‘Breadcrumbing’ to ‘obliga-swiping’: These are the new dating terms you’ve never heard of

If you’ve ever used a dating app, or know someone who has, chances are you’ve heard of the term “ghosting,” which refers to a person someone meets in real life but then never hears from again. But what about the people who amass matches but never message them, or those that endlessly swipe just to feel like they’re doing something about their single status? There are several new terms that experts are using to describe people’s behavior on swiping apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Happn. “Obliga-s


If you’ve ever used a dating app, or know someone who has, chances are you’ve heard of the term “ghosting,” which refers to a person someone meets in real life but then never hears from again.
But what about the people who amass matches but never message them, or those that endlessly swipe just to feel like they’re doing something about their single status?
There are several new terms that experts are using to describe people’s behavior on swiping apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Happn.
“Obliga-s
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'Breadcrumbing' to 'obliga-swiping': These are the new dating terms you've never heard of

If you’ve ever used a dating app, or know someone who has, chances are you’ve heard of the term “ghosting,” which refers to a person someone meets in real life but then never hears from again. But what about the people who amass matches but never message them, or those that endlessly swipe just to feel like they’re doing something about their single status?

There are several new terms that experts are using to describe people’s behavior on swiping apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Happn.

“Collectors” are people who match with many others but have no intention of sending messages or meeting up, according to Anna Machin, an anthropologist at the University of Oxford.

“We know from research that there are some people who use dating apps who aren’t necessarily there to find a match, but they are competitively seeing how many matches they get, so they’re not necessarily going to actually connect with anybody. They’re called ‘collectors’ and they are simply there to boost their own self-esteem maybe by getting however many matches a day,” she told CNBC.

Men are much more likely to swipe right on every profile they see, according to a 2016 study of heterosexual behavior on Tinder. It showed that 35% of men “casually liked” most profiles, while zero women reported doing so. Ninety-one percent of women said they only liked profiles they were attracted to, while 72% of men said the same.

“Obliga-swiping,” is another phrase and it refers to the act of searching for a match on an app. “There’s another new term that has come out called ‘obliga-swiping,’ which is you swipe, and then you tell yourself you are doing something to find a partner, but actually you never ever take it any further,” Machin explained.

Consumers spent $2.2 billion in dating apps in 2019 according to App Annie, an app data tracker. These in-app purchases included upgrades so users can see who has liked them or to have more control over their profile such as hiding their age or location. And it’s companies such as Match Group — which owns the apps Tinder and Hinge, as well as Match.com and OKCupid — and Magic Lab, owner of Bumble and Badoo, which make up a large part of the online dating market.


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Pinterest shares fall after Facebook releases new copycat app

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann speaks in conversation with Matthew Lynley of TechCrunch during the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 on September 18, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Pinterest shares slid more than 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday after news broke that Facebook has released a competing app. The new app is called Hobbi and was released in Colombia, Belgium, Spain and the Ukraine, according to The Information, which was the first to spot the new Facebook product. “Organize your phot


Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann speaks in conversation with Matthew Lynley of TechCrunch during the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 on September 18, 2017 in San Francisco, California.
Pinterest shares slid more than 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday after news broke that Facebook has released a competing app.
The new app is called Hobbi and was released in Colombia, Belgium, Spain and the Ukraine, according to The Information, which was the first to spot the new Facebook product.
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Pinterest shares fall after Facebook releases new copycat app

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann speaks in conversation with Matthew Lynley of TechCrunch during the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 on September 18, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

Pinterest shares slid more than 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday after news broke that Facebook has released a competing app.

The new app is called Hobbi and was released in Colombia, Belgium, Spain and the Ukraine, according to The Information, which was the first to spot the new Facebook product.

“Organize your photos into visual collections and see the progress you’re making over time,” reads the app’s description.

Though Hobbi has thus far had a limited release, its features would make it a direct competitor to Pinterest, which is a social media network to sharing photos and other material organized by topic.

Hobbi was developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team, a unit launched by the company in July to develop consumer-focused apps.


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China launches coronavirus app to detect whether users have come in ‘close contact’ with the sick

China has released a mobile app that tracks people and alerts them if they have been in “close contact with someone infected” with the new coronavirus. The “close contact detector” was released Saturday night, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua. China’s National Health Commission defines close contact as someone who has been close to someone who is infected or is suspected of being infected, according to the report. Both the General Office of the State Council and the National Health


China has released a mobile app that tracks people and alerts them if they have been in “close contact with someone infected” with the new coronavirus.
The “close contact detector” was released Saturday night, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.
China’s National Health Commission defines close contact as someone who has been close to someone who is infected or is suspected of being infected, according to the report.
Both the General Office of the State Council and the National Health
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China launches coronavirus app to detect whether users have come in 'close contact' with the sick

A woman wearing a protective mask looks at her mobile phone while waiting for transport at Hongqiao high-speed railway station before Lunar New Year in Shanghai, China, Jan. 22, 2020.

China has released a mobile app that tracks people and alerts them if they have been in “close contact with someone infected” with the new coronavirus.

The “close contact detector” was released Saturday night, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua. Users scan a QR code on popular Chinese apps like WeChat and QQ, and submit their name, phone number and government-issued ID number to request information about whether they have been in close contact with anyone infected by the virus.

China’s National Health Commission defines close contact as someone who has been close to someone who is infected or is suspected of being infected, according to the report. It also includes potential cases, the report said, such as family members and caregivers as well as passengers and crew members who have been on the same train or plane as those suspected of being exposed to the virus.

Once users enter their name and ID number, the app will tell them whether they were in close contact with someone infected, the report said, adding that each registered phone number can run the search for three different ID numbers.

If the app determines a user is at risk, the report said they are advised to stay home and get in touch with local health authorities.

It is the latest effort by the Chinese government to use its sprawling surveillance system to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. The virus has now spread from the epicenter of Wuhan in central China to nearly every Chinese province and internationally, infecting more than 40,000 and killing more than 900 people, mostly in China.

The state news report, shared Monday on the website of China’s National Health Commission, does not detail how the app works, but said several government agencies collaborated “to ensure accurate, reliable and authoritative data.”

Both the General Office of the State Council and the National Health Commission played a hand in creating the app, the report said, as well as the state-owned enterprise China Electronics Technology Group Corp., or CETC.

The CETC said it received data from several government agencies to create the app, the report said, including data from the National Health Commission, the Ministry of Transport, China Railway and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.


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Amazon Flex drivers are using bots to cheat their way to getting more work

Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco. Like many gig economy workers, Amazon Flex drivers start off their day by opening an app. But for many drivers, bots are their key to making Flex work worthwhile. “We’re committed to creating fair opportunities for our delivery partners to secure delivery blocks,” the spokesperson said. “The use of third party tools to accept work creates an unfair advantage, is against our


Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco.
Like many gig economy workers, Amazon Flex drivers start off their day by opening an app.
But for many drivers, bots are their key to making Flex work worthwhile.
“We’re committed to creating fair opportunities for our delivery partners to secure delivery blocks,” the spokesperson said.
“The use of third party tools to accept work creates an unfair advantage, is against our
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Amazon Flex drivers are using bots to cheat their way to getting more work

Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco.

Like many gig economy workers, Amazon Flex drivers start off their day by opening an app.

The Flex app is where drivers find package delivery jobs in their area. After they log in, drivers will repeatedly tap a big orange refresh button until delivery shifts, referred to as “blocks,” appear on the screen.

As soon as blocks pop up, drivers race to claim one of a handful of available shifts. They have seconds to claim a shift by swiping on the block then tapping “accept” on the screen. New shifts appear in the app at seemingly random intervals, and if they don’t swipe and tap fast enough, the block disappears. The competition can be cutthroat, with hundreds of drivers competing for a handful of blocks at the same time.

In response, some Flex drivers have begun using bots — combinations of hardware and software meant to mimic the action of tapping on blocks — to increase their odds of winning a coveted shift. Bots also remove some of the frustrations of the Flex app, like having to hit refresh constantly.

Using a bot is technically cheating and against Amazon’s policies. But for many drivers, bots are their key to making Flex work worthwhile.

Amazon Flex, launched in 2015, remains a side hustle for some drivers, but for others, it has become one of their primary sources of income. The program uses everyday drivers to deliver packages from their own vehicles and operates in about 50 cities. Drivers earn $18 to $25 an hour depending on the type of block, but as independent contractors, they’re responsible for any costs associated with their vehicle, like gas, tolls and maintenance.

By letting a bot do some of the gruntwork, users can get blocks faster than a human would be able to. But they also run the risk of Amazon suspending them from the app, since the Flex terms of service prohibit the use of programs or scripts “for the purpose of surveying, manipulating or data mining.” If drivers are blocked from using the app, they can’t get Flex jobs.

Despite the risks, bots have become an increasingly common tool for Flex drivers. Many have grown frustrated with the intense and often unpredictable nature of grabbing shifts, or they simply want to make more money, according to several current and former Flex drivers. Some of them spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation from Amazon.

“Their business model is basically one that acts like someone tossing a fish into a bucket of lobsters,” said Jonathan Lee Provost, a former Flex driver. “We all have to fight for a meal and literally have to manually tap several times per second, nonstop, until we see a block.”

Drivers also join Facebook groups for other Flexers in their neighborhood, where people alert group members when shifts are posted, said Chad Polenz, an Amazon Flex driver and YouTuber who posts videos about his experience as a gig economy worker. In his two years as a Flex driver in Florida, Polenz said he has learned that Amazon usually drops new shifts in the app around 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“You start to learn when shifts become available, but there’s no guarantee you’ll open the app and something will be there,” Polenz said. “It’s completely unpredictable.”

An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC that the company prohibits the use of bots.

“We’re committed to creating fair opportunities for our delivery partners to secure delivery blocks,” the spokesperson said. “The use of third party tools to accept work creates an unfair advantage, is against our policies, and can result in removal from the Amazon Flex program.”


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SoftBank-backed taxi app Ola launches in London, looking to topple Uber as No. 1 player

The Ola app displayed on a smartphone. Mint | Hindustan Times | Getty ImagesIndian ride-hailing app Ola has launched in London, where Uber faces the threat of being banned, as it aims to topple the Silicon Valley giant as market leader in the U.K. capital. “We aspire to be the market leader in London,” Simon Smith, Ola’s head of international, told CNBC in an interview. According to TfL, drivers were able to game Uber’s system to pick up passengers without being authorized. Its app also has an e


The Ola app displayed on a smartphone.
Mint | Hindustan Times | Getty ImagesIndian ride-hailing app Ola has launched in London, where Uber faces the threat of being banned, as it aims to topple the Silicon Valley giant as market leader in the U.K. capital.
“We aspire to be the market leader in London,” Simon Smith, Ola’s head of international, told CNBC in an interview.
According to TfL, drivers were able to game Uber’s system to pick up passengers without being authorized.
Its app also has an e
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SoftBank-backed taxi app Ola launches in London, looking to topple Uber as No. 1 player

The Ola app displayed on a smartphone. Mint | Hindustan Times | Getty Images

Indian ride-hailing app Ola has launched in London, where Uber faces the threat of being banned, as it aims to topple the Silicon Valley giant as market leader in the U.K. capital. The company, which shares tech investing juggernaut SoftBank as an investor with Uber, rolls out its taxi-booking service in the city on Monday. The firm’s app is similar in many ways to Uber’s but has a few safety-focused features it says make it stand out. For instance, when a passenger gets into a car, they have to input a unique four-digit code before the driver can start the trip. It also comes packed with an artificial intelligence-powered system called Guardian, which picks up on deviations in route patterns and gets Ola to check with the driver or customer that “nothing untoward” is happening. “We aspire to be the market leader in London,” Simon Smith, Ola’s head of international, told CNBC in an interview. “We believe that, with our proposition around quality and safety, offering a great experience not only for customers but drivers as well, there is no reason why we can’t be market leader in this market.”

The firm has already registered over 25,000 drivers in London, just over half of Uber’s 45,000 in the city. It’s also partnered with the training unit of U.K. motoring association AA, education firm Pearson and consulting giant Mercer to test its drivers on risk assessment, English speaking and customer service. Ola’s arrival in London comes as its key rival, Uber, fights for survival in the city. Local regulator Transport for London (TfL) decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in November, citing a “pattern of failures” that put the safety of its passengers at risk. For now, the company can continuing operating in London as it appeals the decision. According to TfL, drivers were able to game Uber’s system to pick up passengers without being authorized. It says they were able to do this by uploading their photos to another driver’s account. This happened in at least 14,000 trips and some of the drivers were unlicensed, TfL said. Asked whether Ola’s system could be similarly exploited, Smith said he’s “confident there won’t be an issue,” but if there is, it’ll contact the regulators to “explain what’s happened and what our plan is to rectify it.” Its app also has an emergency tool that can be selected to alert Ola, a customer’s relatives and the emergency services.

Ola Head of International Simon Smith. Ola


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Pinterest shares surge after earnings beat

Pinterest shares climbed as much as 17.1% in after-hours trading on Thursday following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report. For the year, Pinterest said it expects revenue to come in at up to $1.52 billion, compared with consensus estimates of $1.5 billion. Last quarter, Pinterest said it redesigned the app to make it easier for users to discover new ideas. Pinterest said global monthly active users, or MAUs, rose 26% year over year to 335 million. International MAUs climbed 35% to 247


Pinterest shares climbed as much as 17.1% in after-hours trading on Thursday following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report.
For the year, Pinterest said it expects revenue to come in at up to $1.52 billion, compared with consensus estimates of $1.5 billion.
Last quarter, Pinterest said it redesigned the app to make it easier for users to discover new ideas.
Pinterest said global monthly active users, or MAUs, rose 26% year over year to 335 million.
International MAUs climbed 35% to 247
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Pinterest shares surge after earnings beat

Ben Silbermann, co-founder and chief executive officer of Pinterest Inc., center, rings the opening bell on the floor on the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in New York, on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Pinterest shares climbed as much as 17.1% in after-hours trading on Thursday following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report. The company beat on both the top and bottom lines for the quarter.

Here are the key numbers:

Earnings per share: 12 cents, excluding some items, vs. 8 cents forecast by Refinitiv

12 cents, excluding some items, vs. 8 cents forecast by Refinitiv Revenue: $400 million, vs. $371 million expected per Refinitiv

$400 million, vs. $371 million expected per Refinitiv Monthly active users: 335 million, vs. 331.3 million forecast by FactSet

335 million, vs. 331.3 million forecast by FactSet Average revenue per user: $1.22, vs. $1.14 forecast by FactSet

Pinterest’s 2020 full-year outlook also exceeded analysts’ expectations. For the year, Pinterest said it expects revenue to come in at up to $1.52 billion, compared with consensus estimates of $1.5 billion.

The results show that Pinterest’s recent adjustments to the app seem to be paying off. Last quarter, Pinterest said it redesigned the app to make it easier for users to discover new ideas.

CEO Ben Silbermann said the company continued to improve the “foundation of the Pinterest app” in the fourth quarter by strengthening recommendations and the shopping experience, as well as speeding up the performance of the platform. In 2020, Pinterest intends to focus on “delivering relevant content, ads and shopping experiences,” he added.

Pinterest said global monthly active users, or MAUs, rose 26% year over year to 335 million. International MAUs climbed 35% to 247 million, while U.S. MAUs increased 8% to 88 million. In recent months, the company has focused on expanding in Europe, after adding six new markets in 2019.


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Google Maps is getting a big new update on iPhone and Android — here’s what’s new

Google Maps has announced a a big new redesign for the app on Android and iPhone that will begin rolling out now. Google demonstrated some of the features during a briefing with CNBC ahead of the launch, which coincides with the service’s 15th birthday. In addition to the Commute and Explore buttons, which were already in the app, you’ll soon see buttons labeled “Saved,” Contribute” and “Updates.” As a quick refresher: Commute shows you how long it’ll take to get to work based on your transporta


Google Maps has announced a a big new redesign for the app on Android and iPhone that will begin rolling out now.
Google demonstrated some of the features during a briefing with CNBC ahead of the launch, which coincides with the service’s 15th birthday.
In addition to the Commute and Explore buttons, which were already in the app, you’ll soon see buttons labeled “Saved,” Contribute” and “Updates.”
As a quick refresher: Commute shows you how long it’ll take to get to work based on your transporta
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Google Maps is getting a big new update on iPhone and Android — here's what's new

Google Maps has announced a a big new redesign for the app on Android and iPhone that will begin rolling out now. In March, it’ll receive a couple of new features, too.

Google demonstrated some of the features during a briefing with CNBC ahead of the launch, which coincides with the service’s 15th birthday.

The redesign makes the app easier to use and doesn’t require as much digging to find some options. It focuses on five icons on the bottom of the screen, three of which are new.

In addition to the Commute and Explore buttons, which were already in the app, you’ll soon see buttons labeled “Saved,” Contribute” and “Updates.”

As a quick refresher: Commute shows you how long it’ll take to get to work based on your transportation preference. Explore shows you restaurants, upcoming events, and featured lists from other Google Maps users.


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Results for Iowa caucuses delayed as state Democratic Party finds ‘inconsistencies’

The Iowa presidential caucuses were thrown into chaos late Monday after the state Democratic Party said it found “inconsistencies,” delaying results and causing widespread confusion across the state. The Iowa Democratic Party said early Tuesday that it would release the results of the Iowa caucuses later Tuesday after “manually verifying all precinct results.” That system is taking longer than expected, but it’s in place to ensure we are eventually able to report results with full confidence.” T


The Iowa presidential caucuses were thrown into chaos late Monday after the state Democratic Party said it found “inconsistencies,” delaying results and causing widespread confusion across the state.
The Iowa Democratic Party said early Tuesday that it would release the results of the Iowa caucuses later Tuesday after “manually verifying all precinct results.”
That system is taking longer than expected, but it’s in place to ensure we are eventually able to report results with full confidence.”
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Results for Iowa caucuses delayed as state Democratic Party finds 'inconsistencies'

The Iowa presidential caucuses were thrown into chaos late Monday after the state Democratic Party said it found “inconsistencies,” delaying results and causing widespread confusion across the state.

The Iowa Democratic Party said early Tuesday that it would release the results of the Iowa caucuses later Tuesday after “manually verifying all precinct results.”

Party chair Troy Price said the party is “validating every piece of data we have against our paper trail. That system is taking longer than expected, but it’s in place to ensure we are eventually able to report results with full confidence.”

The state Democratic party’s communications director, Mandy McClure, said on Monday night that there were “inconsistencies” in the reporting of three sets of results. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,” McClure said.

“This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down, and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” McClure added.

The state party had earlier said it was carrying out “quality control checks, making sure the numbers are accurate.”

The state party hosted a conference call with the campaigns sometime after 11 p.m. ET, but sources confirmed that party leaders hung up as campaign officials pressed for more information about the various reporting issues and when they would receive more data and results. The call became very heated, sources said.

As the state party scrambled to sift through three sets of numbers, election workers struggled to use a new smartphone app created for caucus organizers to calculate and report results.

“The app is the issue, and the hotline is smoked,” said Joe Galasso, a volunteer in charge of new registrations for Waukee Precinct 2, in Dallas County. A source familiar with the process said the backup phone line was “a disaster.”

Another source was more blunt: “The app is f—ing up,” said a senior aide to one of the campaigns, who asked not to be identified. “Can’t trust the numbers coming in.”

Shawn Sebastian, the caucus secretary in Ames, told MSNBC that he’d been on hold on the hotline for about two hours. “They said that they’ll be with me in the order in which you know, I got on hold,” he said, “and there was moment where they did connect for like one second about half an hour ago and then I just wasn’t responsive quick enough and they just hung up on me. So I’m back in line.”

NBC News previously reported that security experts had expressed some concern about the app. The new app — which is supposed to be used in the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, as well — first showed signs of trouble earlier in the day, with some precinct leaders and county chairs saying they were unable or unwilling to use it.

The reporting of results was further complicated by new caucus rules that, for the first time, divided the results into three sets:

The “first expression of preference,” when caucusgoers pick their favorite candidate.

Vote totals from the “final alignment,” when backers of contenders who don’t do well have to pick another candidate. “Uncommitted” can be a choice (it won in 1972 and 1976).

The total number of “state delegate equivalents” — the local delegates who will later pick the state’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention — won by each candidate.

Some of President Trump’s allies capitalized on the delay to sow confusion and doubt. Brad Parscale, campaign manager for the president’s re-election bid, tweeted: “Quality control = rigged?”

The delay appeared to rankle some of the campaigns. In a letter to the state party, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign shredded “considerable flaws” in the night’s reporting system.

“The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the Party’s back-up telephonic reporting system likewise has failed. Now, we understand that Caucus Chairs are attempting to — and, in many cases, failing to — report results telephonically to the Party. These acute failures are occurring statewide,” Dana Remus, Biden’s general counsel, said in the letter.

In an exchange with reporters, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign manager, Roger Lau, said the delay did not inspire confidence: “Every second that passes sort of undermines the process a little bit.”

Shortly after 11 p.m. ET, no results had been reported — a much slower process than had been expected. At about the same time in the 2016 caucuses, roughly 90 percent of the vote had been reported. The party said it would release information about the results as soon as it passes quality control, adding that it was taking additional steps out of an abundance of caution.

“What we know right now is that around 25 percent of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016,” McClure said.


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Iowa caucus debacle is one of the most stunning tech failures ever

The Iowa caucus debacle represents one of the most stunning failures of information security ever. “Last night, more than 1,600 precinct caucuses gathered across the state of Iowa and at satellite caucuses around the world,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a statement Tuesday. The application’s reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately,” the Iowa Democratic Party statement said. Voters will surely be asking the Iowa Democrats to prove how they know


The Iowa caucus debacle represents one of the most stunning failures of information security ever.
“Last night, more than 1,600 precinct caucuses gathered across the state of Iowa and at satellite caucuses around the world,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a statement Tuesday.
The application’s reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately,” the Iowa Democratic Party statement said.
Voters will surely be asking the Iowa Democrats to prove how they know
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Iowa caucus debacle is one of the most stunning tech failures ever

The Iowa caucus debacle represents one of the most stunning failures of information security ever. This failure was delivered by the same Iowa Democratic Party officials who have said for the last four years they were “ramping up” their technology capabilities, convening seemingly endless security task forces to ensure foreign powers did not disenfranchise voters, and collaborating with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security to make sure everyone was in the loop on voting security. Voters will be paying close attention to how party leaders ensure that votes going forward have clear contingency plans in place, not just to protect against hackers, but from all types of technology failures, including applications that might not work.

What happened?

Iowa officials counting the results coming in Monday from the caucusing app reported irregularities that required them to switch from the app to counting votes manually. Party officials said the “underlying data” put into the app was fine, but it is unclear as of yet how they know this or even what they consider “underlying data.” “Last night, more than 1,600 precinct caucuses gathered across the state of Iowa and at satellite caucuses around the world,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a statement Tuesday. “As precinct caucus results started coming in, the IDP ran them through an accuracy and quality check. It became clear that there were inconsistencies with the reports. The underlying cause of these inconsistencies was not immediately clear, and required investigation, which took time.” Read more: Nevada Democrats say they won’t use the app involved in Iowa caucus The Iowa Democrats were using an application made by a partisan progressive start-up named Shadow Inc., managed by a nonprofit investment company called Acronym. In a statement, Acronym distanced itself from Shadow. “We are reading confirmed reports of Shadow’s work with the Iowa Democratic Party on Twitter and we, like everyone else, are eagerly awaiting more information … with respect to what happened,” Acronym said in a statement. Iowa Democrats explained that backup measures for the Shadow app took “longer than expected.” “We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed. The application’s reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately,” the Iowa Democratic Party statement said. Voters will surely be asking the Iowa Democrats to prove how they know the information is accurate with so many reported irregularities. Shadow apologized on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. “We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it has caused to the candidates, their campaigns, and Democratic caucus-goers.”

Why did it happen?

The Iowa Democrats and Democratic National Committee will have to answer several puzzling questions about why they chose to use the application in the first place. First, in 2016, the Iowa caucuses used an application made by Microsoft, which worked. It’s unclear why they didn’t keep the same application, created by an established company instead of one from an untested start-up. Microsoft is making sure people know it didn’t make this year’s app. “We had a great partnership with the Iowa political parties in 2016, but we are not part of the caucuses this year and have not been involved in building or supporting their app,” a company spokesperson tweeted. Second, in August, the Democratic National Committee recommended Iowa stop using an app altogether. The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to follow those recommendations. It said a security review had determined the virtual caucus did not meet standards for cybersecurity and reliability. “We are — over the last week and continuing today and in the days ahead — continuing to look at what options might be available to us given the time frame that’s left,” Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said in September, according to NPR. “We know there’s not a lot of time left. There’s 4.5 months between now and when Iowans head to the caucus sites.” DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Tuesday that the app “was not vetted for cybersecurity.” Now, Iowa is scrambling for answers.

Cybersec vs. Infosec: Why it matters here


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Nevada Democrats say they won’t use the app involved in Iowa debacle

“NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd,” state party chair William McCurdy said in a statement. “We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus.” The Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday that a majority of the results will be released by 5 p.m. Shadow wrote in a post on Twitter on Tuesday that it regretted the delayed reporting of the Iowa caucus results. The parties in those states were larg


“NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd,” state party chair William McCurdy said in a statement.
“We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus.”
The Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday that a majority of the results will be released by 5 p.m.
Shadow wrote in a post on Twitter on Tuesday that it regretted the delayed reporting of the Iowa caucus results.
The parties in those states were larg
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Nevada Democrats say they won't use the app involved in Iowa debacle

The Nevada Democratic Party said on Tuesday that they will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their Feb. 22 election contest after reports showed that the party had paid the technology firm behind it nearly $60,000 last year.

“NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd,” state party chair William McCurdy said in a statement. “We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus.”

McCurdy said the party had “already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems, and are currently evaluating the best path forward.”

The app used in the Iowa caucuses was developed by the progressive tech firm Shadow Inc., which is managed by a nonprofit investment company called Acronym.

Read more: Iowa caucus debacle is one of the most stunning tech failures ever

Election officials detected irregularities in voting data during the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday which required them to switch to counting votes manually.

The issue delayed the reporting of the first results of the Democratic presidential primary, sowing confusion about the state of the closely fought race and earning the ire of the major contenders, who all projected confidence in election night speeches despite the dearth of official data.

The Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday that a majority of the results will be released by 5 p.m. ET. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the race’s national front-runner, has called on the party to allow candidates to review the quality control measures that are being implemented “before any official results are released.”

Acronym sought to distance itself from the debacle, issuing a statement saying that “we, like everyone else, are eagerly awaiting more information.”

Shadow wrote in a post on Twitter on Tuesday that it regretted the delayed reporting of the Iowa caucus results.

“As the Iowa Democratic Party has confirmed, the underlying data and collection process via Shadow’s mobile caucus app was sound and accurate, but our process to transmit that caucus results data generated via the app to the IDP was not,” the company wrote. The company said it was “committed to improving and evolving to support the Democratic Party’s goal of modernizing its election processes.”

Ahead of the caucuses, concerns about the app were already mounting, compounding criticism of a primary process that for decades has given outsized influence to a relatively homogeneous state with a population just north of 3 million people.

In August, the Democratic National Committee recommended Iowa and Nevada scrap the mobile-based vote process.

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to follow those recommendations. It said a security review had determined the app did not meet standards for cybersecurity and reliability.

DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Tuesday that the app “was not vetted for cybersecurity.” But despite those concerns, both states pushed forward with the using the application.

The parties in those states were largely silent in the run-up to the Iowa caucus about who developed the app.

Microsoft had previously designed a voting app used in Iowa in 2016, but the company did not have a hand in creating the 2020 app, a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC.


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