Brexit Vote Site May Have Been Hacked; Net Neutrality Fight Begins

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm (UTC-5)
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FILE - An illustration picture of postal ballot papers ahead of the June 23 Brexit referendum to decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union, London, June 1, 2016. (Reuters)

FILE – An illustration picture shows postal ballot papers ahead of the June 23 Brexit referendum to decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union, London, June 1, 2016. (Reuters)

UK Lawmakers: Brexit Referendum Website Might Have Been Hacked

Rumors of possible manipulations swirled early on in last year’s Brexit referendum saga. But now, a UK legislative committee says the website that allowed more than a million potential voters to register for the referendum might have been hacked. Last June, the British government extended the registration deadline after the website crashed, an issue blamed on a late rush by young voters. But the committee’s report says it does not rule out the possibility that the crash was the result of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the site.

Google, Facebook, Netflix Lobbyist Tells FCC Not to Destroy Net Neutrality

Lobbyists representing more than three dozen Web giants are urging FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to kill the 2015 net neutrality order. In meetings with Pai, the Internet Association lobby insisted existing net neutrality rules should remain intact, though it did not demand strong regulations for internet service providers and seemed to favor the move to strike down internet privacy rules.

Japan Automakers Look to Robots to Keep Elderly Moving

Japan, which has the world’s fastest aging population, has been a leader in robotics. But now its automakers are shifting strategies to find ways to help the country’s ageing citizens retain mobility. Toyota, the world’s second largest automaker, just launched a rental service for its walk assist system, which helps patients walk again after suffering strokes and other conditions.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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