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Enough is Enough
The Washington Post — Oct. 24, 2017
In a fine example of putting country before party, Jeff Flake warns the nation of the threat Trumpist populism poses to democracy. Resentment and anger, he reminds us, are not a strategy for governing. As another member of the GOP stands up for the good of the country, one must wonder: how long until the others begin to follow?
Future of Work
Optimism on Automation
The Brookings Institution — Oct. 19, 2017
Zia Qureshi offers a somewhat optimistic take on automation’s effect on the future of work. Though many have warned of automation displacing human labor, Qureshi is hopeful that new technology will generate opportunities alongside those challenges. Even so, we must prepare for the disruption in employment that will likely occur in the short- to mid-term, and ensure we are ready for the inevitable repercussions in our existing labor force.
Closing in on Collusion
The Daily Beast — Oct. 25, 2017
Betsy Woodruff reports that the head of Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm which worked for the Trump campaign, had reached out directly to Julian Assange in an attempt to obtain Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails. As Assange and WikiLeaks are affiliated with Russian intelligence, this is yet more troubling evidence of the Trump team’s close relationship with the Kremlin.
A One-Sided Information War
The Cipher Brief — Oct. 25, 2017
Mackenzie Weingar reminds us that the Trump administration has completely failed to address the national security threat posed by the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign. While we would rather move on from the Cold War, and tried to do so for decades, Russia’s consistent efforts to undermine American democracy cannot be overlooked or ignored any longer.
Tech's Threat to Democracy
Justin Hendrix, David Carroll — May 4, 2017
Justin Hendrix and David Carroll discuss the implications of personal data being used to target specific demographics to influence their vote. They offer a few recommendations for future elections, including a more active role for major tech companies in preserving fair and transparent public discourse.