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Global Science Research stories at Techdirt.

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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...
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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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L2 : Data: Modeling: HaystaqDNA

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“The speed and accuracy of this type of modeling has increased dramatically over the last couple of years, but the basic concept remains the same: We’re using information we have about some people, [then] combining it with data about everyone, to build statistical models that predict how those other people would approach that behavior.” — CEO Ken Strasma speaking to CMO.com about HaystaqDNA’s modeling Election 2008 gave HaystaqDNA a unique place in history when their microtargeting technique...
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How Cozy: Obama Campaign to NYT to WSJ to USA Today and Now to CBS

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Publication Date: 2015-12-30
Michael Simon, who headed the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign’s targeting and analytics team, has joined CBS Radio, the Tom Taylor Now radio industry e-mail newsletter reported last week in an item highlighted on DCRTV.com. Taylor relayed how “Simon worked on the Obama campaign and later in the administration itself. He also started the ‘data science consultancy’ named HaystaqDNA.” Tagline on HaystaqDNA’s Web site and its @HaystaqDNA Twitter feed: “We pioneered the predictive analyti...
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Data tools of Obama veterans aiding Trump campaign - POLITICO

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Publication Date: 2016-07-20
Data tools that once helped Obama have fallen into the hands of the Trump campaign. | Getty Data tools of Obama veterans aiding Trump campaign Donald Trump’s campaign has driven key decisions by using advanced data tools developed by veterans of President Barack Obama’s first White House run, says a former Trump campaign staffer — a revelation that surprised and angered liberal campaign veterans. Matt Braynard, the Trump campaign’s data lead for five months of the primary season, disclosed ...
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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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