As the pace and magnitude of cyberattacks have increased around the world, a Pew Research Center survey in 26 countries among 27,612 respondents shows that people in multiple countries think it is likely that future hacks will target government data, public infrastructure, and elections. Opinion is mixed, however, on whether their nations are prepared for such events. In many cases, views about a country’s preparedness are shaped in part by partisanship and attitudes toward the party in power. People who support the governing party are often more likely to think their nation can handle a sizeable cyber hack.
Voter turnout will play an important role in determining the relative electoral influence of different racial and ethnic groups. While demographic changes unfold slowly, it’s already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share ever – driven by long-term increases among certain groups, especially Hispanics. At the same time, one-in-ten eligible voters will be members of Generation Z, the Americans who will be between the ages 18 and 23 next year. That will occur as Millennials and all other older generations account for a smaller share of eligible voters than they did in 2016.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” - Rumi
In this divisive and polarized era how do you bridge the political divide between left and right? How do you persuade the people on the other side to see things your way? New research by sociologist Robb Willer and psychologist Matthew Feinberg suggests that the answer is in learning how to cross something they call the empathy gap.
In this episode, Tali Sharot, a cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist at University College London, explains our' innate optimism bias. When the brain estimates the outcome of future events, it tends to reduce the probability of negative outcomes for itself, but not so much for other people. Sharot explains why and details how we can use our knowledge of this mental quirk to our advantage both personally and institutionally.
The news on emails released by Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have prompted public officials to look at their online communication and brand longevity differently. Every elected official is a public brand, and experienced legislators are using creative content and new technologies to cultivate brand loyalty. Here are several lessons we can learn from them.
Campaign emails and digital data are managed separately from legislative communications to ensure compliance and safeguard user privacy. With the increasing occurrence of security breach, elected officials and campaign professionals are opting to centralize their communications in order to minimize potential security risks and maximize opportunities for their campaigns.