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MoD granted 'List X' status to Cambridge Analytica parent company | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
MPs call for investigation into concerns over SCL Group and its access to secret documents The chair of the Commons home affairs committee has called for a full investigation into the activities of Cambridge Analytica after it emerged that its parent company was granted provisional “List X” status by the Ministry of Defence until 2013, granting it access to secret documents. The Labour MP Yvette Cooper said there were serious concerns around SCL Group and its subsidiary Cambridge Analytica,...

Ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO Tells Lawmakers He Lied on Video - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Former Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix said reports that he withdrew $8 million from his now-defunct company are untrue, and that he lied to an undercover journalist because he believed it was what "the client wanted to hear." He told a committee of British lawmakers investigating the impact of social media on recent elections Wednesday that he now has "no involvement" in Cambridge Analytica, which is moving through bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S., or associated ...

Bad-Tempered Emails Reveal Fight to Tie Fake News to Brexit Vote - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-06-05
Dominic Cummings, the director of Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum, refuses to answer questions by a panel of lawmakers as part of an investigation into fake news. Now he could face contempt charges. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee published on Tuesday a series of heated exchanges between Cummings and its chairman. “I will not participate in your theatre” he wrote to Damian Collins, who has upped the ante by asking Speaker John Bercow to find time for a debate so the e...

From Treasury Bills To Amazon Stocks, Investments Make Up A Big Part Of Texas Political Campaign Spending – Houston Public Media

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Publication Date: 2018-04-06
A handful of elected officials used more than $28 million from their campaign accounts for investments, making it the second largest category of expenditures in the 2018 election cycle Candidates for state office in Texas have spent more than $120 million so far in the 2018 election cycle — and a handful of them sunk a big chunk of that into investments that ranged from government T-bills to tech stocks, a Texas Tribune analysis shows. The investments exceeded $28 million, making such expen...

Tory donors among investors in Cambridge Analytica parent firm | Politics | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
Conservative party donors are among the investors in the company that spawned the election consultancy at the centre of a storm about use of data from Facebook. Filings for SCL Group, which is at the top of a web of companies linked to Cambridge Analytica, show that since its conception in 2005 its shareholders and officers have included a wine millionaire who has given more than £700,000 to the party, a former Conservative MP, and a peer who was a business minister under David Cameron. On ...

How the blockade on Qatar failed | GCC | Al Jazeera

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On the morning of June 5, 2017, Qataris woke up to the shocking news that their country was under blockade. The hostile move came from none other than its Arab neighbours and cofounders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, along with their ally, Egypt. The so-called quartet abruptly cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans. The "shock and awe" strategy was meant to precipitate the collapse of the Qatari government, or at least...

Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group - what we know so far

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Publication Date: 2018-03-25
Cambridge Analytica, an offshoot of the Scl Group (a private British behavioural research and strategic communication company) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Whistleblower ex-employee 28-year-old Chris Wylie revealed how the company had harvested and passed on personal Facebook data without account holders' permission. This data was then used to run targeted 'fake news' campaigns during the US presidential election. Subsequent to Wylie's disclosures, a channel 4 documentary ...

The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman - Loosening up and cracking down in Saudi Arabia

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Publication Date: 2018-06-09
THE holy month of Ramadan used to be an occasion for royal amnesties in Saudi Arabia. But instead of granting pardons, Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince and power behind the throne, has added to the 2,000 or so political prisoners detained since September. Over the past month his goons have arrested 17 liberal activists. Nine are women, some of whom campaigned for the right to drive. Prince Muhammad has loosened the kingdom’s social restrictions. The decades-old ban on female drivers wil...

Former Employee of Cambridge Analytica Says He Was Contacted by FBI - WSJ

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A former Cambridge Analytica employee who previously revealed that the company improperly harvested data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday that he had been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, made the comments ahead of testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was called to discuss Cambridge Analytica’s operations and the future of data privacy. He declined to answer other questions from reporters. ...

ICO finds in favour of professor over Cambridge Analytica personal data fight - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

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ICO finds in favour of professor over Cambridge Analytica personal data fight BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is backing an American academic’s effort to obtain his personal data from SCL Group, which includes Cambridge Analytica. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/ico-finds-in-favour-of-professor-over-cambridge-analytica-personal-data-fight-36877220.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36877218.ece/810b5/AUTOCROP/h34...

Cambridge Analytica files outline tactics to influence... | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-03-29
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company boasted that it had influenced voters across the world – including one claim that “anti-election rallies” had been held to discourage people from turning out at the ballot box in Nigeria. SCL Group documents submitted by whistleblower Christopher Wylie and released by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on Thursday revealed the company speaking of its “international experience” in political research, citing work on multiple foreign elections. ...

Facebook CEO apologises to EU Parliament over data breach - The Quint

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"Whether it's fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people's information, we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities. That was a mistake, and I'm sorry," Zuckerberg said while testifying during a round-table with the EU regulators in the Belgian capital.

Mueller questions RNC staffers about 2016 digital operations - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-12-27
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly begun to question Republican National Committee staffers about the party's digital work with the Trump campaign last year. The report indicates that Mueller may be homing in on yet another facet of Russia's election interference — its social media influence campaign and targeted political advertising. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner managed the Trump campaign's data operation and recently hired a crisis public relations firm to handle all press...

Details on 137 categories from the Republican National Committee's lost voter data — Quartz

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It’s common knowledge that political parties in the United States collect information about potential voters, but exactly how comprehensive is the data they collet? To explore that question, we set out to find detailed descriptions of 176 data points the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been gathering about voters since at least 2008. The data points were published on June 19 by a cybersecurity company after one of its analysts found a trove of voter records that had been inadvertentl...

How serious is Donald Trump? His campaign lacks one essential tool — Quartz

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He has a commanding lead in the polls, but Donald Trump is the only Republican presidential candidate who hasn’t purchased a database of voter information, which political campaigns use to target supporters and mobilize them on election day. Modern campaigns also rely on voter files to plan everything from advertising to events, and accurate information is particularly key in the early state of Iowa, where voters will select a candidate in January through a complicated caucus process that ga...

Bernie Sanders has his own computer scandal: A data breach exposed Hillary’s secret info — Quartz

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This story has been updated. For forty minutes on Wednesday (Dec. 16), a few staffers working on Bernie Sanders’ campaign accidentally stumbled onto a presidential campaign cheat code: A software glitch revealed information about people Hillary Clinton’s team expects to vote in the presidential primaries, and which candidate they are expected to support. The consequences of the glitch—which originated with Democratic campaign vendor NGP-VAN—could prove devastating to Sanders. The Democrati...

‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- 'TRUMPCARE' already here -- ROGER STONE’s email defending himself -- DEMS weigh Gorsuch deal -- THE JUICE: LIZ ALLEN to GPG -- B'DAY: Ryan Grim - POLITICO

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Publication Date: 2017-03-23
‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- 'TRUMPCARE' already here -- ROGER STONE’s email defending himself -- DEMS weigh Gorsuch deal -- THE JUICE: LIZ ALLEN to GPG -- B'DAY: Ryan Grim Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nar2pG ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Thursday morning. Story Continued Below THE REALITY -- ‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- The health-care bill i...

Campaign 2016: These are the big tech companies powering the election - TechRepublic

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Top Election Tech Companies The 2016 campaign is the most technologically sophisticated general election in the modern era. Two major tech trends--big data and social media--play a major rule inside both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, as well as local and regional down ticket races. In modern campaigns, data informs everything from spending and resource allocation, to policy and communication strategy, to get-out-the-vote efforts. Information is aggregated from voter registration files, s...

Election tech: Lies, damned lies, and statistics - TechRepublic

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Getty Images/iStockphoto "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Benjamin Disraeli A bitter cold wind whipped the proud flag around a pole as steely gray as the New Hampshire winter sky. "He can't win," she said on condition of anonymity, "because his big data is nonexistent. Has no ground game. He has no get-out-the-vote operation." As canvassers and candidates trudged through the snow, we chatted in a cozy Manchester diner, anxiously waiting for early primary ...

The AggregateIQ Files, Part Two: The Brexit Connection

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Our recent discovery and analysis of publicly downloadable code repositories originating from data analytics firm AggregateIQ has answered a few questions, but raised many more. In Part One of “The AggregateIQ Files,” we explained how the data exposed from within this development repository appear to corroborate existing evidence and accusations that AggregateIQ and Cambridge Analytica, an embattled and highly controversial data firm, work closely together, on projects that appear customized ...

Cambridge Analytica Associate Severs Mexico Ties After Scandal - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-03-22
A Latin American mobile app that Cambridge Analytica had hoped to use to mine data for Mexican presidential campaigns has severed ties with the embattled political-advertising firm after the Facebook Inc. data scandal erupted. Pig.gi, which gives 1.2 million users in Mexico and Colombia free airtime and data in exchange for watching ads and taking surveys, says it’s never worked on a political campaign with Cambridge. The startup did share results on two election polls and occasional aggrega...

Cambridge Analytica Involved in Latin American Elections | Miami New Times

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
Crafting propaganda programs for political campaigns sure is lucrative. Cambridge Analytica, the British-American "internet messaging" outlet caught on hidden-camera footage this week bragging about blackmailing candidates, bribing people, and coordinating with the Trump campaign, seems to have tendrils snaking all over the world, from the U.K. Brexit campaign all the way to Kenya's last major election in 2017. And it seems the firm has moved to target Latin America and Spanish-speaking vote...

Drei Herausforderungen für digitale Kampagnen zur #btw17 | Politik & Kommunikation

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Der Bundestagswahlkampf hat begonnen und damit die Debatten über die Rolle von Technologie und Daten im Kontext politischer Kampagnen. Vergangene Woche fand die erste "Campaign Tech Europe"-Konferenz in Berlin statt, auf welcher Kampagnenexperten aus den Vereinigten Staaten und Europa über die Veränderungs- und Gestaltungsmacht von Technologie in Wahlkämpfen diskutierten. Den kontextuellen Rahmen dieser Debatte prägen dabei drei zentrale Herausforderungen, vor denen Parteien im Bundestagswahl...

Pig.gi rewards - Lock screen - Apps on Google Play

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What do you get with Pig.gi? Earn airtime top-ups and movie tickets. What do you have to do? Every time you look at your phone, you’ll see the latest news, trending stories, interesting articles, and ads from brands that you care about. Swipe left to see more, or swipe right to unlock your phone right away. Either way, you earn. Tip : When you share Pig.gi with friends and they register with your referral code, you earn big time! Pig.gi shows you all the relevant things your want t...

Facebook suspends data firm hired by Vote Leave over alleged Cambridge Analytica ties | Technology | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-04-06
AggregateIQ, which played a pivotal role in the Brexit campaign, suspended after reports it may have improperly obtained user data Facebook has suspended the Canadian data firm with which the official Vote Leave campaign spent 40% of its budget, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to unfold. On Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended AggregateIQ (AIQ) from its platform following reports the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL. In its statement...

Featured Job: Research and Product Development Director with 10x Psychometrics | The Psychologist

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Peter Saville, founder of 10x Psychometrics, is very clear about the opportunity this role offers: ‘Join us and you’ll have the freedom to use your brain. We’re going places and you’ll go places with us.’ But how, I wondered, will this person find a role working with Peter Saville, who is one of the world’s leading psychometricians, a serial successful entrepreneur and author of over 100 tests. After the success of SHL and Saville Consulting, surely Peter can create a new company’s products ...

Alexander Nix took $8 million from Cambridge Analytica, reports the FT - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew more than $8 million from the British data firm before its collapse last month. The Financial Times, citing sources, reported that Nix took the cash shortly after media reports of Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Facebook data scandal. He is now in dispute with investors over returning the money, which was reportedly intended to help get successor data firm, Emerdata, off the ground. Nix told British lawmakers on Wedne...

L2 : Data: Modeling: HaystaqDNA

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“The speed and accuracy of this type of modeling has increased dramatically over the last couple of years, but the basic concept remains the same: We’re using information we have about some people, [then] combining it with data about everyone, to build statistical models that predict how those other people would approach that behavior.” — CEO Ken Strasma speaking to CMO.com about HaystaqDNA’s modeling Election 2008 gave HaystaqDNA a unique place in history when their microtargeting technique...

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