Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

The Day Obama's Facebook Page Went Down, and Other Campaign Security Lessons From 2012

BY Sonia Roubini | Tuesday, August 5 2014

In Fall 2011, during the Obama 2012 campaign, the Barack Obama Facebook page with 34 million "likes" disappeared. Visitors to Facebook.com/BarackObama were automatically directed back to the Facebook homepage, and online searches for the page came up blank. Recalling the incident, Laura Olin, the campaign’s social media manager recently told techPresident that before it happened, she had considered “the possibility of someone hacking accounts and posting inappropriate things, but not the page disappearing altogether." She added, "Facebook said that the problem was internal, but it wasn't clear if someone had disappeared the page intentionally or if it had been a mistake.” As we head into the heat of the 2014 midterm elections, and with 2016’s national campaigns beginning to coalesce, the problem of cyber-security for online political campaigns is just simmering beneath the surface. As is the question of how the press will cover the issue. There are real threats out there, and also plenty of room for confusion. Read More

First POST: Snark vs. Smarm

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, December 6 2013

Tom Scocca's must-read "On Smarm"; Upworthy had 87 million visitors last month; President Obama promises NSA reforms; and much, much more. Read More

Southern California Edison Might Face Enforcement Action For Lax Approach To Cybersecurity

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, June 18 2012

Southern California Edison might face an enforcement action from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for failing to develop timely critical cybersecurity analyses of some specific electronic devices related to the ... Read More

Lieberman Introduces Bill to Open Up Congressional Reports

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

While everyone is going nuts over an impending end to the United States' credit line, Sen. Joe Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and Republican Senators Susan Collins and Tom Coburn, have introduced a bill that ... Read More

Lieberman Strikes Again Against Wikileaks' Web

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 2 2010

Wikileaks had been using Tableau's hosted charting software to display visualization of the State Department cables. Read More

Lieberman's Message to Tech Companies: Stay Away From Wikileaks

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, December 1 2010

Here's a little more detail on how Amazon came to kick Wikileaks off its servers. Yesterday, members of the staff of the Senate Homeland Security committee, which is chaired by Joe Lieberman (D-CT) (I-CT) saw a news ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Pugilist Primary

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 23 2008

Hillary wins PA, boxing metaphors take over the universe; John McCain is the ultimate winner of PA, and liberal groups keep attacking; Off The Bus provides the sanest coverage of the primary; Willie Horton ad-man Floyd ... Read More

Lamont Staffers Cleared of Hacking Charges, Again

BY Joshua Levy | Wednesday, April 9 2008

The Ned Lamont campaign is cleared once again of hacking Joe Lieberman's site in August 2006. Read More

ParkRidge47: Not an R, and Not Bill Hillsman

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 21 2007

It's become a parlor game for the chattering class: Who is ParkRidge47? TechPresident blogger David All has a great post up on his personal site that, at least for me, pretty definitively closes the door on the author ... Read More

The Original YouTube Candidate?

BY Joshua Levy | Tuesday, March 20 2007

Witnessing the continuing brouhaha over the 1984/Vote Different video, it's easy to think that the 2008 campaigns are the first to play with online video. For the sake of context, it's worthwhile to take a step back and ... Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed wednesday >

First POST: Reminders

Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Patient Zero

Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

More