NewsPublication Date: 2018-01-23
Siglo announced this week the launch of a new protocol built on the Ethereum blockchain that facilitates free access to mobile connectivity for prepaid subscribers in emerging markets. The blockchain-based platform connects airtime sponsors with smartphone subscribers, creating a decentralized mobile network powered by the value-transfer between users, providers, and brands. “In emerging markets, increased access to mobile connectivity creates new economic opportunities,” said Joel Phillips,...
Enforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent nearly seven hours investigating the London offices of Cambridge Analytica in late March after a High Court judge granted a search warrant Jack Taylor/Getty Images Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, a company closely related to Cambridge Analytica is refusing to hand over data requested by the Information Commissioner's Office, days are getting longer as Earth's rotation slows, unexplained blocks and homophobic adverts affect LGBT+ Y...
'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian
NewsPublication Date: 2018-03-20
Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower. Sandy Parakilas, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data ...
NewsPublication Date: 2018-04-30
Twitter sold data to Aleksandr Kogan’s Global Science Research (GSR), the company that supplied the Facebook data of up to 87 million users to political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. GSR was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data for one day in 2015, according to Bloomberg. “In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Based on the rec...
NewsPublication Date: 2018-05-15
Facebook removed the app on April 7. Personal information on more than three million Facebook users who used the now-suspended myPersonality app was exposed online for four years and accessible by anyone who had a username and password publicly available on GitHub, according to an investigation by New Scientist. Data, including results of psychological tests, was made available to qualifying researchers via a website run by academics David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of ...