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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust

*Cartoons: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

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There are two dangers in the media howl over Trump’s computer gurus Cambridge Analytica ( TT HERE ), the data-driven psy-ops company founded by billionaire brown-shirts, the Mercer Family.

The story is that Cambridge Analytica, once directed by Steve Bannon, by shoplifting Facebook profiles to bend your brain, is some unique “bad apple” of the cyber world.

That’s a dangerously narrow view. In fact, the dark art of dynamic psychometric manipulation in politics was not pioneered by Cambridge Analytica for Trump, but by i360 Themis, the operation founded by … no points for guessing … the Brothers Koch.

Mark Swedlund, himself an expert in these tools, explained in the film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, that i360 dynamically tracks you on 1800 behaviors, or as Swedlund graphically puts it [see clip above],

“They know the last time you downloaded porn and
whether you ordered Chinese food before you voted.”

Swedlund adds his expert conclusion: “I think that’s creepy” …

Read more here

Greg Palast has an estensive bio at the end of the article …

Guardian Oz: Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Trump elected

Canberra Times: I’ve never joined Facebook and now I’m feeling pretty good

Canberra Times: Revealed: the powerful Facebook data matching tool the Liberal Party rejected over legal fears

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Simon Warriner

    March 25, 2018 at 11:02 am

    And you think that when you buy your groceries at the supermarket and pay by card, that information is not vacuumed up and stored somewhere for later monetisation by a greedy corporate shonk? Knowledge is power and big data is simply knowledge of lots of small, seemingly insignificant details which can be strung together to get an insight into a human life. Using it well requires wisdom, which is quite a different thing.

    If you value your privacy you will pay for everything in cash. That governments, the world over, are seeking to abolish real cash money should be sounding the warning bells at intergalactic volumes.

  2. JDN

    March 24, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I am surprised by people only finding out now that Facebook is a data mining service, with the data being available for third party purchase. It has only come to negative light now because of Trump’s campaign running a very high tech online operation to target regions of potential swing voters, as stats on what % of people are engaged with certain types of online media.

    Also #2, this is not new at all. The 2012 Obama campaign worked with the exact same analytic data available to them, as does practically every ‘left’ wing party on the globe these days.

    It’s not limited to Facebook either, there are many other large corporations that track and categorize our online habits, and sell this information to advertisers.

    The ramifications of entities such as Facebook and Google having the power to subvert and sway public public opinions is very serious, and this does not touch on the issue of what these corporations know about every individual detail about your life. The fact of the matter is that if this information exists in an accessible format it WILL be abused, by either private entities, or a government wishing to abuse it’s potential.

  3. mike

    March 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    But “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” they bleated!

  4. philll Parsons

    March 23, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Wealthy right wingers are sometimes the subject of a conspiracy film, but here they are well beyond donating to buy a result in their favour to perverting process to get their result.

    The one lesson is that many voters are governed by emotion, not by the logic of policy, and that is fair game for either side provided they don’t lie.

  5. Jim Roelofs

    March 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks to all the crew @ TT for making MSM obsolete shills.

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