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March 31,2018 10:00

EDITORIAL | It's Time to Reform Student Assembly Elections

Forty-eight hours after polls closed in this year’s Student Assembly elections, the student body is no closer to knowing just who will represent them for the next twelve months. And now, The Sun has learned that results may not be public until as late as after Spring Break.The reason for this extended protraction is a […]
March 29,2018 08:00

Mapped: The breathtaking global reach of Cambridge Analytica's parent company

More than 100 election campaigns in over 30 countries spanning five continents. That's the astounding, self-proclaimed track record of SCL Elections, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica (CA), a once little-known British political consulting firm that now finds itself in the eye of a storm roiling the US, UK, and Facebook. Earlier this month, it was revealed...
March 26,2018 18:00

Facebook will probably not be helping with Nigeria's 2019 elections after all

These days, having Facebook and national elections in the same sentence inspires more questions than confidence. Over the past week, as the extent of Cambridge Analytica's data harvest has become clearer, Facebook has faced severe questions over its own data policies. In his first public statement since the news of Cambridge Analytica's collection of Facebook...
March 25,2018 10:40

Zimbabwe will use fingerprint ID technology for its 2018 general elections

Zimbabwe’s government has announced that it has awarded and signed the contract for the supply of the fingerprint biometric identity solution with American company, Ipsidy. The de-duplication hardware and software solution to be supplied by Ipsidy will include an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (“AFIS”) which will be used in Zimbabwe’s upcoming 2018 general elections. Ipsidy w...
March 22,2018 12:20

Cambridge Analytica tried to sway Nigeria's last elections with Buhari's hacked emails

New information on the operations of embattled data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica suggests it had a controversial role in Nigeria's presidential election in 2015. A report by The Guardian says Cambridge Analytica, hired by an unnamed Nigerian billionaire to work on the re-election campaign of then-president Goodluck Jonathan, "was paid an estimated £2 million ($2.8...
March 21,2018 22:00

Human Rights Watch: Libya 'incapable' of holding elections

The United Nations should urge the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and competing authorities in eastern Libya to create conditions conducive to a free and fair vote before rushing to hold general elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today.
March 19,2018 23:00

Why Are We Only Now Talking About Facebook And Elections?

Four years ago Obama's campaign was lauded as "masterminds" for harvesting Facebook friend lists to build digital profiles for voter targeting, even recording who they were photographed with, while today Cambridge Analytica is villainized as "exploiting" Facebook - what's changed?