Election officials must work to combat the spread of disinformation ahead of the 2020 elections. Some are working to combat individual incorrect tweets, while others are turning to statewide emails or YouTube ads.
By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline.org | July 21, 2020
In the face of COVID-19, government agencies looked to drones, thermal sensing and other sometimes controversial tech to help track and trace the virus and maintain public health. Will a newfound open-mindedness last?
A recent torrent of disinformation seems to have inflamed some of the civil unrest inspired by the police killing of George Floyd. Much of the disinformation was "anti-government" in nature, a new report suggests.
By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology | July 17, 2020
There are 78 days between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Many officials expect that those 11 weeks will be rife with misinformation as election results could be delayed by the increase in mail-in ballots.
Black Michigan Democrats have called for a ban on police use of identification technology because of its disproportionate misidentification of people of color. The legislation is part of a larger police reform bill.
As shoppers stay home and the CDC encourages the use of touchless transactions, the amount of cashless payments has seen a steady increase. Some think this could be permanent while others expect a bounceback post pandemic.
By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer | July 7, 2020
Though body cameras are most commonly associated with police, they have now extended into other industries for worker accountability. Body cams are now being used for product tracking, de-escalation and home security.
Many believe that COVID-19, the protests over racial inequity and the upcoming election have increased opportunity for misinformation. Users will have to be especially critical of what they see online.
By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times | July 6, 2020