Cambridge Analytica Uncovered

Cambridge Analytica Uncovered



On March 17, 2018, New York Times posted “How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions.”

Here is the background as covered by Washington Post.

Here is an in-depth undercover investigation by Channel 4 News that reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world.

Bosses are filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers.



Jan Oberg comments

We’ve heard a lot about Russian meddling in the US Presidential election process. We hear daily media stories of just how brilliant Russia’s performance is in the ongoing media/propaganda war.

This documentary is deeply disturbing because it reveals the utter decay in business and political ethics that now influence elections processes in what was supposed to be democracies. It seems plausible to me that the pointing of fingers at Russia – which of course also use media manipulations – is a kind of psycho-political projection of the darkest sides of the West itself upon “the other.” What you see in this documentary ought to be impossible in a modern, decent and lawful society – either by professional standards or by legislation. It obviously isn’t. And, additionally, Facebook will be in huge troubles with these revelations.

Image above by Oberg PhotoGraphics


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2 Responses to "Cambridge Analytica Uncovered"

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  2. Lis Lendal   March 21, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Når oplysninger indhentet via Face Books-likes bruges til at sende “falske nyheder” til modpartens potentielle vælgere for at demotivere dem i forhold til at stemme = gøre dem til sofavælgere, har et repræsentativt demokrati et meget alvorligt problem.
    Når 270.000 mennesker har sagt ja til at deres FB-oplysninger må bruges i en videnskabelig undersøgelse, er der jo ikke givet tilladelse til at deres venners oplysninger må bruges.
    På denne måde blev 270.000 mennesker til 50 millioner mennesker.
    Og forskeren havde ikke tilladelse til at overdrage sine oplysninger om FB-brugere til en 3. part.
    Men dette gjorde han.
    Da FB opdagede dette, krævede de at det modtagende firma slettede oplysningerne.
    Men de fulgte ikke op på om dette efterfølgende skete.
    Hvilket det netop ikke gjorde.
    Vi kan lære meget af dette forløb.
    Nu ved vi meget mere om, hvilke faldgrupper vi skal undgå.


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