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Facebook’s week of shame: the Cambridge Analytica fallout | Technology | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-24
Mark Zuckerberg kept his silence – then did little to assuage the anger in a week that laid bare the worst of Silicon Valley Every story has a beginning. For me, the story of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook that has unfolded so spectacularly this past week began in a cafe in Holloway, north London, at the beginning of 2017. I was having a coffee with my colleague Carole Cadwalladr. She had recently written a series of articles that set out how certain Google search terms had been “hijacked...
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Xaxis Politics Launches in the Philippines | GroupM

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PHILIPPINES, 16 February 2016 - Xaxis, the world’s largest programmatic media and technology platform, announced today the launch of Xaxis Politics to coincide with the Philippines Presidential Elections due to take place in May 2016. Xaxis Politics will be the first programmatic product in APAC that enables political advertisers to leverage on real time anonymous voter data to inform their digital campaigns in real time. This means that political candidates can reach their most relevant vot...
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One-fifth of Delaware's population may have had Facebook data exposed : NewsWorks Tonight : Community : WHYY

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The personal information of more than 200,000 Delawareans was compromised in the recently disclosed Facebook data breach, according to the state Department of Justice. Attorney General Matt Denn said 902 Facebook users in Delaware installed an app that allowed Global Science Research to access personal information of those users and their friends without their knowledge or permission. Facebook estimated that nearly 201,000 people in Delaware were friends with those on the social media site w...
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Zuckerberg’s False Promises: Examining The Ethics of Data in the Social Media Era - Dataconomy

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Publication Date: 2018-05-11
During his appearance before the United States Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did quite the job tiptoeing through a minefield of potentially threatening inquiries. Based on his answers, he either has no idea how the platform – which was founded controversially – works, or he blatantly lied to protect his interests in the firm. Despite the obviously high-tech nature of Facebook, no experts were present to evaluate the claims of the technology mogul. W...
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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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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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Xaxis’ First Latin America CEO Talks About Growing Business In A Region With Vastly Diverse Cultures | AdExchanger

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Publication 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...
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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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'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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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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Clinton-Trump debate #1: What the data from social media tells us - TechRepublic

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Image: Getty Images This article was originally published on CNET. Big Data was a big part of the first big debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled it out Monday night at Long Island's Hofstra University in the first of their three debates as they race to become the next US president. The candidates sparred over "America's direction," "achieving prosperity" and "securing America" — basically anything — in a debate that was expected to draw an audience on par with the Super Bowl. ...
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Cambridge Analytica Chief ‘Withdrew $8M’ From Company Linked To Trump’s Wealthy Supporters

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former chief executive of Cambridge Analytica allegedly withdrew $8 million from the data consulting firm before it shut down in the wake of Facebook data breach scandal. The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that Alexander Nix banked the money for "unbooked services" after the first media reports in March revealed that London-based Cambridge Analytica had illicitly harvested 87 million Facebook accounts to target voters during Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign. Ca...
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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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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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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
The company formerly known as Cambridge Analytica shocked the media today when it announced an immediate shutdown and liquidation of its business. That "shutdown," however, may be short-lived as official documents indicate those behind the controversial analytics company will be launching as a new firm with a less-toxic brand. The surprise announcement came on Wednesday evening, when the UK-based Cambridge Anal., and its parent organization SCL Elections, stated it would enter insolvency pr...
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In Its Own User Base, Facebook Confronts a Wide and Varied World

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The latest shoe has dropped on Facebook: Private data on 50 million users found its way to a shadowy research outfit, Global Science Research, and then on to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm launched by former White House adviser Steve Bannon. How does Zuckerberg convert his apology into action while respecting the vastly differing circumstances that his network connects? Zuckerberg has come out with a mea culpa for this latest breach of digital trust. But his company’s glob...
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Cambridge Analytica boss spars with MPs - BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Alexander Nix asked MPs to consider 'what happens if I was the victim?' The former chief of scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has refused to answer questions about the full extent of its use of Facebook-sourced data. Alexander Nix said that he could not do so while an inquiry by the Information Commissioner's office (ICO) was live. He also accused the watchdog of "abusing his parliamentary privilege" by using details revealed at an e...
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Why do we stay on Facebook? It’s complicated

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Publication Date: 2018-06-03
By Kathryn Jezer-Morton Lately, I can’t log onto Facebook without being asked to consider my own motivations for using the site. As a researcher who focuses on online communities, I’m accustomed to this running meta-narrative about what it is I’m actually doing online — but usually, that narrative plays inside my head, not all the way down the feed I’m scrolling through. It’s like my research questions have sprung to life these days: What’s Facebook all about, anyway? Is this even fun? If i...
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48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server

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Publication Date: 2018-04-20
(No Ratings Yet) (No Ratings Yet) Loading... Loading... 48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server LocalBlox, a private intelligence agency, scraped profiles from Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter A private intelligence agency accidentally leaked over 48-million user profiles when it left them exposed on an Amazon Web Server. The company, LocalBlox, scrapes data from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Zillow. The data was stored in an Amazon S3 storage bucket that ...
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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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How the Cambridge Analytica numbers don't stack up

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Publication Date: 2018-03-26
The difference between what FEC records show and what SCL Elections declared as earned from Cambridge Analytica LLC per filed accounts raises important questions. In my last story about Cambridge Analytica, I suggested that where there are doubts, those charged with due diligence should “dig, dig and dig again.” That’s what I’ve been doing, piecing together the numbers as best I can from official sources. Last time out, I quoted from SCL Elections Ltd accounts, (PDF) where I noted: The Com...
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Cambridge Analytica chief 'withdrew $8m' from firm before its collapse | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The polo-loving boss of Cambridge Analytica has today said had got 'carried away' and was 'foolish' when he said his firm would use 'beautiful girls' to seduce politicians. Alexander Nix faced MPs and told them that an undercover film where he claimed Ukrainian prostitutes 'worked well' for honeytraps was a 'lie' to impress potential clients. Mr Nix was suspended as Chief Executive of CA in March after it emerged that it was mining Facebook accounts and selling the data on without permissio...
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Dr Aleksandr Kogan questioned by Committee - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

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24 April 2018 The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee questions Dr Aleksandr Kogan from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, as part of its inquiry into fake news.
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From Treasury Bills To Amazon Stocks, Investments Make Up A Big Part Of Texas Political Campaign Spending – Houston Public Media

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Publication Date: 2018-04-06
A handful of elected officials used more than $28 million from their campaign accounts for investments, making it the second largest category of expenditures in the 2018 election cycle Candidates for state office in Texas have spent more than $120 million so far in the 2018 election cycle — and a handful of them sunk a big chunk of that into investments that ranged from government T-bills to tech stocks, a Texas Tribune analysis shows. The investments exceeded $28 million, making such expen...
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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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Cambridge Analytica chief 'withdrew $8m' from embattled data firm shortly before its collapse - as he prepares to testify to MPs today over Facebook information-selling scandal

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© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alexander Nic has been recalled to face MPs today over evidence he gave them in February and also faces new claims over $8million withdrawn from Cambridge Analytica as the Facebook crisis started The polo-loving boss of Cambridge Analytica has today been accused of withdrawing $8million from the firm before its collapse because of the Facebook data scandal. Alexander Nix is set to face MPs and may be asked about damaging new allegations about his h...
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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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Is Digital Security Really Being Enhanced Post Cambridge Analytica? - Citizen Truth

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Publication Date: 2018-05-23
Fallout From Cambridge Analytic Data Usage The conversation surrounding digital security is in the international spotlight following Cambridge Analytica filing for bankruptcy. Data and security experts have begun looking towards blockchain technology as a possible solution in providing additional security for consumers, medical patients, and those who perform professional work on the internet. In December 2015, The Guardian was the first to uncover the ethical concerns associated with Cambr...
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Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook privacy scandal sees it lose hoards of clients - Daily Record

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Cambridge Analytica is shutting down following it's involvement in the Facebook data scandal. SCL Group and it's Cambridge Analytics consultancy are reportedly closing after the privacy investigation saw the companies lose hoards of clients. It comes as the businesses face mounting legal fees while they are at the centre of the recent Facebook row. The firm ha...
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Social media giants should be forced to reveal political ad details, whistle-blower tells MPs - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-05-29
Open this photo in gallery Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie speaks in London, on March 26, 2018. Alastair Grant/The Canadian Press The Canadian whistle-blower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal says social media giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter should be forced to disclose all details related to political advertising. Christopher Wylie told MPs on Tuesday that this “simple solution” would go a long way toward addressing nefarious uses of social media in politics such a...

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