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AggregateIQ, Canadian data firm at centre of global controversy, was hired by clients big and small - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-04-16
AggregateIQ, the Victoria consultancy that was suspended by Facebook amid controversy over its role in political campaigns in Britain and elsewhere, worked on a range of smaller elections in Canada – including an ill-fated comeback last year by a former mayor in Newfoundland. A list of AggregateIQ’s Canadian clients is detailed in files uncovered online in late March by UpGuard Inc. The U.S. cybersecurity consulting firm discovered some of the inner workings of AggregateIQ after the B.C. com...
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What was it really like to work for Cambridge Analytica? | Coffee House

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
From 2009 to 2010 Sven Hughes worked for SCL group, the parent company of the controversial — now deceased — Cambridge Analytica. SCL/Cambridge Analytica and its CEO Alexander Nix have been in the news a lot lately, chiefly because of their role in the Trump campaign. The fall of Cambridge Analytica was prompted by a Channel 4 documentary in which Nix boasted about running ‘counter ops’ — sting operations and so on — against political opponents. The firm shut down on Wednesday. In this podca...
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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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Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation. An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The British data company was secretly filmed discus...
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Meet the Psychologist at the Center of Facebook's Data Scandal - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
In a video published online in September, a social scientist named Alex Spectre made an earnest pitch for his new startup. Clad in the Silicon Valley uniform of open-collar shirt and blazer, Spectre boasted that his company -- Philometrics -- would revolutionize the way online surveys were done, making it easier for companies to design questionnaires that people would actually respond to on Facebook, Twitter or other sites. Crucially, he said, the surveys could predict the responses for large...
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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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Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

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Illustration: Angelica Alzona/Gizmodo Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be insane.” “I was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do?’” the former employee continued. “I won’t say the writing was on the wall, I didn’t nece...
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Numbers lie all the time: How political polls work - TechRepublic

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Joey: You don't know what these numbers told you. I'm an expert, and I don't know what these numbers just told you. Josh: Numbers don't lie. Joey: They lie all the time. Numbers lie all the time. Yet the business of numbers is big business. Big data helps companies make better decisions by extracting key insights from piles of information. Polling does the same for politics. And like big data for business, though results can be ambiguous and notoriously hard to interpret, polls are essent...
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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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MoD granted 'List X' status to Cambridge Analytica parent company | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
MPs call for investigation into concerns over SCL Group and its access to secret documents The chair of the Commons home affairs committee has called for a full investigation into the activities of Cambridge Analytica after it emerged that its parent company was granted provisional “List X” status by the Ministry of Defence until 2013, granting it access to secret documents. The Labour MP Yvette Cooper said there were serious concerns around SCL Group and its subsidiary Cambridge Analytica,...
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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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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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Featured Job: Research and Product Development Director with 10x Psychometrics | The Psychologist

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Peter Saville, founder of 10x Psychometrics, is very clear about the opportunity this role offers: ‘Join us and you’ll have the freedom to use your brain. We’re going places and you’ll go places with us.’ But how, I wondered, will this person find a role working with Peter Saville, who is one of the world’s leading psychometricians, a serial successful entrepreneur and author of over 100 tests. After the success of SHL and Saville Consulting, surely Peter can create a new company’s products ...
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Cambridge Analytica data scientist says he'd testify before Congress

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
The data scientist who gathered information on millions of Americans for Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, says he would be happy to testify before Congress and speak to the FBI about the work he did for the company. Aleksandr Kogan made the remarks in an email he sent to colleagues at Cambridge University this weekend that was obtained by CNN. "I've also seriously been asked if the FBI has reached out, if the two congressi...
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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 Nix said it licensed ‘millions of data points’ from Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters – TechCrunch

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The repeat grilling by the U.K. parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad agency at the center of a Facebook data misuse scandal — was not able to shed much new light on what may or may not have been going on inside the company. But one nugget of information Nix let slip were the names of specific data aggregators he said Cambridge Analytica had bought “consumer and lifestyl...
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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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