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A New Kind of Electoral Fraud

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  • (USA) Dark money not only undermines our democracy, but also poses serious legal, reputation, and business risks to companies. PoliticalAccountability.net
  • Jun.28.2017: A case-study of political mercenaries – Cambridge Analytica&Bell Pottinger. It remains to be uncovered just how extensive and ruthless these firms can truly be, but given the evidence at hand one must really ponder on the thought that these types of operations take place on a global scale, in virtually all democratic countries. As long as there is a profit to be made, these vultures will prey on the electoral processes that take place, completely disregarding the immorality of their actions and the impact that they have on the general population. This is not another case of fake news or political propaganda – it’s straight up deceit, on an international scale. Open Source Investigations, '
  • Jun.06.2017: Voter profiling in the 2017 Kenyan election. Cambridge Analytica had been quietly contracted by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party in a bid to win himself a second term in office. As people’s lives become increasingly digital, the volume of data available to political campaigns and marketers increases, and so does the granularity of data available. Access to such data means that political campaigns and marketers are able to create detailed profiles of individual voters and entire populations. It also means that messages can be microtargeted to individual voters, depending on how they are to be persuaded. Cambridge Analytica was created by SCL Elections — a company that focusses on data-driven communications for governments and military organizations worldwide. The British signals intelligence agency GCHQ employs a unit called JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) that uses insights from social science, such as psychology, to engage in online manipulation and (mis)information campaigns. Currently there are no assurances that once an extensive database of citizens’ sensitive information is collected it won’t be abused. Privacy International, Frederike Kaltheuner, Claire Lauterbach.
  • May.25.2017: Cambridge Analytica: the Tea Party’s New Atlantic Bridge. Military psychological research & lobbying money have brought Brexit Boiz & Team Trump’s radical nativists together for years. Medium, TextiFire
  • May.13.2017: Serious money is buying and selling our votes, and democracy is the loser. The days when informed voting simply meant watching the party political broadcasts or scrutinising party manifestos are long gone. These days there is a multi-million pound industry that specialises in managing voter behaviour. This is achieved through a combination of data-harvesting and the application of algorithms. Or even via military-style ‘psychological operations‘. Britain’s 2016 EU referendum was a classic example of how this form of electoral subversion occurs. This is military-funded technology that has been harnessed by a global plutocracy and is being used to sway elections in ways that people can’t even see, don’t even realise is happening to them. It’s about exploiting [an] existing phenomenon like nationalism and then using it to manipulate people at the margins. This is not simply about overspends, or the contracting of foreign-based companies to influence voter behaviour. It’s far more fundamental: the subversion of how we participate as citizens in a democracy, flawed as it is. For the voting electorate, like the peasants of old, is merely seen as a group of pawns to exploit.{tag: Vote Leave, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dominic Cummings, Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer, Thomas Borwick, Palantir Technologies, Peter Thiel (Palantir chair + major Facebook investor), GCHQ, Five Eyes, Facebook, Sophie Schmidt, Google, Eric Schmidt, Arron Banks.} The Canary, Tom Coburg
  • May.10.2017: How Uhuru Intends to fool Kenyans to vote him in for another five years: Scaremongering, Hatred and Fake News. Jubilee has contracted the services of global data mining company Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the August presidential election. Kenya Today, '
  • Apr.04.2017: Plutarchy in the UK: An SCL Conspiracy Theory Roundup. Are wildly unsubstantiated accusations against Cambridge Analytica hindering the quest for truth? Medium, TextiFire
  • Mar.30.2017: Facebook failed to protect 30 million users from having their data harvested by Trump campaign affiliate. In 2014, traces of an unusual survey, connected to Facebook, began appearing on internet message boards. The task posted by Global Science Research appeared ordinary, at least on the surface. Their data was being collected by Aleksandr Kogan, a young lecturer at Cambridge University. Kogan founded Global Science Research in 2014 (see [Guardian report]). The data collection that Kogan undertook was done on behalf of a military contractor called Strategic Communication Laboratories, or SCL. SCL has a spin-off called Cambridge Analytica (CA), in which Robert Mercer has a large stake. Steve Bannon was one of CA's officers. The purpose of Kogan’s work was to develop an algorithm for the “national profiling capacity of American citizens” as part of SCL’s work. In Sept.2016, Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Alexander Nix, said that the company built a model based on “hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Americans” filling out personality surveys, generating a “model to predict the personality of every single adult in the United States of America.” Facebook appears not to have considered Global Science Research’s data collection to have been a serious ethical lapse. Joseph Chancellor, Kogan’s main collaborator on the SCL project and a former co-owner of Global Science Research, is now employed by Facebook Research. The Information Commissioner’s Office, an official privacy watchdog within the government, is now looking into whether Cambridge Analytica and similar companies might pose a risk to voters’ rights. The inquiry was triggered by reports in the Observer of ties between Robert Mercer, Cambridge Analytica, and the Leave.EU campaign, which worked to persuade British voters to leave the European Union. While Nix has previously talked about the firm’s work for Leave.EU,[1] Cambridge Analytica now denies that it had any paid role in the campaign. The Intercept, Mattathias Schwartz
  • Feb.04.2017: Dark Arts. "Dark money" is the term used in the US for the undisclosed funding of organisations involved in political advocacy. Few people would see a tobacco company as a credible source on public health, or a coal company as a neutral commentator on climate change. To advance their political interests, such companies must pay others to speak on their behalf. Monbiot.com, George Monbiot
  • Jan.2017: AggregateIQ engineered the winning trio of lies "£350m/NHS/Turkey". The vast majority of all these short videos, as with the ads generally, hammered the same messages: £350m / NHS / Turkey. Most of the money was spent on persuading a group of about 9 million people defined as: between 35-55, outside London and Scotland, excluding UKIP supporters and associated characteristics, and some other criteria. The rest went mostly on targeted GOTV. The most successful ad with almost all demographics all the way through was a variation on £350m/NHS that AIQ did early on and we never could beat it. {Note: file downloaded to /Dominic-Cummings/eu-referendum-22-numbers-2017.01.20.pdf} Dominic Cummings blog, Dominic Cummings
  • Feb.25.2014: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. {GCHQ, Five Eyes, JTRIG, NSA} The Intercept, Gelnn Greenwald
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