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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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Why political ads on Facebook will still slip by human reviewers - Digiday

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Publication Date: 2017-10-24
Facebook faces an uphill battle in cleaning up political advertising on its platform. Facebook is making adjustments to how political advertisers buy ads on its platform. It’ll still be hard for the social media giant to identify all of the political ads running through its system, though. Facebook can detect a political ad in two main ways. One is by looking at the creative of the ad itself; the other is by looking at who it’s targeted to. As for the ad creative, Facebook can scan the cre...
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Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Virtual Currency Plans - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-04-17
SAN FRANCISCO — The embattled political data firm Cambridge Analytica quietly sought to develop its own virtual currency in recent months through a so-called initial coin offering, a novel fund-raising method that has come under growing scrutiny by financial regulators around the world. The offering was part of a broader, but still very private push that the firm was making into the nascent world of cryptocurrencies over the last year. Much like its acquisition of Facebook data to build psy...
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EU politicians convert to ‘big data’ as campaign weapon – EURACTIV.com

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Publication Date: 2016-06-21
This article is part of our special report Big data meets politics. US politicians are the acknowledged forerunners when it comes to using digital technologies in election campaigns. But Europeans are making strides in their attempt to catch up, with the 2014 EU election providing a testing ground for big data analysts. The Howard Dean campaign for the 2004 US presidential election is considered as a kind of year zero of data analytics applied to political campaigning. Although he lost 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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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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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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'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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Australian leader backs Zuckerberg's grilling in Parliament | WPXI

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Publication Date: 2018-06-07
0 Australian leader backs Zuckerberg's grilling in Parliament - Australia's prime minister said on Thursday he would welcome Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifying to an Australian parliamentary committee on the social media giant's sharing of data with Chinese phone maker Huawei. Leaders of Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security have raised the prospect of the 34-year-old multi-billionaire being invited to explain Facebook's relation...

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