3 Stories You Should Read 6/5/2019: Global firewall, YouTube, CNN poll
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In the category of: Polling that matters
A majority of Americans say they think Donald Trump is going to win a second term, according to a CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, even as the President’s reviews on issues other than the economy remain largely negative.
The new poll finds 54% say their best guess is that Trump will win the 2020 election, 41% feel he will lose. Americans are slightly more apt to say Trump will win now than they were to say Barack Obama would win a second term in May 2011, in a survey conducted just after the death of Osama bin Laden (50% thought Obama would win in that poll). The new numbers on Trump are a reversal from December, when a narrow majority of 51% said they thought Trump would lose his bid for re-election.
The shift over that time comes mostly among those who disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency. In December, 81% in that group said they thought the President would lose, and now, that’s fallen to 67%. At the same time, the share who approve of the President and think he will win has held mostly steady (88% now vs. 85% in December).
In the category of: The misused power of social media
The social media giant told Vox’s Carlos Maza that “deeply offensive” opinions don’t violate its anti-harassment policies.
Carlos Maza wrote a series of widely shared tweets last month about Steven Crowder, a conservative YouTuber with nearly 4 million subscribers who has published many videos mocking Maza and his Vox show, “Strikethrough.” In the videos, Crowder regularly refers to Maza with derogatory language. Maza said he wasn’t angry with Crowder himself but rather YouTube’s refusal to flex its regulatory muscles.
In the category: Where the money goes
A “global firewall” is redrawing lines between countries—and people.
The use of facial recognition in airports has long been controversial, with citizens expressing outrage over the abuse of their privacy. This confrontation came to a head recently when San Francisco voted to ban facial-recognition software in law enforcement.
But why do state agencies like Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration have the right to take this data in the first place? What will they do with it—and what delimits their usage? Do we as citizens have the right to refuse?
These are important questions. But they only scratch the surface of the problem, which is the increased use of data—so-called Big Data—in statecraft writ large. Today, states see data as the best (and perhaps only) road towards guaranteeing security. This has led to a virtual land grab with states scrambling for more and better data. As one analyst put it: “Data is the new oil.”
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