Oxford Study: Political Data Mining Companies are Manipulating Elections Around the World

2 August 2018 — TRNN

An extensive new Oxford University study shows that governments, political parties, and NGOs spend well over half a billion dollars around the world to influence elections and public opinion, most of it in a completely unregulated and secretive manner. We speak to the study’s co-author, Samantha Bradshaw (inc. transcript) Continue reading

Statewatch launch Observatory as interoperable Justice and Home Affairs databases morph into a centralised Big Brother database

13 July 2018 — Statewatch

Press release 12 July 2018: For immediate release: Please re-tweet from: https://twitter.com/StatewatchEU

Statewatch launch new Observatory as interoperable Justice and Home Affairs databases morph into a centralised Big Brother database

“The time to ring the alarms bells is not when Big Brother is in place but when there are the first signs of its construction.” (Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director)

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medConfidential Bulletin, 6th July 2018

6 July 2018 — MedConfidential

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who kindly let us know when they received their letter about the new National Data Opt-Out. This helped us confirm what patients were being told. 

Clearly NHS Digital has not written to everyone who made a Type-2 objection (see below) – and NHS England, which is responsible for informing everyone else, still refuses to write to people who haven’t opted out about their new choice. Meanwhile, its virtually invisible ‘communications campaign’ stumbles on. Have you heard any of the radio ads or talk radio debates that apparently NHS England has arranged?

Also, if you’ve not received a letter yet, we’d be very interested to hear when yours shows up, because…

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Cambridge Analytica holds a mirror up to the mainstream media

20 March 2018 — In Defence of Marxism

In the last 48 hours, liberal news outlets (in particular Britain’s Guardian newspaper), have made a scandal out of the exposé into Cambridge Analytica. This is a shadowy peddler of influence that has been exposed by an employee-turned-whistleblower for its use of masses of digital data to target political adverts.

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Cambridge Analytica And The Manipulation Of People

20 March 2018 — Moon of Alabama

by Debs is Dead
lifted from a comment

MoA-ites correctly distrust every word emanating from the mealy mouthed Guardian because it has been used in a vicious campaign to advance the interests of Zionists to the point where the well being of Guardian readers has been relegated below the interests of apartheid Israel.

Nevertheless having a bit of a shufti at the loudly trumpeted Facebook-Cambridge Analytica expose is an essential act for anyone who wants to try to get a grip on how populations are being deliberately manipulated.

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Facebook Scandal Blows Away ‘Russiagate’ By Finian Cunningham

23 March 2108 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Now, at last, a real “election influence” scandal – and, laughably, it’s got nothing to do with Russia. The protagonists are none other than the “all-American” US social media giant Facebook and a British data consultancy firm with the academic-sounding name Cambridge Analytica.

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Predictive Technology: A New Tool For The Thought Police By Nicholas West

2 July 2014 — Activist Post

Predictive technology is exploding, in stealth, across the virtual landscape. The arrival of Big Data initiatives by government, as well as a massive industry of data brokers is not only putting privacy at risk, but is offering those with access to the information unprecedented ways to manage the lives of everyday citizens.

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Inside the OpenMIND: Open Source Social Media Datamining and “Predictive” Policing

11 November 2013 — PR Watch

Records obtained by DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy (DBA/CMD) shed new light on a technology, OpenMIND, utilized by law enforcement/counter-terrorism fusion center personnel in gathering and analyzing mass amounts of “open source intelligence” derived from the online lives of Americans.

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PRISM is driving the uptake of privacy services, but there’s no simple solution to beating the NSA By Nick Pearson

4 November 2013 —  WashingtonsBlog

This article was written by IVPN’s Nick Pearson. IVPN is an online privacy platform, and Electronic Frontier Foundation member, dedicated to protecting online freedoms and online privacy.

While Edward Snowden’s PRISM revelations failed to spark much widespread outrage among the general public, an apparent spike in the uptake of Virtual Private Networks suggests the online privacy market could be entering a golden period. But when commerce is driven by fear there is plenty of opportunity for exploitation and many privacy-concerned citizens may be lulled into a false sense of security over services that won’t protect their data.

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