14 years after Bush v. Gore, we still can’t get voting tech right. "A handful of jurisdictions nationwide reported various computer-related problems that hampered some voters as Americans went to the polls on Tuesday," writes Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica. Electronic voting issues occurred in Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut and elsewhere.
Net neutrality was the biggest tech issue of the year. But nobody campaigned on it. "Across the country, tech hasn't really emerged as a central campaign issue," reports the Switch's Brian Fung. "One of the few candidates to make it a part of his platform was Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term "net neutrality" — and he lost his bid for New York lieutenant governor in a nationally publicized primary."
Government requests for Facebook user data are up 24% in six months. Facebook says it has seen a sharp uptick in government requests for user data. "Between January and June, governments across the globe made 34,946 requests for data, according to the Menlo Park, Calif., company’s latest transparency report," reports Sarah Parvini at the Los Angeles Times. "The United States was responsible for 15,433 of those requests, spanning 23,667 accounts."
Uber and its partners are pushing drivers into subprime loans. "Two 'partners' in Uber's vehicle financing program are under federal investigation, but Uber hasn't slowed its aggressive marketing campaign to get drivers with bad credit to sign up for loans," reports Nitasha Tiku at Valleywag.