We have advertising law in the UK & most countries. It covers goods & services bc we know that adverts influence people. eg we are not allowed to use cartoons to advertise to kids, or to advertise cigs on TV. There is 7 day cooling off if a sale happens in your home. 2/n
So - everyone who knows anything about the psychology of advertising - knows that advertising works. Anyway - why would anyone spend all that money on it, if it didn't? Large companies routinely spend millions of £ to influence what you spend your money on. 3/n #ABTV
"How many people here have heard of a technological singularity? A technological singularity is something IT people and science fiction writers have liked to talk about for years." /1
"The idea is that we will reach a point, or have already reached a point, where technology is beyond the scope of human understanding and artificial intelligence will be programming itself, in a Skynet sort of world." /2
Around the world, people lamenting the demise of democracy, or fighting for the birth of ‘true’ democracy need to take a closer look. Democracy is a universally failed concept, not because we have not implemented it properly but because the ideas were flawed to begin with. /1
Advocates of democracy as a system of governance usually hold that it will produce the greatest satisfaction among the governed by allowing the voices of all to be heard. /2
Governance is a force directing actions taken by society. We began governance with small tribes arranging relationships and personal assets between themselves and authority only required to settle disputes. /1
As populations grew, we moved to a variety of government systems with full hierarchies, official authorities and hard coercive force in the form of official military and police. Lately we have moved far beyond these forms to all pervasive and largely invisible soft coercion. /2
The indefatigable @carolecadwalla introduces Shahmir Sanni, Vote Leave volunteer, how AggregateIQ, linked to Cambridge Analytica, played crucial role and voices his concerns that electoral spending rules were manipulated… and evidence apparently destroyed theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/m…
What is the difference between a terrorist and a soldier? The actions are now identical, both act to produce terror, so probably the only standing difference is that terrorists are non-government agencies. Remember that. /1
The US intelligence infrastructure is not just huge, it is colossal, a parallel society living among us (yes, us, wherever you live). That has been amply illustrated by the investigative journalism project Top Secret America. /2
Speaking now, @chrisinsilico, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower - how @carolecadwalla (who is held back at the @guardian newsroom writing tomorrow’s big story) provided the patient and nurturing environment that allowed him to come forward...
... what persuaded him to talk to her was that she was a journalist willing to share with other journalists for the greater good, such as C4 and NYT, rather than clinging to her own exclusive as most would.
He started as an anonymous source for her early stories...
... he feels that the Tech journalists dismissed the story and ignored the reality, while Carole didn’t understand the Tech, but saw the significance. He spent the time explaining to Carole what all the Tech tools and processes were...
If Alexander Nix cared about his employees, & doesn't think he's done anything wrong, he would be cooperating with the UK's Information Officer. Not removing allegedly dozens of storage crates containing God knows what from Cambridge Analytica's office. thetimes.co.uk/article/i-ll-r…
Lobby of Cambridge Analytica's office in London. This really does not look good, and the Information Commissioner has confirmed it has nothing to do with them.
Alexander Nix admits in the article though that Cambridge Analytica "could help to change an election result by two or three percentage points using psychological profiling of voters."
That's brave of him to say that given the data breach allegations & Brexit result of 52: 48
With all the concern over Facebook Privacy being highlighted with the recent Cambridge Analytica investigation, I thought I'd share some tips on how to 'clean up & crack down' on your Facebook profile. #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered#Facebook
The obvious thing to do is shut down your profile. However, DEACTIVATING your profile does NOT delete your data. Facebook retain that in case you decide to return. This is an important distinction: if you just want to deactivate - Settings -> Manage Account -> Deactivate
If you want Facebook to delete your data, you need to go to facebook.com/help/delete_ac… - however you may want to archive your old photos and data before doing so, and to be doubly sure, you'll want to manually unlink the external apps and delete your posts and likes.
Joseph Chancellor, founding co-director (with Aleksandr Kogan) of GSR, the company which harvested information from 50 million Facebook users and sold it to Cambridge Analytica, was hired as in-house psychologist by Facebook 2 months after leaving GSR theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/…
Facebook bans Trump campaign’s data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, for stealing user data wapo.st/2phRGOQ
"it failed to delete data that it had taken inappropriately from users of the social network"
Facebook said that Kogan had requested and gained access to information from 270,000 Facebook members after they chose to download his app. The app, “thisisyourdigitallife,” offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as “a research app used by psychologists.”