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Aleksandr Kogan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
A Cambridge University psychology professor harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users and then passed on that information, much of which was obtained without the users consent, to a political strategy company with links to President Donald Trump’s campaign, Steve Bannon and the billionaire conservative campaign donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer, according to reports from The Guardian and The New York Times. Aleksandr Kogan, 32, worked with Cambridge Analytica, a Mercer-backed fi...
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Cambridge Analytica Data Scientist Aleksandr Kogan Wants You To Know He’s Not A Russian Spy

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Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he’s considering suing Facebook. LONDON — Aleksandr Kogan wants to set the record straight. “I am not a Russian spy,” he tells BuzzFeed News aboard a Saturday evening flight to the British capital. On Tuesday, the Cambridge University researcher is set to testify here in front of a parliamentary committee that is looking to determine whether the political consulting firm Cambri...
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Democrats plan to keep using company that exposed 593,000 Alaskan voter records

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A database of approximately 593,000 Alaska voter records has been exposed online. TargetSmart, the company that owns the data, claims that it was not accessed by anyone other than the security researchers on their team and the team that identified the exposure. Tom Bonier, the Chief Executive Officer of TargetSmart, confirmed the breach and said in a statement that Equals3, a software company based in Minnesota, “Appears to have failed to secure some of their data and some data they license...
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Another chapter on Facebook’s privacy woes is being written in Latin America – TechCrunch

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Publication Date: 2018-03-30
The abuse of Facebook’s platform for political purposes is a problem that doesn’t stop at the U.S border. Governments around the world are continuing to wrestle with the implications of Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of Facebook user data from the heart of Europe to the capitals of Latin America’s most populous nations. In South America, several chapters are still being written into the public record of Facebook’s privacy privations. Some Latin American democracies are also beginning to i...
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Ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Claims He Is the Real Victim - Rolling Stone

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Alexander Nix, the ousted CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct data firm that worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run, made his long-awaited return to Parliament on Wednesday. It was Nix's first appearance in front of U.K. lawmakers since Cambridge Analytica's allegedly illegal data practices were revealed to the world, sparking a global reckoning over how tech companies like Google and Facebook harvest, share and monetize the personal data of the billions of people who use thei...
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Cambridge Analytica shuts, but will new firm Emerdata now offer election wins to highest bidder? — RT UK News

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The company at the heart of Facebook’s data harvesting scandal has filed for bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean the UK firm’s executives and moneymen are simply riding off into the sunset. When news broke that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL Group, were to shut their doors and file for bankruptcy, little sympathy was found for the firms on social media. A company statement cited the “the siege of media coverage” in the wake of the scandal, which saw 87 million Facebook users ...
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Emerdata: Basically Cambridge Analytica Rebranded | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Boasting many of the same principals as Cambridge Analytica, that company's announced "shutdown" looks a lot like a renaming. And the timing is suspicious. Yesterday, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data-mining firm that improperly accessed Facebook data of 87 million people, was shutting down. But "shutting down" may not mean much — many of that company's principal players are associated with a new data company called Emerdata. What is Emerdata? Emerdata was ...
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Max Blumenthal Reveals Surveillance Program in Yemen Run by Cambridge Analytica Parent Company SCL Group

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BEN NORTON: It’s The Real News. I’m Ben Norton. An explosive new investigative report by the journalist Max Blumenthal exposes how Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group ran a counterinsurgency program in Yemen on behalf of a U.S.-based military contractor. Cambridge Analytica was a political data company that dissolved this year after it was exposed that the firm had been hired by the Donald Trump campaign to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. Blumenthal obtained exclusive d...
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Cambridge Analytica's 'victimised' ex-chief lambasts liberal media | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The Cambridge Analytica boss, Alexander Nix, has said he feels victimised by the media coverage that led to the collapse of his company, telling MPs his firm was unfairly destroyed by false accusations made by a “bitter and jealous” whistleblower. Nix was appearing front of MPs for the first time since his business collapsed following accusations made to the Observer by former employee Christopher Wylie regarding its misuse of Facebook data, prompting a global scandal over the power of socia...
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Facebook Privacy Crisis: How Will Mark Zuckerberg Handle Backlash? – Variety

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Publication Date: 2018-04-03
In 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard undergrad working on a skunkworks project called The , a friend asked him how he’d managed to obtain more than 4,000 emails, photos and other bits of personal info from fellow students. “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me,’” Zuckerberg wrote in an instant-messaging exchange leaked to website Silicon Alley Insider. The guy who would become CEO of one of the world’s biggest tech giants added, “Dumb f—s.” Zuckerberg later expr...
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Boss at centre of data row tells British MPs he has been ‘victimised’ | Irish Examiner

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former boss of Cambridge Analytica has claimed his company has been “victimised” by a liberal backlash against Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Alexander Nix was suspended as the data analysis firm’s chief executive after being filmed discussing the use of prostitutes and bribes in honey-traps to discredit politicians, and later resigned amid claims of the misuse of Facebook users’ personal information in the Trump campaign. Giving evidence to a British parliamentary committee, ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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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Trump’s Data Gurus Are Now Turning Their Attention To Your TV

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Publication Date: 2017-11-15
Cambridge Analytica, the Anglo-American data and behavioral science firm that worked for Ted Cruz and Donald Trump–and that sparked an investigation in the U.K. and inquiries by U.S. lawmakers–has announced two initiatives in the past year that highlight some of the newer techniques in targeted advertising and the complex relationships that surround them. advertisement Since last year’s presidential campaigns, the company has sought to expand further into targeted, or addressable, TV, an em...
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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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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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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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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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