Make no mistake: Facebook is feeling the pressure. Scarred by criticism that it enabled Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social media giant summoned its biggest tech peers to a summit late last month, meeting behind closed doors with Google, Microsoft, Snapchat and others at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The meeting’s objective was proactive — compare and co-ordinate plans of action on how the platforms can best prevent similar foreign attacks, distortions and disinformation campaigns targeting the upcoming American midterm elections. But even as the companies huddled, one of their own senior security leaders sounded a sobering warning: It’s already too late to protect the 2018 election, declared Alex Stamos, Facebook’s recently departed chief security officer. The best the United States can hope for now, said Stamos, is to shift its security effort beyond the vulnerable midterms as “there is still a chance to defend American democracy in 2020,” when Americans choose their next president.
Stamos said he felt “personal responsibility for the failures of 2016.” He described as “sclerotic” the subsequent effort to address the vulnerabilities and warned that “if the United States continues down this path, it risks allowing its elections to become the World Cup of information warfare, in which U.S. adversaries battle to impose their various interests on the American electorate.”
Take the warning at face value and then ask yourself: What about the integrity of Canada’s next federal election? If America democracy stands vulnerable in 2018, are the risks likely to be any less for Canada in 2019?
Full Article: Canada needs to prevent meddling in our elections | The Star.