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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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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 ...
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How Obama Won The French Election | HuffPost

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Publication Date: 2017-06-19
French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La Republique En Marche, won a resounding victory Sunday in the final round of the country’s parliamentary elections, gaining a commanding majority in the National Assembly. The victory, which dramatically reshapes French politics, is particularly remarkable given that Macron’s party is just a year old and many of its elected representatives are new to government. Macron himself was practically unknown a year ago. But amid a fracturing of support for...
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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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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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Numbers lie all the time: How political polls work - TechRepublic

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Joey: You don't know what these numbers told you. I'm an expert, and I don't know what these numbers just told you. Josh: Numbers don't lie. Joey: They lie all the time. Numbers lie all the time. Yet the business of numbers is big business. Big data helps companies make better decisions by extracting key insights from piles of information. Polling does the same for politics. And like big data for business, though results can be ambiguous and notoriously hard to interpret, polls are essent...
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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: 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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After A Shocking Election, Will Data-Driven Campaigners Change Their Game? | AdExchanger

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Publication Date: 2017-01-20
In the years leading up to the 2016 election, Democrats continued investing heavily in a shared data and technology platform, NGP VAN, across liberal candidates and causes. Republicans took a more market-based approach, with high-headcount, full-service shops meant to continue product development beyond election years. Republicans wanted competition where liberals emphasized collaboration. In the wake of widely unexpected election results, have data-driven campaigners on either side shifted t...
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Marketers are feeling the impact of Facebook's role in Russia's presidential election influence campaign - Digiday

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Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Russian trolls are influencing how Facebook lets advertisers target its users. Facebook is now stipulating that targeted political ads on its platform undergo human review, which could slow down how quickly marketers can get their Facebook ads up and running. While the change in ad reviews will have the biggest impact on political advertisers, it is notable because it shows the pressure Facebook is facing for letting a Russian troll farm buy ads on its platform is leading the social giant to...
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Old Towne Media Topped Election Agency Spending in Q4 | Campaign Trail - AdAge

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Publication Date: 2016-02-16
Sanders TV ad CORRECTION: This story originally reported that the campaign expenditures listed herein encompassed all of 2015 but that is incorrect. They refer only to expenditures made by candidate campaigns in the fourth quarter of 2015, from October 1 through December 31, 2015. We hear a lot about how much money the 2016 presidential hopefuls are spending on ads. But there's an entire industry dedicated to churning campaign donor dollars into direct mail, TV spots, social-media efforts, ...
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Mexico: Link Between Cambridge Analytica, Ruling Party Uncovered as Election Campaigning Begins | News | teleSUR English

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Publication Date: 2018-03-30
An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News confirmed the firm's involvement with the Institutional Revolutionary Party. A link between Cambridge Analytica, the controversial political consulting firm linked to U.S. President Donald Trump, and Mexico's governing Institutional Revolutionary Party has been uncovered in an investigative report by British broadcaster Channel 4 News. The report, which was published the day before Mexico's presidential election campaigns began, reveals Cambridg...
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Election Tech: Big data proves that America is a purple country - TechRepublic

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When you display big buckets of voter data on a map—coded red for Republican and blue for Democrat—the United States is clearly a purple country. Every campaign, from presidential to local elections, relies on big data. Specifically, campaigns buy voter information and social media data. L2 Political is one of the most widely used campaign data vendors. Customers range from presidential campaigns to local elections to PACs. The product is a powerful window to information like voter name, par...
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Cambridge Analytica denies campaign support in Colombia

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Publication Date: 2018-04-18
Contrary to claims made on the controversial company’s website, Cambridge Analytica told British parliament that it was never hired for political campaigning in Colombia. Former Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser told a parliamentary commission in the UK that it talked to three different campaigns, but was never hired to campaign in the South American country. Kaiser contradicted her own website, which claimed that the company helped an election candidate in Colombia with “reputat...
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Details on 137 categories from the Republican National Committee's lost voter data — Quartz

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It’s common knowledge that political parties in the United States collect information about potential voters, but exactly how comprehensive is the data they collet? To explore that question, we set out to find detailed descriptions of 176 data points the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been gathering about voters since at least 2008. The data points were published on June 19 by a cybersecurity company after one of its analysts found a trove of voter records that had been inadvertentl...
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Campaign 2016: These are the big tech companies powering the election - TechRepublic

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Top Election Tech Companies The 2016 campaign is the most technologically sophisticated general election in the modern era. Two major tech trends--big data and social media--play a major rule inside both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, as well as local and regional down ticket races. In modern campaigns, data informs everything from spending and resource allocation, to policy and communication strategy, to get-out-the-vote efforts. Information is aggregated from voter registration files, s...
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Election tech: Lies, damned lies, and statistics - TechRepublic

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Getty Images/iStockphoto "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Benjamin Disraeli A bitter cold wind whipped the proud flag around a pole as steely gray as the New Hampshire winter sky. "He can't win," she said on condition of anonymity, "because his big data is nonexistent. Has no ground game. He has no get-out-the-vote operation." As canvassers and candidates trudged through the snow, we chatted in a cozy Manchester diner, anxiously waiting for early primary ...
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Projections Before the Polls Close: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2016-11-08
In the history of the Obama campaign’s storied analytics operation, the effort to model the results live on Election Day, before the votes were tallied, was undoubtedly a low point. “That was the worst 12 hours of my life,” said David Shor, a senior data scientist at Civis Analytics who was in the “Cave” — the Obama analytics boiler room — on Election Day of 2012. By late morning, some in the Obama team concluded that President Obama was losing Ohio. This year, Election Day could be the wor...
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Cambridge Analytica testimony dominated by heated exchanges

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The Latest on Facebook's privacy scandal (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Heated exchanges have dominated testimony in Britain by the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica. Alexander Nix vigorously defended himself Wednesday amid allegations the political consulting firm scraped Facebook data and used it to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. U.K. authorities are also investigating whether Facebook data was used in Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union. The hearing ...
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Cambridge Analytica Is Dead, Long Live Our Data | Boston Review

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Publication Date: 2018-05-24
8 Min read time Share: Image: Book Catalog Were data crimes perpetrated against U.S. voters? We are about to know a lot more. Last March I was sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying my morning coffee, when an email from data.compliance@sclgroup.cc arrived. Two months earlier, I had requested my data from the Trump campaign’s data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, and the subject line of this new email (“Next steps in your request”) seemed promising. Cambridge Analytica, a part of the Br...

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