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Civic Self Defense Resources

by gmoke Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 04:35:45 PM EST

Always useful to start with A Guide to Crap Detection Resources

Then to look at what just happened.  The Shorenstein Center at Harvard's Kennedy School tracked the 2016 election and published what they found.
Media Coverage of the 2016 Election

Combatting Fake News:  An Agenda for Research and Action

Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech

Another academic report from Harvard comes from the Berkman Klein Center at the Law School
Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), is studying how foreign state and other actors are undermining democracy around the world and developing tools to cope.

There is also the AltRight Open Intelligence Initiative
qz.com/1056319/what-is-the-alt-right-a-linguistic-data-analysis-of-3-billion-reddit-comments -shows-a-disparate-group-that-is-quickly-uniting
and the Disinformation Dashboard

Election Protection (http://www.866ourvote.org/) does just that and working down their list of partners is impressive (http://www.866ourvote.org/partners)
There is also the National Election Defense Coalition

Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project provides tools for election professionals at
https:/vote.caltech.edu and http://web.mit.edu/vtp/

The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG)
a small Boston-based team of mathematicians has taken on the mission to study applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting, believing that gerrymandering of all kinds is a fundamental threat to our democracy.
Gerrymandering Resources

The Brennan Center (https:/www.brennancenter.org) is also deep into these issues.  Their 2017 Voting Laws Roundup reports there are more restrictive laws than in 2015 and 2016 combined

They also have a report on Securing Elections from Foreign Interference
and another on other threats to American elections voters should know about

Ed Felton of Freedom to Tinker shares his thoughts on the lessons of 2016 for USA election security

Emptywheel, Marcy Wheeler, who thinks hard and clear on these kinds of issues, offers Democrats a plan for voter protection at
"This is an opportunity to lay out standards, within the framework permitted by federalism, for real election integrity. That might include things like:
Cybersecurity standards for both machines and electoral rolls
Standards for a paper trail on voting
Rules limiting how and when [voting] purges may happen
Affirmative restrictions on identity requirements that impose financial and time costs"

One last suggestion, somebody somewhere should have a day by day plan of action from now to Election Day 2018 to protect the vote because it sure as hell appears as if the Republicans are doing their best to stop people, even eligible voters -- the "wrong," predominantly non-Republican eligible voters - from voting.

More civic self defense resources?
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more civic self defense resources from a more diverse sample of civics guardians, pls.

I have the impression about now that neither further computational analyses of ballots and preferences NOR ICT colloquia hosted by the usual bloggers will cure the cynicism and ennui that late-stage capitalist wealth breeds.

I suppose, that's why those he can join unions.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 08:54:06 PM EST

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