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How political campaigns use big data to get out the vote - TechRepublic

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It is an election year. If you will recall, at TechRepublic and ZDNet in 2016, we tracked not the horse race, but the data and technology that powers politics. Why? Because there's a ton of information private industry and other institutions, like academics and NGOs, can get from learning how politics use and doesn't use data. TechRepublic met with Paul Westcott, vice president of data at L2 Political, one of the largest data vendors in politics. The political world is its own world, and for...
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EU politicians convert to ‘big data’ as campaign weapon – EURACTIV.com

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Publication Date: 2016-06-21
This article is part of our special report Big data meets politics. US politicians are the acknowledged forerunners when it comes to using digital technologies in election campaigns. But Europeans are making strides in their attempt to catch up, with the 2014 EU election providing a testing ground for big data analysts. The Howard Dean campaign for the 2004 US presidential election is considered as a kind of year zero of data analytics applied to political campaigning. Although he lost the ...
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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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The Brexit whistleblower: ‘Did Vote Leave use me? Was I naive' | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-24
When I first met Shahmir Sanni last August, he was nervy, anxious, uncertain. “I’ve just started piecing it together,” he said, in what was our first off-the-record conversation. “All this stuff I didn’t realise at the time.” Stuff that a series of investigations and news articles had forced him to start thinking about. “Was I just really naive?” he asked. Then later: “Do you think they just used me?” It’s been a painful question for Sanni, one that he’s struggled with over a period of month...
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Bad-Tempered Emails Reveal Fight to Tie Fake News to Brexit Vote - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-06-05
Dominic Cummings, the director of Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum, refuses to answer questions by a panel of lawmakers as part of an investigation into fake news. Now he could face contempt charges. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee published on Tuesday a series of heated exchanges between Cummings and its chairman. “I will not participate in your theatre” he wrote to Damian Collins, who has upped the ante by asking Speaker John Bercow to find time for a debate so the e...
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Cambridge Analytica files outline tactics to influence... | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-03-29
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company boasted that it had influenced voters across the world – including one claim that “anti-election rallies” had been held to discourage people from turning out at the ballot box in Nigeria. SCL Group documents submitted by whistleblower Christopher Wylie and released by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on Thursday revealed the company speaking of its “international experience” in political research, citing work on multiple foreign elections. ...
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Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group - what we know so far

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Publication Date: 2018-03-25
Cambridge Analytica, an offshoot of the Scl Group (a private British behavioural research and strategic communication company) has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Whistleblower ex-employee 28-year-old Chris Wylie revealed how the company had harvested and passed on personal Facebook data without account holders' permission. This data was then used to run targeted 'fake news' campaigns during the US presidential election. Subsequent to Wylie's disclosures, a channel 4 documentary ...
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Details on 137 categories from the Republican National Committee's lost voter data — Quartz

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It’s common knowledge that political parties in the United States collect information about potential voters, but exactly how comprehensive is the data they collet? To explore that question, we set out to find detailed descriptions of 176 data points the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been gathering about voters since at least 2008. The data points were published on June 19 by a cybersecurity company after one of its analysts found a trove of voter records that had been inadvertentl...
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Facebook suspends data firm hired by Vote Leave over alleged Cambridge Analytica ties | Technology | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-04-06
AggregateIQ, which played a pivotal role in the Brexit campaign, suspended after reports it may have improperly obtained user data Facebook has suspended the Canadian data firm with which the official Vote Leave campaign spent 40% of its budget, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to unfold. On Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended AggregateIQ (AIQ) from its platform following reports the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL. In its statement...
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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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