Bots & Ballots
By Yahoo News
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In the digital era, information and the social media platforms used to spread it have become weapons of choice for those seeking to short circuit American democracy. Yahoo News' new weekly podcast Bots & Ballots explores the intersection of politics and technology as told by those in Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley trying to prevent a repeat of the infiltration of the 2016 presidential election.
||CleanBill Browder on Rand Paul, Dana Rohrabacher and Russia||Bill Browder made billions in post-Soviet Russia. Then his lawyer was murdered and he became an activist. The man behind the Magnitsky Act talks Putin, Donald Trump and Congress.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist, on Trump and why facts don't matter||"Donald Trump will be the last human president," Scott Adams Tweeted recently. The Dilbert cartoonist talks about Google, Facebook and Twitter and why he thinks the companies are too liberal.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJudd Legum says conservatives bullying Facebook and Twitter||Do conservatives have legitimate complaints about the social networks or are they merely gaming the refs by pretending they do? A fact-check of a Think Progress article has liberals crying foul.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUber's fixer Bradley Tusk on the wave of regulation coming for tech||Bradley Tusk ran Michael Bloomberg's campaign, he also busted through regulation for tech companies like FanDuel and Uber. Tusk talks about fixing politics with cell phone votes and regulation.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJake Sullivan recounts being in the Clinton campaign as it blindsided by the Russian assault||Jake Sullivan was senior advisor to Hillary Clinton's campaign and witnessed Russia's attempts to intervene in our election firsthand.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Isikoff on why Obama didn't stop Russian meddling in 2016||Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo, talks about the Obama administration's response to Putin's actions in the 2016 presidential election.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRep. Denny Heck says Trump collusion with Russia ‘is well-established’||Rep. Denny Heck, a member of the House intelligence committee, talks about the end of the Trump presidency.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKim Zetter on hacking Georgia election and lawyer David Cross on stopping it||Kim Zetter, author of "Countdown to Zero Day," discusses a case of a missing server in Georgia's election system and David Cross, a lawyer with Morrison & Foerster, talks about a lawsuit against the state to get Georgia Secretary of ...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlexander Malkevich is the head of USAReally and says he's not a troll||Alexander Malkevich, the editor of USA Really, a website with ties to the Russian groups indicted by Robert Mueller, says his website isn't fake news.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCory Doctorow on how Facebook's 'surveillance system' swung the election||Science fiction author and privacy advocate Cory Doctorow says Facebook helped Trump's campaign connect with tiny, toxic demographics.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWashington Post editor Marc Fisher on the story of QAnon||Marc Fisher of the Washington Post talks about how technology and the president have super-charged conspiracies.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFBI agent Clint Watts on how Russia worked to get Trump elected||Clint Watts is a former FBI officer who watched Russia's disinformation campaign for the 2016 election develop. He talks about what we can expect for 2018.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuthor Adam Fisher on the complex politics of Silicon Valley||Adam Fisher, author of "Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley, As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom," talks about the libertarian roots of tech and how the Valley ended up (nearly) all-in on Clint...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEx-NSA official Oren Falkowitz: Russian hack of DNC was 'assembly line operation'||Oren Falkowitz, CEO of Area 1 Security and a former NSA official, walks through the DNC hack and concludes it wasn't novel in its sophistication.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbara Simons on why our voting system isn't safe||Barbara Simons is a computer scientist—and she doesn't trust our voting computers. States without paper ballots could be hacked without us ever knowing. And we do know that Russia probed our defenses in 2016.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAngie Drobnic Holan on how Donald Trump broke fact-checking||A conversation with Angie Drobnic Holan, Editor of PolitiFact, about how lies and misinformation can clog the conversation and keep out the real news and how Facebook and Google are helping fact-checkers.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdam Sharp, Twitter’s former head of news, says Trump won't acknowledge threats||Adam Sharp, Twitter’s former head of news, says it's being left to companies to fight online propaganda. And epresentative Derek Kilmer on the chances the Honest Ads Act will pass before the elections.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSamuel Woolley says that bots are already wrecking the 2018 midterms||Grant Burningham interviews Samuel Woolley, Director of the Digital Intelligence (DigIntel) Lab, Institute for the Future, talks about bots — foreign and domestic — and how they are poisoning political conversation around the world.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBots & Ballots Trailer||Bots & Ballots from Yahoo News will launch June 20th, 2018! Look out for new episodes every Wednesday.||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is fantastic! So excited that there is a podcast that explores the intersection of tech and politics. Great addition to my weekly listen-to podcast list.
Important perspective on the news of the day
A close look at the way that technology is shaping politics today. Incredibly helpful to the general reader in need of more context and detail surrounding stories about the spread of disinformation and election meddling.
Interesting and informative!