All the tech news from the 2024 election (2024)

Technology was a mere footnote in previous election cycles, but the 2024 US elections are happening in the wake of the very contentious TikTok ban bill. At the same time, this electoral cycle may be the most divorced from substantive policy than any other cycle in living memory. Still, the federal government is in a regulatory mood, and the question of which political party controls the White House after January 2025 will determine tech policy issues ranging from net neutrality to the rapidly expanding scope of tech antitrust.

In the meantime, the specter of misinformation —particularly AI-generated misinformation —looms over an election that is particularly vulnerable to rhetorical attacks on the legitimacy of the democratic process.

Here’s all our 2024 election coverage in one place.

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    TODAY, 12:45 AM UTC

    Richard Lawler

    Hacktivists release Heritage Foundation data allegedly stolen in response to “Project 2025.”

    A group that has previously claimed responsibility for breaching NATO, as well as satellite systems used by Halliburton and Shell, tells CyberScoop they’ve released 2GB of data from the conservative think tank behind “Project 2025” policy proposals for a second Trump administration.

    The data includes the “full names, email addresses, passwords, and usernames” of people associating with Heritage, vio said, including users with U.S. government email addresses. “This itself can have an impact to heritage’s (sic) reputation,” they added, “and it’ll especially push away users in positions of power.”


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    Jul 1

    Lauren FeinerandGaby Del Valle

    Trump is ‘absolutely’ immune for ‘official acts’ on Jan 6th, SCOTUS rules

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    Photo: Getty Images

    The Supreme Court ruled that presidents are “absolutely” immune from criminal prosecution when their actions involve allegedly official acts while they were in office. Former presidents also have a “presumption of immunity” for their official acts while in office — but, the court ruled, there is no immunity for “unofficial acts.”

    The decision in Trump v. United States means that the special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution against former President Donald Trump — who’s currently running to unseat President Joe Biden — may be able to proceed. In his majority decision, Chief Justice John Roberts remanded the case to the lower courts, which now have to determine whether Trump’s conduct was official or unofficial.

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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    The first presidential debate was very bad.

    Here’s a summary that includes tech policy issues and also some of the most unhinged stuff we heard tonight.

    Things mentioned:

    China, tariffs, semiconductor chips, Charlottesville, the border, “space age materials,” the Green New Deal, environment, election “fraud,” opioids, Twitter(???), having sex with p*rn stars, Hunter Biden laptop, golf handicaps(??????)

    Things not mentioned:

    TikTok, Facebook, FISA warrantless surveillance, EVs, intellectual property, broadband policy, artificial intelligence (thank god!!!)


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    Sarah Jeong

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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    In case you were wondering, this debate is supposed to run 90 minutes plus ad breaks.

    Googled that for you because we’re all thinking the same thing. And yes it has now been slightly over 90 minutes since the start.


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    “Will you accept the results of the election?”

    It was a yes or no question.

    There were a lot of words said, none of which was exactly a yes. Instead, Trump reminded us he still hasn’t really accepted the results of the past election.


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    Maybe Trump reminding us about his relationship to Twitter in the aftermath of January 6th is not the best move?

    On account of, you know, Twitter permanently suspending his account for inciting violence.


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    Biden is gassing up what his administration has done for the semiconductor industry, likely a reference to the CHIPS Act.

    “I convinced Samsung to invest billions of dollars in the United States,” Biden adds.


    Where the CHIPS Act money has gone

    Emilia David

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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    To be clear, America’s opioid epidemic doesn’t stem from migrants coming over the border.

    As Gaby noted earlier this year:

    The overwhelming majority of fentanyl seized by Customs and Border Protection — more than 90 percent — is smuggled through official border crossings by US citizens, not by migrants making unauthorized border crossings.


    CBP wants to use AI to scan for fentanyl at the border

    Gaby Del Valle

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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    What is Trump going to do to help Americans struggling with opioid addiction?

    Uh, China, tariffs, not exactly answering the question...


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    FYI, undocumented immigrants can’t get Social Security! Or Medicare!

    But a lot of them pay into both. Billions, even!


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    Jun 28

    Justine Calma

    What are Trump’s environmental numbers?

    He says he had the best. He tried to roll back more than 100 environmental protections while in office. Is that what he’s bragging about in the debate?


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    We had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, H2O.

    Now we have no jobs, no cash, and no H2O.


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    CNN asks what the candidates would do about climate change.

    They got back answers about immigration, HBCUs, insulin, and clean air and water (which is not the same as climate change).


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    “Green New Scam” isn’t as catchy as Trump’s usual quips.

    They should’ve workshopped it, is all I’m saying. Green New Steal, maybe?

    (In any case, Congress has not actually passed a Green New Deal.)


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    Really baffling Trump line about how Charlottesville is made up / debunked.

    Does he mean, like... that it happened? I don’t know. What a time to cut to ads.


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    In the middle of a back-and-forth about Jan. 6, Trump namedrops the city of Portland, Oregon.

    Just gonna throw out this old Verge feature about the Portland van snatchings.


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    Jun 28

    Gaby Del Valle

    Hunter Biden’s laptop has entered the presidential debate.

    “51 intelligence agents said that the laptop was Russia disinformation,” Trump said. “It wasn’t. That came from his son Hunter — it wasn’t Russia disinformation.”


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    Trump calls The Atlantic a third-rate magazine.

    Trump is extremely sore about The Atlantic’s reporting that he said a cemetery for soldiers was full of “suckers” and “losers,” calling it a lie that was printed in “a third-rate magazine.”


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    It is, frankly, very difficult to follow any of this.

    Was that a reference to tariffs on goods from China? Was that a commitment to drilling for oil? What on earth was that line about Medicare?


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    Jun 28

    Sarah Jeong

    The first presidential debate is on tonight.

    The Verge will not be doing a shot every time someone says “TikTok,” but we’ll be posting our live commentary here.


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    Sarah Jeong

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    Jun 27

    Wes Davis

    How to watch Biden vs. Trump in the first 2024 presidential debate

    The first debate of the 2024 presidential race will see sitting President Joe Biden and his challenger, former President Donald Trump, face off in CNN’s Atlanta studio. They come into the debate with Trump tracking slightly ahead in mostpollingaverages, with the gap narrowing in recent weeks after Trump’s felony convictions.

    It will be an unusual debate. There won’t be an audience, and the network says it will mute candidates’ mics when it’s not their turn to speak. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) instituted a similar policy for the final 2020 Trump and Biden debate, which ended up being far calmer than the chaotic, interruption-filled first one that year. This time, the call was made by CNN, which organized this debate, rather than the nonprofit CPD, which has taken on that duty since 1988.

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    May 23

    Gaby Del Valle

    Political consultant behind the Joe Biden deepfake robocalls faces $6 million fine

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    Image: Laura Normand / The Verge

    The Federal Communications Commission has proposed imposing multimillion-dollar fines on the political consultant responsible for the robocall campaign that used an AI-generated deepfake of President Joe Biden’s voice — and on the telecom company that facilitated the calls.

    Longtime Democratic operator Steve Kramer faces a $6 million fine from the FCC, while Lingo Telecom could be fined $2 million. The FCC announced the proposed penalties on Thursday, calling the Lingo fine a “first-of-its-kind enforcement action.”

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    May 22

    Gaby Del Valle

    Political ads could require AI-generated content disclosures soon

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    Illustration by Cath Virginia / The Verge | Photos from Getty Images

    The chair of the Federal Communications Commission introduced a proposal Wednesday that could require political advertisers to disclose when they use AI-generated content on radio and TV ads.

    If the proposal is implemented, the FCC will seek comment on whether to require on-air and written disclosure of AI-generated content in political ads and will propose to apply these disclosure requirements to certain mediums. In a press release, the FCC notes that the disclosure requirements wouldn’t prohibit such content but would instead require political advertisers to be transparent about their use of AI.

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    May 20

    Lauren Feiner

    Election officials are role-playing AI threats to protect democracy

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    Photo by Ash Ponders for The Verge

    It’s the morning of Election Day in Arizona, and a message has just come in from the secretary of state’s office telling you that a new court order requires polling locations to stay open until 9PM. As a county election official, you find the time extension strange, but the familiar voice on the phone feels reassuring—you’ve talked to this official before.

    Just hours later, you receive an email telling you that the message was fake. In fact, polls must now close immediately, even though it’s only the early afternoon. The email tells you to submit your election results as soon as possible — strange since the law requires you to wait an hour after polls close or until all results from the day have been tabulated to submit.

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    May 15

    Lauren Feiner

    Senate committee passes three bills to safeguard elections from AI, months before Election Day

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    Photo by Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images

    The Senate Rules Committee passed three bills that aim to safeguard elections from deception by artificial intelligence, with just months to go before Election Day. The bills would still need to advance in the House and pass the full Senate to become law, creating a time crunch for rules around election-related deepfakes to take effect before polls open across the country in November.

    The vote happened on the same day that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and three bipartisan colleagues released a roadmap for how Congress should consider regulating AI. The document lays out priorities and principles for lawmakers to consider but leaves the crafting of specific bills to the committees.

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