Coverage and implications of this untraceable and unlawful foreign influence campaign using Facebook targeting over the Brexit controversy in the UK (remember the UK’s ICO is fining Facebook for data protection violations from Cambridge Analytica scandal) nyti.ms/2QWEtXK
*actually unclear if this campaign is foreign or domestic…but only a foreign entity would think they could get away with these shenanigans on jurisdiction tomfoolery.
Looking forward to attending @AINowInstitute symposium very soon. Tune into the livestream at 6:30pm ET for what looks like a brilliant program probing the new ethical challenges of AI, machine learning, algorithmic accountability, etc. symposium.ainowinstitute.org
Was just reading this section in KHJ’s “Cyberwar” (Oxford U Press 2018) on how Mercer PAC, Breitbart, and TEN_GOP leveraged each other’s visual assets, messaging, etc. to demobilize the black vote in 2016
Section in Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s “Cyberwar” (Oxford 2018) on Cambridge Analytica. Basically, we still don’t know enough to assess their potential impact on campaign analytics or rule out conspiracy with the Kremlin. KHJ doesn’t refer to ICO or DMCS interim reports here either.
Carole’s take on recent hit piece. Again, an article on how she dealt with her sources and subject access requests, and yet I was never reached for comment on being a source or consequential subject access requester. That’s how I knew the piece was shoddy, slanted and a disgrace.
Is it arrogant of me to insist I should’ve been interviewed for the piece? Maybe. But if it wasn’t for me, there would be no criminal prosecution of Cambridge Analytica. So there’s that. theregister.co.uk/2018/10/04/scl…
You can see from these DMs that the reporter sees his job as calling out what he believes is improper behavior in the industry. Well, maybe a more rigorous reporter should be put on that beat? They don’t respond to criticism but they sure do dish it out.
Divisive and domestic disinformation remains a pernicious problem epitomizing the social decay of the Trump era, where citizens have re-fashioned the idea of news into an authoritarian decimation of a common truth. nyti.ms/2CcbknF
This round of bans consist of accounts classified as spam and inauthentic. It just so happens that political disinfo is profitable to generate (fraudulent) adtech revenue (junk clickbait to score ad revenue); “lumascape” companies as underlying culprits. newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/10/r…
In January 2017, wrote this little ditty trying to tie this idea together in the election aftermath. Facebook being willing to classify forensically obvious domestic hyperpartisan junknews garbage as spammy fakery fraud is a step in the right direction. medium.com/@profcarroll/1…
So many simultaneous Kavanaugh scandals, overloaded the system.
- sexual (how can he deny blackouts?)
- financial (how did he pay off debt?)
- hacking (how can he deny knowing about pilfered docs)
- surveillance (how can he deny his role?)
- perjury (how can he lie about it all?)
- financial scandal: the unexplained mystery of the impossible Kavanaugh family finances is nicely documented and explained here (although I do bristle at how it downplays the sexual scandal; again see above on scandal overload) medium.com/@gregolear/sup…
- hacking and surveillance scandal: this piece by @nycsouthpaw is a twofor in that you get deep coverage on both the surveillance FOIA revelation and the senate hacking scandal context yahoo.com/news/lawsuits-…
Feels like a hit piece. Fails to mention that Cadwalladr was legally threatened by Squire Patton Boggs for SCL and Facebook for her reporting. I’m saying this as one of Carole’s sources…who was not interviewed for this piece. buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/…
Another source speaks out in support of Cadwalladr.
I’d say it was particularly shoddy and biased reporting to seek comment from a source about the exercising of subject access request rights and not reach out to Cadwalladr’s known sources (Paul and/or I) for any comment on this particular issue.
Britain awakening to foreign companies interfering in their democracy thru Canada? US government and media still needs to notice that the prosecution of SCL by ICO for US citizens in UK signifies something distressing about democracy in America.
Kinda crazy that a US based show has not yet (to my knowledge) picked out the moments in the Canadian AggregateIQ hearings that apply to US elections in the way that LBC does for Brexit, above. There are many moments to choose from! And get Vickery on the the line. I mean really.
It’s a criminal act in the UK to defy the Information Commissioner’s specific order to comply with data protection law. This order is from May 2018 and now we can confirm it will go to trial in the UK next year. wired.com/story/uk-regul…
A “defunct” company sure seems willing to spend its allegedly sparse resources going to trial against the data cops for refusing to hand over all the personal data it collected about me. What are they hiding? Will their creditors tolerate this?
If you’re up for SCOTUS then yeah all your shit is gonna get dredged up. Welcome to the future.
Kavanaugh stands to be the most anti-privacy justice on the bench. His view of the 4th is as warped as his view of the 1st. He’s most likely to rule in favor of a Citizens United-type decision for Silicon Valley, ruling that business surveillance is protected commercial speech.
It’s hard to imagine a future where Kavanaugh is confirmed and we don’t find ourselves, a decade later, in some fucked up dystopia.
I suspect one reason this mega-breach isn’t causing a bigger reaction is that it has no name. Usually hacks and breaches are quickly dubbed something catchy which catapults them thru the coverage and watercooler debates.
Cleverest I can come up is #ChuckE in reference to Chuck E Cheese’s where you get tokens for your birthday parties, in reference to how access tokens were hacked thru exploits in birthday video upload tool. But that’s quite a US-centric reference.
Why do *right-wing* parties in the Anglosphere consistently *not* use domestic political technology providers?
The Tory campaigning/canvassing app (not Tory conference app) is built by uCampaign. It harvests mobile device address books, just like the Cruz campaign back in the primary season. Tory apps are linked thru a certain gentleman, however.
To clarify this twete, the general story, not necessarily Guardian or Motherboard coverage, went viral, which triggered the Guardian and AP spam/hoax(?) detection snafu which got us off topic from the hacking story. This headline accurately refers to it as hacking not a breach.
A modest proposal to disambiguate these terms:
Breach: data negligently unsecured
Hack: unsecured data attacked
Leak: unsecured user data exhaust
So in this proposed framework, this Happy Birthday Video View As thing that still needs a name is hacking. But Cambridge Analytica was a leak. And so then Deep Root Analytics was a breach because there’s no known evidence of its use.
Remember that time when facebook threatened @guardian with lawsuits over @carolecadwalla’s Cambridge Analytica reporting as a breach. Now there’s an incontrovertible breach and The Guardian is marked as spam.
Did they announce within the 72hr requirement mandated by GDPR?
Think about it. If it wasn’t for the EU, Facebook would likely be under no legal obligation to disclose this with any urgency. See why USA needs a national data protection regulation and muscular enforcer yet? (One Kavanaugh would surely seek to strike down.)
I think @JeffFlake could save the Republican party from itself tomorrow. All it takes is one man to break rank, leading a new moderate faction, willing stand up to trumpism, draw red lines on the right. I hope he was inspired by Dr Blasey Ford’s courage and patriotism today.
It’s so maddening and disappointing and depressing to me. Men, we must do better and do more. I found some refuge in approaching it all as a sociologist would. I appreciate this thread right now. Thank you for pulling it together like this.
Just jumping into this stream as @SenBlumenthal calls for a follow-up round of #TechHearings with non-industry voices. Confirms industry must forgo self-regulation and that Europeans and Californians don't deserve "better" privacy than all Americans, nor an "undue hardship"
"We don't sell data…but we reserve the right to share it…with consent…(buried in legalese)" — the "we don't sell data" line is insulting to all of our intelligence, all those who know what the term "monetize" means.
Reviewing apps in App Store and Google Play that violate #COPPA laws that protect children. App developers self-certify they're compliant. Inherent weakness of FTC on full display here. Industry enforcement is just not a threat to platforms. The violation of COPPA is endemic.