I'm going to assume that you weren't living in an internet-proof cave this weekend, and caught at least some of the stories about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. The news first kicked off with the announcement of a data protection lawsuit filed against Cambridge Analytica in the UK on Friday evening (we'll likely have more on that lawsuit soon), followed quickly by an attempt by Facebook to get out ahead of the coming tidal wave by announcing that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica and s...
NewsPublication Date: 2018-03-18
Facebook told CNN it is looking into ties between one of its current employees and Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign and was suspended by Facebook on Friday. Joseph Chancellor, now a researcher at Facebook (FB), was a director of Global Science Research, a company that provided data to Cambridge Analytica. The New York Times and The Observer newspaper in London reported Saturday that Cambridge Analytica harvested information...
NewsPublication 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...
AggregateIQ, Canadian data firm at centre of global controversy, was hired by clients big and small - The Globe and Mail
NewsPublication 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...
Xaxis’ First Latin America CEO Talks About Growing Business In A Region With Vastly Diverse Cultures | AdExchanger
NewsPublication Date: 2016-08-03
WPP-owned ad network-slash-tech shop Xaxis has its first-ever Latin America CEO. Lucas Mentasti was promoted from the unit’s Latin America managing director to its chief. It’s a big step up from where he started in 2013, moving from Publicis-owned Starcom to head up Xaxis’ Latin America business. At that time, “head up” meant doing everything, from selling to counting all the I/Os. Such are the glories of being the only employee. Xaxis’ Latin America unit has grown significantly since then. I...
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...
NewsPublication Date: 2017-12-19
Pig.gi, a Mexico City-based startup that provides an Android lock screen app that lets users earn free mobile airtime, raised $2.3m in seed funding. Backers included Archipelago Global and other investors. The company will use the capital to continue scaling its mobile airtime platform in Latin America and develop new ways to make internet connectivity more accessible in emerging markets. Co-led by Isaac and Joel (CEO) Phillips, Pig.gi provides an app that allows users to interact with inc...
NewsPublication Date: 2018-06-05
Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part investigation into Cambridge Analytica/SCL’s global operations. Read the first part here. Internal documents exclusively obtained by the Grayzone Project (and embedded after this article) show how Cambridge Analytica’s UK-based parent company, SCL group, conducted a surveillance operation in Yemen called Project Titania. The initiative relied on psychological profiling, “strategic communications campaigns,” and infiltration of forei...