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‘No evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit result via Facebook, Clegg says

‘No evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit result via Facebook, Clegg says

Technology
By Lucia Binding, news reporter There is "absolutely no evidence" that Russia influenced the Brexit result by using Facebook, Sir Nick Clegg has said.The tech giant's vice president said Facebook has run two full analyses of the data it held in the run-up to the 2016 referendum, and found no "significant attempt" by outside forces to influence the vote's outcome. Sir Nick argued on BBC Radio 4 that "the roots to British euroscepticism go very deep". Image: Facebook was not used to influence the Brexit result, Sir Nick said Brexit opponents have repeatedly questioned whether the Kremlin played a role in the vote by promoting stories online on issues including immigration in a bid to sway opinion.Th...
Russia tightens grip on its national net

Russia tightens grip on its national net

Technology
Russia has formally adopted a law that gives its government more control over its domestic internet.The law means the systems that exchange data between the networks forming the Russian internet must share more information with government regulators. It also lets regulators exert direct control over what Russians can post, see and talk about online when national security is threatened.Russian net firms have until 1 November to comply with the law.Widespread protests were mounted in a bid to stop the law being passed.No disrespectThe legislation is part of a long-running plan within Russia to rely less on networks outside the country to help data reach its destination. Instead, Russia wants traffic sent between its citizens to sta...
Defense Department developing ways to counter Russia, China threats

Defense Department developing ways to counter Russia, China threats

Business
April 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department is developing technology, including submarine-launched nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, to counter increasing threats from Russia and China, Pentagon officials told a Senate subcommittee. High-level officials appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee Wednesday to describe the importance of increased defense spending in the Pentagon's budget request for next year. In March, the Defense Department requested $ 718.3 billion in a strategy that "fully recognizes that future wars will be waged not just in the air, on the land, and at sea, but also in space and cyberspace, increasing the complexity of warfare. It modernizes capabilities across all warfighting domains to enhance lethality." Although the spendin...
Mueller report: Trump cleared of conspiring with Russia

Mueller report: Trump cleared of conspiring with Russia

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump's campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report says.The allegation clouded the first two years of Mr Trump's presidency and his allies see the report's finding as a boost to his re-election chances. But Attorney General William Barr's summary is inconclusive as to whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.Opposition Democrats are demanding full access to Mr Mueller's report.Having repeatedly described the inquiry as a witch hunt, Mr Trump said it was an "illegal takedown that failed". Despite the inconclusiveness of the report regarding allegations he obstructed justice, the president said it constituted "...