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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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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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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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Exclusive: How a tiny Canadian IT company helped swing the Brexit vote for Leave 

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Publication Date: 2017-02-24
With the entire political establishment massed against them and the bookmakers giving them no hope, the Leave campaign faced what many thought was an impossible battle to take Britain out of the European Union. But election data published yesterday has provided a window into how Vote Leave upset the odds to land a sensational victory in last year's EU referendum. While the Remain camp boasted of their success in reaching out to millions of people on Facebook, home to the millennial voters w...
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How big data helped secure Emmanuel Macron’s astounding victory | Prospect Magazine

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From the moment that Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency, it was clear that the parliamentary elections on the 11th and 18th of this month would be critical. Despite his status-quo-smashing victory, Macron’s powers would be severely limited without a majority in the French National Assembly. Initially, even supporters feared that he would not be able to beat political odds twice in just over a month. Yet polls this week indicate that his new party, La République en marche! (REM), could...
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Cambridge Analytica’s Parent Company Helped Shape Saudi Arabia’s Reform Movement - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-31
He has spearheaded the reform effort, and is reshaping the power dynamic in the kingdom and the entire region. But his nobler pretensions have been muted by his outsize spending habits, as well as a roundup of billionaires, princes and other officials tied to previous governments. The government is said to have used coercion and physical abuse to seize billions of dollars from the detainees, who were initially held at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh. The prince’s motives were again called into qu...
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Cambridge Analytica’s Parent Company Helped Shape Saudi Arabia’s Reform Movement - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-31
He has spearheaded the reform effort, and is reshaping the power dynamic in the kingdom and the entire region. But his nobler pretensions have been muted by his outsize spending habits, as well as a roundup of billionaires, princes and other officials tied to previous governments. The government is said to have used coercion and physical abuse to seize billions of dollars from the detainees, who were initially held at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh. The prince’s motives were again called into qu...

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