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Aleksandr Kogan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
A Cambridge University psychology professor harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users and then passed on that information, much of which was obtained without the users consent, to a political strategy company with links to President Donald Trump’s campaign, Steve Bannon and the billionaire conservative campaign donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer, according to reports from The Guardian and The New York Times. Aleksandr Kogan, 32, worked with Cambridge Analytica, a Mercer-backed fi...
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Cambridge Analytica Data Scientist Aleksandr Kogan Wants You To Know He’s Not A Russian Spy

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Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he’s considering suing Facebook. LONDON — Aleksandr Kogan wants to set the record straight. “I am not a Russian spy,” he tells BuzzFeed News aboard a Saturday evening flight to the British capital. On Tuesday, the Cambridge University researcher is set to testify here in front of a parliamentary committee that is looking to determine whether the political consulting firm Cambri...
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Philometrics | Surveys Reinvented

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Uses machine learning to forecast how additional people would answer a survey, a method they call "SurveyExtender". The examples they give pertain to the United States and they have multiple companies incorporated there, so it is likely they work there. Some of the same people involved as Cambridge Analytica.
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How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-04-24
How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold As Aleksandr Kogan goes before parliament on Tuesday to account for his role in the controversial harvesting of Facebook data that was later used by Cambridge Analytica, he leaves behind him two unsuccessful companies and a once-promising academic career. Kogan was a young psychologist fresh off a post-doctoral fellowship when he earned an appointment as a lecturer at Cambridge University in 2012...
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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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These Men Helped Create Cambridge Analytica. Here Is Their New, Very Similar Startup.

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Chris Wylie, a data scientist whose work was at the center of a massive Facebook controversy, said publicly that he helped create “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool.” Two of his associates who also helped build that tool have been quietly building another company to analyze and influence human behavior. Two data scientists who were instrumental in the founding of political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica have scrubbed any mention of the controversial company from their social med...
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Data gathered from Facebook users likely spread to other databases and dark web, say experts | The Independent

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
The data on millions of Facebook users that a firm wrongfully swiped from the social network has likely spread to other groups, databases and the dark web, experts said, making company's pledge to safeguard its users’ privacy hard to enforce. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this week that it would notify users whose data might have been taken by Cambridge Analytica, a political marketing firm that worked for the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of an estimat...
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Cambridge Analytica - an object lesson in failed due diligence and deception

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
While attention is being paid to Cambridge Analytica, the focus is misplaced. This story explains why and why due diligence is vital in your dealings. Liam O’Hare at Bellacaledonia has done a first-rate job investigating the ties between Cambridge Analytica, the British political establishment and espionage services. (hat tip to James Governor) O’Hare uncovers a web of connections between powerful politicians, the people who run Cambridge Analytica, SCL and its primary trading group member ...
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How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data

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Publication Date: 2018-03-27
Facebook has been rocked by reports of a massive data scrape carried out by Cambridge Analytica and one of its then-contractors, a Cambridge University academic named Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan claims that the data he collected from thousands of Facebook users and their friends—amounting to data on over 50 million users—abided by Facebook’s terms; Cambridge Analytica promises it deleted the data; and Facebook is auditing everyone it can for signs of the data. advertisement But while Facebook pr...
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L'Affaire Analytica: Plenty of Snake Oil to Go Around. Category: Editorials from The Berkeley Daily Planet

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
In the 1980s, when we were toiling in the high-tech vineyards as an unfunded mom-and-pop startup, this quip was making the rounds: If you look around the table and don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you. Turns out this maxim originated with poker sharks, but it works for tech too. In the dustup around Cambridge Analytica, Dr. Alexandr Borisovich Kogan, Facebook and Facebook users, it’s hard to figure out exactly who’s the sucker. Let’s work our way back to figure it out. I’d be w...
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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 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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