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Hacker Takes Over Sarkozy's Facebook Account, Says What France Wants to Hear

Yesterday evening, a hacker seized control of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Facebook account, and posted a message that many disgruntled Frenchmen have been dying to hear: "Dear compatriots, given the exceptional circumstances our country is experiencing, I have decided in my spirit and conscience not to run for office again at the end of my mandate in 2012." The fake post then extended an...

Egypt Jails Political Activist for Posting 'Defense Secrets' on Facebook

Over the course of the past few months, the Egyptian government has taken a particularly hard-line stance against Facebook-based activism, many authorities believing it to pose a legitimate threat to President Hosni Mubarak. In March, a military tribunal unsuccessfully attempted to silence a controversial blogger named Ahmed Mustafa, barely three years after Egypt had jailed another writer for...

Cyberattack Cripples Myanmar's Servers, Just in Time for Election

This Sunday, Myanmar will hold its first free elections in 20 years. Whether or not the rest of the world hears about them, however, remains to be seen. Last week, a major cyberattack struck the troubled Southeast Asian country, crippling Internet services just in time for the election. IT security firm Arbor Networks says the country's servers seem to have fallen prey to a Distributed Denial...

CNN Election Set Flooded with iPads, Augmented Reality

Yesterday's midterm elections gave Americans an opportunity to get out and have their voices heard in Washington. For CNN, on the other hand, the election circus was just another opportunity to show off more of its unbelievably unnecessary graphics. In 2008, the network underwhelmed us with holographic teleportation and multitouch displays. The stars of last night's election coverage? iPads and...

Get Out the Vote with Foursquare's iVOTED Badge

Fellow patriots, today is that hallowed November day to which we look forward with hope, optimism and just a dash of disgust: election time! In response to this election cycle's theatrics, mudslinging and endless reminders to vote (even from us here at Switched), Foursquare is getting in on the electoral action with a limited-edition iVOTED badge. Earning it is stupidly simple; just head down to...

Midterm Election Mania: Our Online Guide to Voting in 2010

If you ask us, one of the greatest gifts the Web has given us is the ability to be absolutely neurotic and obsessive spectators of the sport we call politics. Every fumble, dirty play and minuscule statistical update is ours to voraciously devour. With the 2010 midterm elections today, some of you may be wondering how to keep tabs on the flood of electoral news. Thankfully, we're here to help....

Political Candidates Reach Out to Voters With Text Messages

With mid-term elections rearing their ugly head this fall, Congressional incumbents and challengers alike are doing everything they can to squeeze every possible vote out of their constituents. This season, though, candidates have added an extra weapon to their campaign arsenal: text messages. Democratic Senatorial candidate Robin Carnahan, for example, has begun posting signs around Missouri,...

Hackers Attempt to Sabotage Swedish Election With Wily Write-In Codes

Sweden's election regulations feature a quaint guideline that allows voters to write-in their selections by literally handwriting them on slips of paper. During the nation's most recent election, hackers attempted to undermine that system by surreptitiously including codes that could have completely crippled the tabulation process. Sweden openly displays the written votes to maintain...

Bangladesh Lifts Facebook Ban, China Commits to World's Fastest Train

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... "Objectionable" Mohammed content recently inspired Pakistan and Bangladesh to implement Facebook blockades. The site eventually relented to pressure from the two nations and various Islamic organizations by removing the offensive page, prompting Pakistan to lift the ban. Bangladesh followed suit on Sunday by removing its barricade...

Facebook Privacy Debacle an Issue in California Attorney General Race

Share The dust-up over Facebook privacy has entered the political sphere, and we're not talking about the recent push for the FTC to investigate the company. The social network's former privacy chief, Chris Kelly, is seeking the office of California Attorney General, and his role in shaping policy at the company has become a point of contention during the Democratic primary. Kamala Harris,...

Facebook Support for Egyptian Regime Change Helps, But Isn't the Only Option

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who's been in power since Anwar El-Sadat's assassination in 1981, is up for re-election next year. Opposition groups in Egypt have been unable to gain any real political power over the past thirty years, but there may be hope for executive change in Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Facebook may turn out...

Diebold Backs Out of the Controversial E-Voting Machine Market

Diebold's beleaguered venture into the rough and tumble world of electronic voting has finally, and officially, come to an end. Computer World is reporting that Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) has purchased Diebold, Inc.'s election systems subsidiary Premier Elections Solutions. Diebold joined the voting machine fray in 2002 with its purchase of Global Election Systems, Inc.,...

Obama to Webcast the Inaugural Ball Live

It's no secret that President-elect Barrack Obama ran one of the most "connected" campaigns in history. With YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr accounts, and even a spankin' iPhone application, was there anywhere (or anyone) Obama couldn't reach? Those of you who thought all his tech-centric escapades would end after the election, think again: Obama will be Webcasting his first dance...

Buy Obama's Senate Seat on eBay?

What do you do when your anger at the corruption of government officials boils over? Post satirical auctions on eBay of course! In reaction to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's mind-boggling betrayal of public trust and human decency, a bunch of Internet jokesters flocked to eBay to post offers to sell president-elect Barack Obama's senate seat. Several offers were on eBay within hours of...

Obama's Personal Photographer Posts Election Pics on Flickr

It used to be that the only place you could get behind the scenes photos of political campaigns was from established photo-journalists published in mainstream print media outlets like Time and Life. Much like his methods for fund-raising and grass-roots organizing, Obama seems to be taking a more transparent, Web-oriented approach to photography and the campaign image. The historic night with...