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Ex-CEO: Cambridge Analytica became "huge target" after Trump win - CBS News

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LONDON -- The former head of Cambridge Analytica said Wednesday that his political consulting firm got "an incredibly huge target" on its back because of its involvement in President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Alexander Nix said his now-defunct firm had become the subject of global derision and was unfairly blamed for putting Mr. Trump in office. The remarks came as an unrepentant Nix clashed with British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns. The Pa...
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Boss at centre of data row tells British MPs he has been ‘victimised’ | Irish Examiner

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former boss of Cambridge Analytica has claimed his company has been “victimised” by a liberal backlash against Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Alexander Nix was suspended as the data analysis firm’s chief executive after being filmed discussing the use of prostitutes and bribes in honey-traps to discredit politicians, and later resigned amid claims of the misuse of Facebook users’ personal information in the Trump campaign. Giving evidence to a British parliamentary committee, ...
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Before Elections, Dutch Fear Russian Meddling, but Also U.S. Cash - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2017-03-07
While France bars contributions from businesses, loans are allowed. A Russian bank made headlines in recent years after lending millions of euros to the far-right National Front party of Marine Le Pen. After that bank failed last year, the party complained that it had been shunned by French banks and declared itself in the market for a new lender. If nothing else, European far-right parties are gaining newly emboldened allies. “I expect the Trump administration to be more open to these part...
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Emerdata: Basically Cambridge Analytica Rebranded | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Boasting many of the same principals as Cambridge Analytica, that company's announced "shutdown" looks a lot like a renaming. And the timing is suspicious. Yesterday, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data-mining firm that improperly accessed Facebook data of 87 million people, was shutting down. But "shutting down" may not mean much — many of that company's principal players are associated with a new data company called Emerdata. What is Emerdata? Emerdata was ...
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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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Subpoena for Cambridge Analytica, Brad Parscale sought by Democrats - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-12-14
The ranking members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees want to subpoena two of the data firms hired by President Donald Trump's campaign team for documents related to Russia's election interference. The firms: Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale. Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale have not denied that they had contact with foreign actors during the campaign, the Democrats wrote, but they have failed to turn over documents requested by the committees in October. The ra...
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Cambridge Analytica Revenue Fell as Questions About Data Tactics Surfaced - WSJ

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Cambridge Analytica LLC enjoyed good results for 2016, when it worked for the campaign that helped to elect President Donald Trump, but its business declined sharply in the next year as questions mounted about its tactics. Revenue at the data-mining company was only about $5 million in 2017, after topping $25 million a year earlier, according to new bankruptcy-court records. Cambridge—facing...
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Cambridge Analytica executives and Mercer family launch Emerdata - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The power players behind Cambridge Analytica have set up a new company — and the daughters of Donald Trump-supporting billionaire Robert Mercer have just joined as directors. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer joined Emerdata on March 16, but it is shrouded in mystery. Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is also a director, as well as other executives from parent firm SCL Group. Emerdata also lists Johnson Chun Shun Ko, a Chinese executive from Frontier Services Group, the mi...
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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 Backers Already Set Up New Data Co, Emerdata

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
It's unclear what UK-based Emerdata does, but the Mercers are involved, along with Cambridge Analytica executives and Betsy DeVos's brother. Rebekah Mercer, right, with presidential advisers Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon and Trump aide Hope Hicks at Donald Trump's inauguration. Days after revelations about how Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook data to manipulate users during the 2016 presidential election, leading to the suspension of the company's CEO, a new report says the pro-Trum...
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Half Of Facebook Users Report Privacy Concerns | PYMNTS.com

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Publication Date: 2018-06-01
Despite the revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook users don’t appear to be leaving the platform. A recent Thomson Reuters survey found that more than a quarter of survey participants are actually using Facebook more, eMarketer reported. In addition, 18 percent of users report using the service less, while only 1 percent reported deleting their accounts. Even so, some Facebook users appear to be thinking twice before posting. When asked why they were sharing less content on Fa...
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Not Just the Trump Commission: Political Parties and Data Firms Already Get N.H. Voters' Data | New Hampshire Public Radio

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When New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he intended to share information from the state’s public voter checklists with a newly launched Trump administration commission, plenty of people were quick to decry the move as an “invasion of privacy.” But this debate over the decision to turn over voter data to the Trump commission has also highlighted a gap in public awareness around the state’s elections: A lot of people don’t seem to realize this same information is already being ...
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Mueller questions RNC staffers about 2016 digital operations - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-12-27
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly begun to question Republican National Committee staffers about the party's digital work with the Trump campaign last year. The report indicates that Mueller may be homing in on yet another facet of Russia's election interference — its social media influence campaign and targeted political advertising. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner managed the Trump campaign's data operation and recently hired a crisis public relations firm to handle all press...
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How serious is Donald Trump? His campaign lacks one essential tool — Quartz

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He has a commanding lead in the polls, but Donald Trump is the only Republican presidential candidate who hasn’t purchased a database of voter information, which political campaigns use to target supporters and mobilize them on election day. Modern campaigns also rely on voter files to plan everything from advertising to events, and accurate information is particularly key in the early state of Iowa, where voters will select a candidate in January through a complicated caucus process that ga...
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‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- 'TRUMPCARE' already here -- ROGER STONE’s email defending himself -- DEMS weigh Gorsuch deal -- THE JUICE: LIZ ALLEN to GPG -- B'DAY: Ryan Grim - POLITICO

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Publication Date: 2017-03-23
‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- 'TRUMPCARE' already here -- ROGER STONE’s email defending himself -- DEMS weigh Gorsuch deal -- THE JUICE: LIZ ALLEN to GPG -- B'DAY: Ryan Grim Driving the Day Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2nar2pG ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf Good Thursday morning. Story Continued Below THE REALITY -- ‘IT’S ALL UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE NOW’ -- The health-care bill i...
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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 Involved in Latin American Elections | Miami New Times

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
Crafting propaganda programs for political campaigns sure is lucrative. Cambridge Analytica, the British-American "internet messaging" outlet caught on hidden-camera footage this week bragging about blackmailing candidates, bribing people, and coordinating with the Trump campaign, seems to have tendrils snaking all over the world, from the U.K. Brexit campaign all the way to Kenya's last major election in 2017. And it seems the firm has moved to target Latin America and Spanish-speaking vote...
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Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
The blueprint for how Cambridge Analytica claimed to have won the White House for Donald Trump by using Google, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is revealed for the first time in an internal company document obtained by the Guardian. The 27-page presentation was produced by the Cambridge Analytica officials who worked most closely on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. A former employee explained to the Guardian how it details the techniques used by the Trump campaign to micro-target...
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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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Publication Date: 2016-09-03
WASHINGTON – A former Donald Trump campaign insider wants to set the record straight on a major story he says the chattering classes missed: It’s about Trump’s core supporters, who they are, and why they’re drawn to him. It was Matt Braynard’s job to identify these supporters. He led Trump’s data operation in the early primaries, a position that gave him a unique vantage point into an epochal political phenomenon. The media misdiagnosed it, he says. They focused on economics, education and ...
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Gallery: The future impact of big data in politics - TechRepublic

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Issue: Opposed to Muslim Ban - L2 Data In the wake of the presidential election many Democrats who relied on big data to predict big wins were despondent. "We were wrong," said one Democratic strategist on condition of anonymity. "We were overconfident and need to completely rethink our models. But let me say that again: We need to rethink our models, and not the use of data." Paul Westcott, Director of Marketing and Communications for L2 Political, cheerfully agrees. Big data was the big w...
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Los mexicanos rechazan a Trump, pero aman las marcas de EU | Expansión.

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Publication Date: 2017-11-21
A pesar de que 75% de los nacionales repudia la administración de Donald Trump, siete de cada 10 cree que los productos y servicios que ofrecen las empresas estadounidenses son 'cool'. CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (Expansión) - Los temas políticos no influyen en la decisión de compra de los consumidores mexicanos, asegura Douglas Mello, jefe de Planeación de la agencia de marketing J. Walter Thompson. El directivo, quien participó en la elaboración de ‘Brand America: Capítulo México’, estudio que anal...
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Cambridge Analytica Revenue Fell as Questions About Data Tactics Surfaced - WSJ

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Cambridge Analytica LLC enjoyed good results for 2016, when it worked for the campaign that helped to elect President Donald Trump, but its business declined sharply in the next year as questions mounted about its tactics. Revenue at the data-mining company was only about $5 million in 2017, after topping $25 million a year earlier, according to new bankruptcy-court records. Cambridge—facing...
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Cambridge Analytica Revenue Fell as Questions About Data Tactics Surfaced - WSJ

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Cambridge Analytica LLC enjoyed good results for 2016, when it worked for the campaign that helped to elect President Donald Trump, but its business declined sharply in the next year as questions mounted about its tactics. Revenue at the data-mining company was only about $5 million in 2017, after topping $25 million a year earlier, according to new bankruptcy-court records. Cambridge—facing...
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Democrats Ask Trump Campaign's Data Firms About Overseas Help - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2017-10-26
The top Democrats on two House committees are demanding answers from five data analytics companies involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign about their voter targeting and whether they were helped by a foreign entity or actor. Representatives John Conyers of the Judiciary Committee and Elijah Cummings of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in letters to the companies Thursday that while it’s known that Russia interfered with the 2016 election by targeting voters online,...

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