Researchers say a Project Veritas video accusing Ilhan Omar of voter fraud was a ‘coordinated disinformation campaign.’

A deceptive video released on Sunday by the conservative activist James O’Keefe, which claimed through unidentified sources and with no verifiable evidence that Representative Ilhan Omar’s campaign had collected ballots illegally, was probably part of a coordinated disinformation effort, according to researchers at Stanford University.

Mr. O’Keefe and his group, Project Veritas, appear to have made an abrupt decision to release the video sooner than planned after The New York Times published a sweeping investigation of President Trump’s taxes, the researchers said. They also noted that the timing and metadata of a Twitter post in which one of Mr. Trump’s sons shared the video suggested that he might have known about it in advance.

Project Veritas had hyped the video on social media for several days before publishing it. In posts amplified by other prominent conservative accounts, Mr. O’Keefe teased what he said was evidence of voter fraud, and urged

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Microsoft outage was not part of ‘coordinated campaign,’ says cybersecurity agency

The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) says a widespread Microsoft email outage Monday was not part of a “broader coordinated campaign” — but they’re still keeping an eye out for possible malicious activity.

logo: A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.

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A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.

Microsoft reported that a number of users in North America lost access Monday afternoon to its “Microsoft 365” services, including Outlook mail, Microsoft Teams and Teams Live Events, as well as services.


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The company said late Monday night that the incident had been resolved and that “any users still experiencing impact should be mitigated shortly.”

Officials with CISA, the cybersecurity arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that “at this point we have no indication of a broader coordinated campaign.”

“We’re working with a

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Closing the Technology Opportunity Gap Takes Coordinated Effort

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The tech industry’s diversity problem is well documented, particularly among the giants.

Take Facebook, for example. From 2013 to 2018, its US employee base grew more than six times to 27,705, but by fewer than 1,000 Black people according to a USA Today analysis. In that five-year span, 3.7% of Facebook’s employees were black, up from 1%. And of course, Facebook’s not alone.

Many see that the problem goes beyond the hiring practices of tech giants. According to an Amazon-commissioned survey published this month, the most significant cause of concern is the gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities in underserved communities where Black and brown children live in higher numbers.

And it’s widening, they say. 

Some nonprofit organizations have taken on the challenge to ensure young people from underrepresented communities and backgrounds are ready to enter college, and then the workforce, equipped with technology skills

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