Cambridge Analytica

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  • Mar.23.2018: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory. Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory. Former employee explains how presentation showed techniques used to target voters. lots of graphics here, useful explanation too. Paul Lewis, Paul Hilder, The Guardian.
  • Mar.20.2018: 'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine. Sandy Parakilas, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way. Paul Lewis, The Guardian: Cambridge Analytica Files.
  • Dec.19.2017: A Groundbreaking Case May Force Controversial Data Firm Cambridge Analytica to Reveal Trump Secrets. Before the 2016 presidential campaign, David Carroll, a media professor at New York’s Parsons School of Design, didn’t know much, if anything, about Cambridge Analytica. Despite studying data collection and privacy, he says he had probably only heard the name of the data analytics company mentioned once or twice. But that was before the election. And it was before, of course, it became clear that the firm—partially owned by Trump mega-donor Robert Mercer and the place where former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon once served as vice president—would help propel Donald Trump into the White House by cultivating vast troves of information on an untold number of American voters to craft controversial and highly targeted political messages. (more...) Jackie Flynn Mogensen, The Guardian.