politics
Local Elections Test ID-to-Vote System

The government is acting on the problem of voter fraud — even though it doesn't seem to ever really happen or be much of a problem — by testing a system that requires voters to produce a form of ID before being handed their ballot papers. Read More >>

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Citing Russian Ties, America Boots Kaspersky Software From Government Agencies

American government agencies are now banned from using software created by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and will have to begin removing Kaspersky products from their systems within three months, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced recently. Read More >>

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Reports of Russia’s US Election Hack Keep Getting Scarier

A New York Times investigation offered some unnerving news on Friday. Not only was the hacking of electoral systems during last year’s election “more extensive than previously disclosed,” the paper reports, multiple sources say that nobody’s really examining the the attacks on a state or local level. The reasons why are as complex as they are alarming. Read More >>

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It Turns Out That Knowing More About Science Doesn’t Correct Misbelief

When Kevin Esvelt, an evolutionary biologist at MIT, started thinking about using genetically engineered mice to fight Lyme disease, among his first stops was a community meeting in the small Martha’s Vineyard town of Chilmark. Esvelt makes regular field trips to talk to the public about his work. If the potential of tools like CRISPR to solve the problems of disease, hunger and environmental catastrophe is ever to be realise, he reasons, first the public will have to be convinced it is not about to usher in the apocalypse. Read More >>

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Ireland Says the EU isn’t Justified Asking Apple for €13 Billion in Taxes

Corporations are people. That's what we get told. But unlike actual people they somehow manage to get away with paying what seems like a very small amount of tax. Actual people don't like this, even though the companies themselves furiously defend what appear to be obvious tax-avoidance schemes.  Apple is no different, though it seems to have an ally in the form of Ireland's finance minister. Read More >>

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Parliament Spent £130,000 on Pest Control Last Year

It's no secret that the Houses of Parliament cost a lot of money to maintain, particularly when they're in desperate need of renovation. But it turns out there's another big bill MPs need to deal with: the £130,000 needed to deal with all the pests. Read More >>

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Who on Earth Wants to See a Wax Theresa May?

Madame Tussauds, the tourist-ripper-offer extraordinaire, is about to unveil a new attraction. It is working around the clock to try to finish a wax model of Theresa May while she's still prime minister. Read More >>

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Amber Rudd Was Targeted by an Email Troll Pretending to be Theresa May’s New Communications Chief

Pretending to be someone else and conversing with politicians via email seems to be the next big thing in online trolling. Recent victims include members of Donald Trump's family, former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci, and our own nonsense-spewing home secretary Amber Rudd. Read More >>

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New Laws Want to Ensure UK Citizens Get Extra Data Protection Rights After Brexit

Once the UK leaves the EU there's going to be a lot of legislative work to ensure everything goes smoothly, and one of the places that needs it the most is data protection. Well the government is doing something about it, and more than what was initially lauded during the general election and the Queen's speech in June. Read More >>

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The Government Has Issued Stricter Guidelines on Connected Cars

You know how damn near everything can be hacked, including cars? Well the government is a bit worried about that, so it's gone and issued some new stricter guidelines to ensure the security of connected vehicles. Read More >>

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A Conference of Hackers Totally Pwned American Voting Machines

A noisy cheer went up from the crowd of hackers clustered around the voting machine tucked into the back corner of a casino conference room—they’d just managed to load Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” onto the WinVote, effectively rickrolling democracy. Read More >>

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PornHub Has Spoken Out Against the Government’s Plans for Age Checks on Porn

The government has been after our porn for years now, trying various different methods to ensure that accessing them isn't as easy as it could be. All because they're worried people will be bad parents and not do anything to stop their kids from accessing all the freely available smut. Read More >>

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British Troll Fools Trump Administration Officials With His Email Prank

The Trump administration is not exactly known for its critical thinking skills. Read More >>

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That Viral Photo of Theresa May With The Scream Painting is Totally Fake

Have you seen that photo of Theresa May and her fellow Tories in front of the Edvard Munch painting, The Scream? It’s going viral on Twitter at the moment. But sadly, it’s completely fake. Read More >>

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A Microsoft Font Really Did Take Pakistan’s Prime Minister Down

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will resign his position immediately following a landmark decision by his country’s Supreme Court. Sharif has been under fire since last year, when leaked documents appeared to show his family had hidden wealth in shell companies overseas. Earlier this month, investigators revealed that crucial financial documents provided by the Sharifs used Microsoft’s Calibri font but were dated from before that font was publicly released. Read More >>