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Election security officials gave an "all clear" at the start of Election Day in the U.S. Facebook keeps trying to prove it can police itself. And finding the cyber dollars for state and local governments in the White House's budget plan. This is CyberScoop for November 2, 2021.

Election Day poses first security test for Biden officials

Voting in more than 30 states on Tuesday is poised to serve as the initial test run for election security officials in the Biden administration, and for administrators nationwide contending with post-2020 election laws. A close gubernatorial race in Virginia and another gubernatorial race in New Jersey headline the state slate, while New York and Atlanta are on the verge of selecting new mayors. Mixed in are dozens of ballot initiatives dealing with subjects like police reform and the ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is no “specific, credible threat to election infrastructure," officials pointed Americans to CISA’s rumor control website to refute any fabricated narratives in near-real time. Tim Starks digs in.

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Facebook cracks down on a massive government-run troll operation

Nicaragua’s government has, for years, weaponized Facebook to try to discredit student protesters and boost official narratives, new findings show. Facebook’s takedown of nearly 1,000 accounts, 140 pages, 24 groups and 363 Instagram accounts as part of an alleged troll farm run by the Nicaraguan government represents “one of the most cross-government troll operations we’ve disrupted to date, with multiple state entities participating in this activity at once,” the company announced Monday. The operation lived on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram, and included blogs and news sites that amplified preferred messaging. AJ Vicens explains.

Cyber, next-generation 911 boosted in Biden spending plan

The nearly 1,700-page spending plan for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda introduced in the House on Thursday makes several additional technology investments supporting state and local programs. While most of the $1.7 trillion plan addresses child care, housing and climate protection, it also includes expenditures on cybersecurity and long-awaited upgrades to emergency communications technology. Ben Freed looks closer at StateScoop.

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