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electionlineWeekly — June 28, 2018

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VII. Tech Thursday

National Tech: According to an article in The New York Times, eight of the tech industry’s most influential companies — Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, Google, Oath, Snap and Microsoft — met with U.S. intelligence officials to discuss preparations for the 2018 midterms. The company officials met with Christopher Krebs, an under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s newly formed “foreign influence” task force. According to the Times, eople who attended described a tense atmosphere in which the tech companies repeatedly pressed federal officials for information, only to be told — repeatedly — that no specific intelligence would be shared.

Illinois: While some elections officials rely heavily on social media, one Illinois county election official will be staying off Facebook on election day for security reasons. "Locally, [the voter file] is not live. We cannot be hacked," McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael told Illinois News Network. "So the only thing that could disturb a voter is if something gets on social media." The idea, Michael said, is to make sure hackers can't use social media to spread false information about closed polls or problems with voting machines. 

Louisiana: This week, the secretary of state’s office announced that it will take longer than expected to replace the state’s voting machines. Originally a bidder was expected to be selected this month, but that has been pushed off indefinitely according to the Associated Press.