Carole Cadwalladr and Emma Graham-Harrison:
It includes emails, invoices, contracts and bank transfers that reveal more than 50 million profiles – mostly belonging to registered US voters – were harvested from the site in the largest ever breach of Facebook data.
Facebook on Friday said that it was also suspending Wylie from accessing the platform while it carried out its investigation, despite his role as a whistleblower.
At the time of the data breach, Wylie was a Cambridge Analytica employee, but Facebook described him as working for Eunoia Technologies, a firm he set up on his own after leaving his former employer in late 2014.
The evidence he supplied to authorities in the UK and US includes a letter from Facebook’s own lawyers sent to him in August 2016, asking him to destroy any data he held that had been collected by GSR, the company set up by Kogan to harvest the profiles.
Related: “strip mining humanity”
The 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns and Facebook.
Dan Ball (2013): How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data.
Former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s role in the 2016 Clinton campaign.
Eric Schmidt and Wikileaks.
Obama, Facebook and 2012.
Ex-Obama Campaign Director Drops Bombshell Claim on Facebook: ‘They Were on Our Side’:
A former Obama campaign official is claiming that Facebook knowingly allowed them to mine massive amounts of Facebook data — more than they would’ve allowed someone else to do — because they were supportive of the campaign.
In a Sunday tweet thread, Carol Davidsen, former director of integration and media analytics for Obama for America, said the 2012 campaign led Facebook to “suck out the whole social graph” and target potential voters. They would then use that data to do things like append their email lists.
Friended: How the Obama Campaign Connected with Young Voters:
That’s because the more than 1 million Obama backers who signed up for the app gave the campaign permission to look at their Facebook friend lists. In an instant, the campaign had a way to see the hidden young voters. Roughly 85% of those without a listed phone number could be found in the uploaded friend lists. What’s more, Facebook offered an ideal way to reach them. “People don’t trust campaigns. They don’t even trust media organizations,” says Goff. “Who do they trust? Their friends.”
Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown: Brendan Nyhan.
Yep. Facebook non-users get profiled, too. This is our online infrastructure: dossiers are accumulated whatever you do.
How Obama’s Team Used Big Data to Rally Voters:
In the 2008 presidential election, Obama’s targeters had assigned every voter in the country a pair of scores based on the probability that the individual would perform two distinct actions that mattered to the campaign: casting a ballot and supporting Obama. These scores were derived from an unprecedented volume of ongoing survey work. For each battleground state every week, the campaign’s call centers conducted 5,000 to 10,000 so-called short-form interviews that quickly gauged a voter’s preferences, and 1,000 interviews in a long-form version that was more like a traditional poll. To derive individual-level predictions, algorithms trawled for patterns between these opinions and the data points the campaign had assembled for every voter—as many as one thousand variables each, drawn from voter registration records, consumer data warehouses, and past campaign contacts.
Mea Culpa formulas.
Facebook Data of 1.2 Million Users from 2005 Released: Limited Exposure, but Very Problematic
A republic requires interested and engaged citizens.
The long term Madison K-12 reading disaster has a very steep price, far beyond our $20,000 per student annual expenditures.