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European cyberattacks signal more Russian election meddling: Microsoft

“Recent cyberattacks discovered by Microsoft validate Europe’s fears that Russia, already blamed for meddling in the U.S. presidential election and the Brexit campaign, is aggressively targeting its parliamentary elections this spring” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The European Union’s elections, from May 23-26, give voters in member nations the chance to choose who represents them in its Parliament.Those included notification of attacks across organizational and personal email systems, security training and previews of the latest protective measures through its AccountGuard initiative. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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With threats of cyberattacks looming over European elections, Microsoft expands AccountGuard cybersecurity program

“To combat this threat, Microsoft is expanding a cybersecurity program called AccountGuard to 12 European countries” writes Nat Levy for geekwire.com. Microsoft AccountGuard offers additional security measures tailored to how these organizations operate.European leaders expect the kinds of attacks that plagued the 2017 French presidential election will continue in European Parliament elections this year.European leaders are on high alert for potential cyberattacks ahead of major elections, and Microsoft reports hackers are also targeting groups focused on democracy, electoral integrity and public policy.Microsoft has recently taken up the mantle of election…

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After US midterms, Twitter extending same political ad protections to Europe

“In an effort to protect the US midterm elections from foreign interference, Twitter introduced tools designed to provide transparency into political ads on the platform” writes Apple Watch Series for 9to5mac.com. To qualify for the policy, candidates, organisations, and individuals seeking to advertise political campaigning content must now undergo a thorough certification process.In addition to increased transparency around political ads, we’ve also formed a high-level internal elections group to lead our electoral integrity work in the region from now until polling day. Source: 9to5mac.com

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Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls

“Twitter said its political campaigning ads policy, introduced during the U.S. midterm elections, will also be launched in India and Australia, both of which are also heading to the polls” writes Chris Ratcliffe for cnbc.com. “Our political campaigning ads policy is being expanded to cover #EUElections2019, providing the general public with an additional layer of insight into who is running a political campaign ad on Twitter,” the company said in a blog post.Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political…

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Report by a UK parliamentary committee into fake news and disinformation, due Monday, is expected to be very critical of Facebook and its “duplicitous” CEO

“It will also call on the government to launch an independent investigation into foreign interference in British elections since 2014” writes Carole Cadwalladr for theguardian.com. It is expected to be savagely critical of Facebook and its “duplicitous” chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who has ignored calls to give evidence to the committee.But it is the committee’s call for an independent investigation into foreign interference in British elections that is likely to be least welcomed by the government.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will publish what is expected to be…

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Italian investors get a preview of what to expect ahead of EU elections in May

“10-year bond yields are up by 8.8 bps on the day currently after Lega lawmaker, Claudio Borghi, provided a glimpse of what to expect ahead of the European Parliament elections in May” reports forexlive.com. If you’re wondering what’s dragging down the euro today, let’s just say that headlines like that won’t help as it only puts more focus on the risks the single currency is set to face in the coming months. As for other reasons, the fact that markets are growing more bearish about the ECB and its inflation…

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What the Thai baht is telling us about the country’s political limbo

“In its largest single-day decline since last October, the Thai baht fell about 1 percent in Friday trade, following the Thai King’s bid to thwart his sister’s nomination as a prime ministerial candidate in the country’s long-awaited elections” writes Dario Pignatelli for cnbc.com. Thai markets, for their part, fell on Monday in early trade, slipping as much as 0.7 percent.That movement came after the surprise nomination of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, 67, as a prime ministerial candidate for the elections in March. Source: cnbc.com

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Thai king’s sister to contest March 24 election as prime ministerial candidate

“The sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been declared as a leading prime ministerial candidate for a party loyal to ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in March 24 elections, registration papers showed on Friday” writes Guillaume Payen for cnbc.com. Separately, the head of Thailand’s military junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said on Friday he will contest the March elections as a candidate for prime minister.Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Varnavadi, 67, broke the long-standing tradition of Thai royalty staying out of politics by entering the election in an unprecedented move. Source: cnbc.com

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Delaying the Brexit deadline could leave the UK with the upper hand

“Typically at the EU, the Commission would propose and enforce the laws for members states and the Parliament would approve or reject those laws” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. His point being that upcoming elections at the EU in May would deliver a more fragmented Parliament with more diverse voices to its policy making. Source: cnbc.com

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