign shared an account. Facebook spokesman Andy Stone pointed out that not all forms of misinformation related to the election or covid-19 were banned by the company, and that Facebook removed Trump’s posts in the handful of instances where executives found that they violated the social network’s policies. In instances when Trump and other…

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“The COVID States Project #39: Public attitudes towards the storming of the Capitol building”

…suppression and intimidation), with Democrats somewhat more concerned (by 7-8 points). Democrats and Republicans were about equally concerned regarding foreign country interference (62% vs 61%). The big differences between Democrats and Republicans emerged with regard to the integrity of the votes that were cast. Republicans were much more worried than Democrats about mail-in voter fraud (80% vs. 32%), illegal votes from non-citizens (79% vs. 33%)…

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“Democracy Is Weakening Right in Front of Us; Is technopessimism our new future?”

…the internet are, in fact, endangering democracy itself. Democracies pay a price for internet freedom, under this view, in the form of disinformation, hate speech, incitement, and foreign interference in elections. Writing separately in an email, Persily argued that Twitter and Facebook allowed Trump both to get around legacy intermediaries and to manipulate them by setting their agenda. They also provided environments (such as Facebook groups) th…

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