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Zuckerberg’s False Promises: Examining The Ethics of Data in the Social Media Era - Dataconomy

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Publication Date: 2018-05-11
During his appearance before the United States Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did quite the job tiptoeing through a minefield of potentially threatening inquiries. Based on his answers, he either has no idea how the platform – which was founded controversially – works, or he blatantly lied to protect his interests in the firm. Despite the obviously high-tech nature of Facebook, no experts were present to evaluate the claims of the technology mogul. W...

You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy • The Register

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand. The filings, submitted to the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court late yesterday, are for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – akin to liquidation in the UK – which allows the debtor to escape without having to file a repayment plan*. Cambridge Analytica is the firm at the heart of the Facebook data harvesting scandal, which hit headlines following revel...

Ex-CEO: Cambridge Analytica became "huge target" after Trump win - CBS News

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LONDON -- The former head of Cambridge Analytica said Wednesday that his political consulting firm got "an incredibly huge target" on its back because of its involvement in President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Alexander Nix said his now-defunct firm had become the subject of global derision and was unfairly blamed for putting Mr. Trump in office. The remarks came as an unrepentant Nix clashed with British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns. The Pa...

Are you one of the 200,000 Delawareans with compromised Facebook data? - Technical.ly Delaware

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
State Attorney General Matt Denn — one of 41 attorneys general who signed a March letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating that they will investigate whether the site’s data breach violated state laws — found that more than 200,000 people in Delaware alone may have had their personal data exposed to Cambridge Analytica and other third parties. In a state with only 960,000 people, that’s no small number. Assuming every Delawarean had Facebook (and that’s not the case), there’d be a roug...

One-fifth of Delaware's population may have had Facebook data exposed : NewsWorks Tonight : Community : WHYY

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The personal information of more than 200,000 Delawareans was compromised in the recently disclosed Facebook data breach, according to the state Department of Justice. Attorney General Matt Denn said 902 Facebook users in Delaware installed an app that allowed Global Science Research to access personal information of those users and their friends without their knowledge or permission. Facebook estimated that nearly 201,000 people in Delaware were friends with those on the social media site w...

How Cambridge Analytica's Parent Company Infiltrated Yemen - Truthdig

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Publication Date: 2018-06-04
Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part investigation into Cambridge Analytica/SCL’s global operations. The second installment will be published on Truthdig on Tuesday. Internal documents exclusively obtained by the Grayzone Project and embedded at the end of this article show how Cambridge Analytica’s UK-based parent company, SCL group, conducted a surveillance operation in Yemen, using psychological profiling, “strategic communications campaigns,” and infiltration of foreign operativ...

What was it really like to work for Cambridge Analytica? | Coffee House

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
From 2009 to 2010 Sven Hughes worked for SCL group, the parent company of the controversial — now deceased — Cambridge Analytica. SCL/Cambridge Analytica and its CEO Alexander Nix have been in the news a lot lately, chiefly because of their role in the Trump campaign. The fall of Cambridge Analytica was prompted by a Channel 4 documentary in which Nix boasted about running ‘counter ops’ — sting operations and so on — against political opponents. The firm shut down on Wednesday. In this podca...

Cambridge Analytica founders behind new London-based data processing company - AOL

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The founders and funders of controversial election consultants Cambridge Analytica are behind a new company registered in London appearing to offer similar services. Executives at Cambridge Analytica (CA) and parent company SCL Group registered Emerdata Limited as a data processing company last summer but they have since listed directors linked to private military contractors, secretive political meetings and the Trump administration. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of the billionair...

From African American Voters to African Nations, Cambridge Analytica Wages ‘Cultural Warfare’ - Progressive.org

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Publication Date: 2018-05-21
× Expand Lawrence Jackson President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Raila Amolo Odinga, then Prime Minister of Kenya, and his wife Mrs. Ida Odinga, New York, 2009. Political firm Cambridge Analytica attempted to suppress voting in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, whistleblower Christopher Wylie told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on May 16. Wylie, a former contractor who disclosed the company’s alleged misuse of private Facebook user data earlier this year, said it ...

Deep Root Analytics sued after data breach - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-06-22
A data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month. And it's now facing its first class-action lawsuit. Deep Root Analytics, a data firm contracted by the RNC, stored details of about 61% of the US population on an Amazon cloud server without password protection for roughly two weeks before it was discovered by security ...

A GOP voter-targeting firm was doing massive data analysis on Reddit - The Verge

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Publication Date: 2017-06-19
A conservative analytics firm apparently scraped a huge trove of Reddit data as part of its voter-targeting efforts. As reported by Gizmodo, GOP-contracted company Deep Root Analytics accidentally put a folder titled “reddit” on a publicly accessible web server along with other internal records, which cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered last week. It contains 170GB of data from several subreddits, but no indication of how Deep Root might be using the information. The subreddits in qu...

AggregateIQ, Canadian data firm at centre of global controversy, was hired by clients big and small - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-04-16
AggregateIQ, the Victoria consultancy that was suspended by Facebook amid controversy over its role in political campaigns in Britain and elsewhere, worked on a range of smaller elections in Canada – including an ill-fated comeback last year by a former mayor in Newfoundland. A list of AggregateIQ’s Canadian clients is detailed in files uncovered online in late March by UpGuard Inc. The U.S. cybersecurity consulting firm discovered some of the inner workings of AggregateIQ after the B.C. com...

Reforming the U.S. Approach to Data Protection and Privacy | Council on Foreign Relations

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Introduction Half of all Americans believe their personal information is less secure now than it was five years ago, and a sobering study from the Pew Research Center reveals how little faith the public has in organizations, whether governmental or private-sector, to protect their data—and with good reason. In 2017, there was a disastrous breach at Equifax, Yahoo’s admission that billions of its email accounts were compromised, Deep Root Analytics’ accidental leak of personal details of near...

Trump Is Playing Catch-Up In The Data-Driven Ground Game, But Does It

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Publication Date: 2016-01-28
With a big mouth, plenty of buzz, and a yuuge media presence, does Donald Trump still need a data-driven get-out-the-vote operation to win in Iowa and New Hampshire? advertisement The real-estate developer has disrupted the presidential campaign like few other candidates in history and has shown an amazing ability–through the sheer forces of his personality and a populist movement receptive to his message–to survive the outrage over some of his offensive statements and to dodge bullets fire...

How political campaigns use big data to get out the vote - TechRepublic

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It is an election year. If you will recall, at TechRepublic and ZDNet in 2016, we tracked not the horse race, but the data and technology that powers politics. Why? Because there's a ton of information private industry and other institutions, like academics and NGOs, can get from learning how politics use and doesn't use data. TechRepublic met with Paul Westcott, vice president of data at L2 Political, one of the largest data vendors in politics. The political world is its own world, and for...

ComScore Doesn’t Always Get Consent – Ben Edelman

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This past Wednesday, ComScore raised $82 million in an IPO that jumped 42% in its first day of trading. Some investors clearly like ComScore’s business, but I wonder whether they fully understand ComScore’s business model, privacy implications, and poor track record of nonconsensual installations. ComScore’s tracking software is remarkably invasive. The privacy policy for ComScore’s RelevantKnowledge tracking program purports to grant ComScore the right to track users’ name and address, brow...

Xaxis’ First Latin America CEO Talks About Growing Business In A Region With Vastly Diverse Cultures | AdExchanger

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Publication Date: 2016-08-03
WPP-owned ad network-slash-tech shop Xaxis has its first-ever Latin America CEO. Lucas Mentasti was promoted from the unit’s Latin America managing director to its chief. It’s a big step up from where he started in 2013, moving from Publicis-owned Starcom to head up Xaxis’ Latin America business. At that time, “head up” meant doing everything, from selling to counting all the I/Os. Such are the glories of being the only employee. Xaxis’ Latin America unit has grown significantly since then. I...

Big Data vs. Storytelling: Welche Art von Wahlkampf ist erfolgreicher?

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Im Wahlkampf gibt es zwei verfeindete Lager: Nein, nicht die Parteien, sondern die Planer ihrer Kampagnen. Die einen setzen vor allem auf Daten, die anderen wollen starke Geschichten für die Wähler inszenieren. Wer hat recht? Arun Chaudhary steht auf einer Bühne in der Factory, einem Startup-Zentrum in Berlin, und erklärt dem in der Maihitze schwitzenden Publikum, wie man Wahlen gewinnt. Die Campaign Tech Europe ist eine Konferenz für die neuesten Digitalstrategien und Kampagnentechnologien,...

These Men Helped Create Cambridge Analytica. Here Is Their New, Very Similar Startup.

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Chris Wylie, a data scientist whose work was at the center of a massive Facebook controversy, said publicly that he helped create “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool.” Two of his associates who also helped build that tool have been quietly building another company to analyze and influence human behavior. Two data scientists who were instrumental in the founding of political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica have scrubbed any mention of the controversial company from their social med...

Data gathered from Facebook users likely spread to other databases and dark web, say experts | The Independent

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
The data on millions of Facebook users that a firm wrongfully swiped from the social network has likely spread to other groups, databases and the dark web, experts said, making company's pledge to safeguard its users’ privacy hard to enforce. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this week that it would notify users whose data might have been taken by Cambridge Analytica, a political marketing firm that worked for the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of an estimat...

Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation. An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The British data company was secretly filmed discus...

GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

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Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, the records include advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on h...

How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-04-24
How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold As Aleksandr Kogan goes before parliament on Tuesday to account for his role in the controversial harvesting of Facebook data that was later used by Cambridge Analytica, he leaves behind him two unsuccessful companies and a once-promising academic career. Kogan was a young psychologist fresh off a post-doctoral fellowship when he earned an appointment as a lecturer at Cambridge University in 2012...

Meet the Psychologist at the Center of Facebook's Data Scandal - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
In a video published online in September, a social scientist named Alex Spectre made an earnest pitch for his new startup. Clad in the Silicon Valley uniform of open-collar shirt and blazer, Spectre boasted that his company -- Philometrics -- would revolutionize the way online surveys were done, making it easier for companies to design questionnaires that people would actually respond to on Facebook, Twitter or other sites. Crucially, he said, the surveys could predict the responses for large...

Cambridge Analytica: how did it turn clicks into votes? | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-05-06
How do 87m records scraped from Facebook become an advertising campaign that could help swing an election? What does gathering that much data actually involve? And what does that data tell us about ourselves? The Cambridge Analytica scandal has raised question after question, but for many, the technological USP of the company, which announced last week that it was closing its operations, remains a mystery. For those 87 million people probably wondering what was actually done with their data...

Targeting your ads - AdWords Help

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Targeting ads is an essential part of a successful advertising campaign. You may have designed the perfect ad, but you'll need to show it to the right people at the right time to better reach your goal. AdWords offers different ways of targeting your ads. Existing ad groups without targeting will be automatically paused as a one-time exception to ensure they don't run ads you don't intend to show. Going forward, manually pause ad groups that aren’t ready to show ads. Learn more at Pause or r...

Cambridge Analytica - an object lesson in failed due diligence and deception

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
While attention is being paid to Cambridge Analytica, the focus is misplaced. This story explains why and why due diligence is vital in your dealings. Liam O’Hare at Bellacaledonia has done a first-rate job investigating the ties between Cambridge Analytica, the British political establishment and espionage services. (hat tip to James Governor) O’Hare uncovers a web of connections between powerful politicians, the people who run Cambridge Analytica, SCL and its primary trading group member ...

LMP lève 4 millions pour exporter son logiciel de campagne politique, Financement

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Publication Date: 2017-12-04
Présidentielle, législatives : l'année 2017 a été chargée en élections pour la jeune pousse française Liegey Muller Pons (LMP) qui a mis au point un logiciel de campagne politique qu'elle propose aux partis et/ou aux candidats. Elle se termine en beauté : la start-up vient de boucler un tour de table de série A, qui lui a permis de récolter 4 millions d'euros auprès d'Odyssée Venture et Kima Ventures (le fonds d'investissement de Xavier Niel) et d'un investisseur privé allemand. « Avec ces f...

Exclusive Leaked Docs Expose Yemen-Based Counter-Insurgency Program by Cambridge Analytica Parent Company SCL - The Grayzone Project

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Publication Date: 2018-05-23
Part one of a two part investigation into Cambridge Analytica/SCL’s global operations By Max Blumenthal Internal documents exclusively obtained by the Grayzone Project and embedded at the end of this article show how Cambridge Analytica’s UK-based parent company, SCL group, conducted a surveillance operation in Yemen, using psychological profiling, “strategic communications campaigns,” and infiltration of foreign operatives into indigenous communities through unwitting local partners whom t...

Targeting by Interests | Reddit Help

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Publication Date: 2016-11-07
Interest Targeting With over 250 million users, it can be difficult to know how best to reach your audience. Interest targeting gives you the ability to pinpoint your audience whether you’re a seasoned Reddit marketer or new to Reddit Ads. Why Should I Use Interest Targeting: With interest targeting, you can display your ad to the right audience based off a user’s browsing behavior on Reddit! How Interest Targeting Works: Targeting an interest group means you are targeting users who have...

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