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Blame Game Continues: Donald Trump denies Russia’s possible hacking into the US political system

U.S government actively encourages organizations to have good anti-virus protections due to Russia's possible hacking into the system

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved. Wikimedia
  • FBI told Arizona election officials that Russians had hacked into their system
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin denies any connection to the cyberattacks

The controversy still rages over Russia’s possible hacking into computer systems used by American political entities. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has warned Russia not to try to interfere with the U.S general election in November. Yet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he doubts that Russia is involved.

The election — the heart of U.S democracy — is at the center of the debate. But before we tell you how … a little background.

The system is decentralized. Votes are collected where people live, and then each state sets up its own security, in its own electoral system, to tabulate its votes. This method is intended to reduce fraud.

So imagine the shock when the FBI told Arizona election officials that Russians had hacked into their system. Experts also blame Russia for hacking into Democratic party emails.

A former U.S ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan, William Courtney, writes that Russia will be seen as a “rogue elephant” if it continues its disruptions.

“Great powers have to work with each other to accomplish objectives. So the United States and China are working together on the global warming issue. A great power can’t exist in isolation,” said Courtney.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved, and Russian President Vladimir Putin denies any connection to the cyberattacks.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin believes any attacks would have to have been approved by key leaders.

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“You have to believe that at the highest levels, that these strategies have been agreed to,” said Cardin.

The worry now for Republican Senator Bob Corker is of any Russian tampering in the general election, which will choose the next U.S president.

“If they can demonstrate that … maybe they affected it, obviously that creates distrust in the outcome, [and] instability, so that’s a big win for them,” said Corker.

Remember the separate state electoral systems? Courtney suggests the Department of Homeland Security should protect election systems as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructures.”

“That would mean that the U.S government will be actively involved to encourage those organizations that have good cyber hygiene, to have good anti-virus protections and other things,” said Courtney.

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But that may be too late to do that for the presidential election, now less than 60 days away. (VOA)

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Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump Discuss ‘The Health of Public Conversation’

Dorsey recently met various world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met US President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss “the health of the public conversation” on the micro-blogging platform.

The 30-minute, closed-door meeting on Tuesday came after an invitation from the White House, reports Motherboard, citing an internal email by Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety.

“Great meeting this afternoon at the @WhiteHouse with @Jack from @Twitter. Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” Trump tweeted later.

In 2016 when President Trump held a meeting with various tech leaders, the Twitter CEO was not invited.

Twitter has been criticized by the Republicans for censoring conversative speech, which the platform has denied.

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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, April 10, 2019. VOA

The micro-blogging platform has also been snubbed by people for allowing Trump to violate its policies by his controversial tweets.

“Some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all,” Dorsey wrote in the email.

“As you know, I believe that conversation, not silence, bridges gaps and drives towards solutions,” he added.

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Dorsey recently met various world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Twitter on Tuesday said its revenue jumped 18 per cent to $787 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018, while its monthly active users went down to 330 million, a year-on-year drop of six million. (IANS)