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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...
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Facebook employs psychologist whose firm sold data to Cambridge Analytica | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-18
The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist. ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower Read more Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the ...
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Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

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Illustration: Angelica Alzona/Gizmodo Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be insane.” “I was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do?’” the former employee continued. “I won’t say the writing was on the wall, I didn’t nece...
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Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-15
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm, and have sought to question former employees and banks that handled its business, according to an American official and other people familiar with the inquiry. Prosecutors have questioned potential witnesses in recent weeks, telling them that there is an open investigation into Cambridge Analytica — which worked on President Trump’s election and other Republican camp...
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Cambridge Analytica executives and Mercer family launch Emerdata - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The power players behind Cambridge Analytica have set up a new company — and the daughters of Donald Trump-supporting billionaire Robert Mercer have just joined as directors. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer joined Emerdata on March 16, but it is shrouded in mystery. Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is also a director, as well as other executives from parent firm SCL Group. Emerdata also lists Johnson Chun Shun Ko, a Chinese executive from Frontier Services Group, the mi...
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Cambridge Analytica founders behind new London-based data processing company | Shropshire Star

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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...
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Christopher Wylie reacts to Cambridge Analytica closing

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Christopher Wylie reacts to Cambridge Analytica closing copied! Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie joins Morning Joe upon the announcement the company is ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy. Wylie also discusses new company Emerdata. Read More
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Google Canada rejects allegations it's mismanaging user data | CBC News

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The former head of Research in Motion warned government officials today of the risks of failing to regulate tech giants, while Google Canada's head of public policy rejected allegations the company is failing to transparently and securely manage data. "It's a complex issue because this is the biggest force in the history of capitalism, where six companies come from nowhere to be the most valuable companies in the world in a very short period of time," Jim Balsillie, chair of the Council of C...
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Cambridge Analytica won’t be revived under new company name | The Indian Express

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Publication Date: 2018-05-09
Cambridge Analytica announced last week that it was beginning bankruptcy proceedings, saying the media storm over its use of Facebook data had scared clients away. (Image Source: Bloomberg) Cambridge Analytica announced last week that it was beginning bankruptcy proceedings, saying the media storm over its use of Facebook data had scared clients away. (Image Source: Bloomberg) When the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica announced last week it would be closing its doors and filing ...
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Goodbye Cambridge Analytica, hello Emerdata?

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Hope you're not planning to come back under a different guise... The Wall Street Journal reports that Cambridge Analytica, the shady firm at the centre of the recent Facebook data scandal, is shutting down. Cambridge Analytica, which specialises in the rather creepy field of “psychographic” profiling, acquired the data of more than 50 million Facebook users via an illegitimate route. The company acquired the information without the knowledge of Facebook users who ran a personality quiz app ...
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Cambridge Analytica's CEO allegedly took $8 million from the firm before its closure

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Reuters 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 lawma...
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Cambridge Analytica Revenue Fell as Questions About Data Tactics Surfaced - WSJ

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Cambridge Analytica LLC enjoyed good results for 2016, when it worked for the campaign that helped to elect President Donald Trump, but its business declined sharply in the next year as questions mounted about its tactics. Revenue at the data-mining company was only about $5 million in 2017, after topping $25 million a year earlier, according to new bankruptcy-court records. Cambridge—facing...
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The Techno-Colonialism Of Facebook And Cambridge Analytica | HuffPost

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
WASHINGTON ― Before the scandal broke over their improper use of Facebook user data, British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and its parent, SCL Group, plied their trade of political subterfuge for clients in developing countries. Call it techno-colonialism — the idea that the leaner parts of the world are where you go to conduct your beta tests. Like so much else about Cambridge Analytica and SCL, they were merely putting a sinister flourish on something the tech industry does as a matt...
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'There Were Chinese Walls': Ex-Cambridge Analytica Employee Testifies - Sputnik International

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She described the SCL group’s compartmentalized operations, worldwide penetration of political markets and how she had been approached by intelligence agents. Cambridge Analytica’s former Director of Program Development Brittany Kaiser testified before the Fake News inquiry for the UK Parliament’s Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. She left the company earlier this year due to competing work commitments, and came forward after recent media coverage about Cambridge Analyti...
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Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Testifies Before Parliament | WIRED

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During a nearly four-hour grilling before Parliament Wednesday, Alexander Nix, former CEO of the now defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica, faced the ghosts of his past. In the green-carpeted room where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interrogated Nix for the second time this year, the audience included Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on the surreptitious harvesting of up to 87 million Facebook users' data; Carole Cadwalladr, th...
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Cambridge Analytica closing after Facebook data harvesting scandal | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
Political consultancy, under fire over use of millions of Facebook users’ data, has begun insolvency proceedings Cambridge Analytica, the data firm at the centre of this year’s Facebook privacy row, is closing and starting insolvency proceedings. The company has been plagued by scandal since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans and at least a million Britons had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Anal...
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Cambridge Analytica chief accused of taking $8m before collapse

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Investors who backed a rebranding of Cambridge Analytica are in a stand-off with former chief executive Alexander Nix after he allegedly withdrew more than $8 million (€7.1 million ) from the scandal-hit data firm shortly before it collapsed. Several people involved in the dispute told the Financial Times the withdrawal came shortly after Mr Nix learned British media was reporting on allegations about his company’s role in a massive leak of Facebook user data in March. Mr Nix did not respond...
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Cambridge Analytica parent firm in £1m 'entrapment bribe' as suspended CEO's 'racist emails' are exposed

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
A SCANDAL-hit British tech firm offered a £1million bribe to a politician to entrap him while its boss sent racist emails, it is claimed. Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Group carried out a “sting” on Caribbean Lindsay Grant — an opponent of one of its clients in 2010, the Times said. PA:Press Association Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, was suspended last night after an undercover expose It paid for a man to pose as an international property developer who offered Grant ...
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UK had three contracts with Cambridge Analytica parent company | Reuters

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government had three contracts in the past with Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group but they ended well before the current issues, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday. The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls The contracts with were with the Ministry of Defence between 2014-2015, the Home Office (interior ministry) in 2009 and the F...
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Subpoena for Cambridge Analytica, Brad Parscale sought by Democrats - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-12-14
The ranking members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees want to subpoena two of the data firms hired by President Donald Trump's campaign team for documents related to Russia's election interference. The firms: Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale. Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale have not denied that they had contact with foreign actors during the campaign, the Democrats wrote, but they have failed to turn over documents requested by the committees in October. The ra...
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Ted Cruz erased Trump's Iowa lead by spending millions on voter targeting | US news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2016-02-01
Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has ramped up its aggressive voter-targeting operation, paying out more than $3m to a company that – along with parallel funding via Super Pacs linked to the senator’s top donor – is using detailed psychological profiles to sway voters. Iowa caucus day: Palin praises Trump as 'he who will be the next president' – campaign live Read more A Guardian analysis of the final campaign disclosures released on the eve of Iowa’s caucuses shows the Cruz campaign, banki...
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Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
Brittany Kaiser talks about her time inside the controversial political data firm and why she is speaking out now Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop It was the summer of 2007. Brittany Kaiser was not yet 21, but she was one of a handful of full-time workers in the small digital team for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, uploading photos of the Illinois senator to something called a Facebook page. At the next desk was another activist who knew a bit about the so...
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How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data

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Publication Date: 2018-03-27
Facebook has been rocked by reports of a massive data scrape carried out by Cambridge Analytica and one of its then-contractors, a Cambridge University academic named Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan claims that the data he collected from thousands of Facebook users and their friends—amounting to data on over 50 million users—abided by Facebook’s terms; Cambridge Analytica promises it deleted the data; and Facebook is auditing everyone it can for signs of the data. advertisement But while Facebook pr...
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Cambridge Analytica in Latin America: What We Know So far | Analysis | teleSUR English

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Publication Date: 2018-03-22
Cambridge Analytica in Latin America: What We Know So far Cambridge Analytica worked on U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, and gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users in order to build voter profiles – including in Latin American countries holding elections. 1. Brazil Cambridge Analytica Chief Data Officer Dr Alex Tayler and Managing Director Mark Turnbull told an undercover Channel 4 journalist that the company has been working in Mexico and was now targeting Braz...
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Cambridge Analytica: The data firm's global influence - BBC News

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix has been suspended amid the controversy The company accused of using the personal data of millions of Facebook users to influence how people vote is not shy about its international portfolio. Political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica is facing questions over whether it used personal data to sway the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. But its reach extends well beyond...
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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...
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Cambridge Analytica Backers Already Set Up New Data Co, Emerdata

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
It's unclear what UK-based Emerdata does, but the Mercers are involved, along with Cambridge Analytica executives and Betsy DeVos's brother. Rebekah Mercer, right, with presidential advisers Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon and Trump aide Hope Hicks at Donald Trump's inauguration. Days after revelations about how Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook data to manipulate users during the 2016 presidential election, leading to the suspension of the company's CEO, a new report says the pro-Trum...
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Cambridge Analytica founder says no rebranding under a new name - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-05-08
The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, Nigel Oakes, told Bloomberg on Tuesday the firm won't be rebranding under a new company called Emerdata. Emerdata, the mysterious data firm featuring several top Cambridge Analytica executives, is under the control of a court appointed administrator in the U.K., Oakes said. Oakes did not say what will happen to Cambridge Analytica's data. The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, says the controversial data analyt...
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Inside the final days of Cambridge Analytica: Failed rebrands, fleeing clients and Nerf basketball

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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. For months, Cambridge Analytica employees had heard whispers of a rebrand that would save their business. On Thursday, any lingering hope was extinguished when the embattled data firm linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign declared bankruptcy despite weeks of efforts to leave behind its controversial past. Even before CEO Alexander Nix was ousted aft...
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Cambridge Analytica bosses set up two new companies in London | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
Cambridge Analytica this week issued a statement saying it was starting bankruptcy proceedings due to a 'seige of media coverage'. However, this may not be the end for its owners. Two new London-based companies, Firecrest Technologies and Emerdata, have been set up with the same registered address, same purpose and same directors. A former Cambridge Analytica employee and senior lawmakers have suggested these two companies could be picking up where Cambridge Analytica left off. The scanda...

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