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«Intensive survey research, data modelling and performance-optimising algorithms were used to target 10,000 different ads to different audiences in the months leading up to the election. The ads were viewed billions of times, according to the presentation».

Source : Leaked: Cambridge Analytica’s blueprint for Trump victory | UK news | The Guardian

«Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic who orchestrated the harvesting of Facebook data, had previously unreported ties to a Russian university, including a teaching position and grants for research into the social media network, the Observer has discovered. Cambridge Analytica, the data firm he worked with – which funded the project to turn tens of millions of Facebook profiles into a unique political weapon – also attracted interest from a key Russian firm with links to the Kremlin».

Source : Cambridge Analytica: links to Moscow oil firm and St Petersburg university | News | The Guardian

Google, Apple face EU law on business practices

«The European Commission is drafting a new regulation specifically targeting online platforms such as e-commerce sites, app stores and search engines that will require the companies to be more transparent about how they rank search results and why they delist some services. The proposal seeks to address potentially harmful trading practices by online platforms and a lack of effective redress mechanisms for smaller businesses that use them to reach consumers».

Source : Google, Apple face EU law on business practices

#GAMEON After seeing that the White House produced a video depicting video games as ultra-violent, we felt compelled to share a different view of games. Video games, their innovative creators and the vast community of players are so much more than what is depicted in the White House’s video. We wanted to create our own version, at the same length, to challenge the White House’s misdirected blame being placed upon video games. To all you game developers and players who create and enjoy games – this is for you!

How to fix the Future

«One of Andrew Keen most intriguing arguments compares the power of the US tech giants today and the motor industry in the 1950s. At that time, the big three US manufacturers, Ford, GM and Chrysler, were busily churning out flashy and popular cars and controlled 96 per cent of the US market between them. Then in 1965 a young lawyer named Ralph Nader wrote Unsafe at Any Speed, assailing the car manufacturers for turning out lethal products that prioritised style over safety and created carnage on the country’s roads».

Source : The utopia project: can Silicon Valley fix the future?

How Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy

«The Russian meddling machine has been focusing on Italy in recent months, conducting a disinformation campaign on the migration situation in order to drum up support for radical parties ahead of the general elections scheduled for Sunday».

Source : Russian interference: How Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy | In English | EL PAÍS

«Ce pourrait être la cyberattaque la plus importante ayant visé l’Allemagne. Selon des sources proches des services allemands de renseignement, citées par l’agence de presse DPA, mercredi 28 février, des hackeurs russes se seraient infiltrés dans le réseau informatique de l’administration fédérale, et ce pendant au moins un an».

Source : L’Allemagne attaquée par des hackeurs russes

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«Most Americans are understandably shocked by what they view as an unprecedented attack on our political system. But intelligence veterans, and scholars who have studied covert operations, have a different, and quite revealing, view. ‘If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States “absolutely” has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, “and I hope we keep doing it.’»

Source : Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. – The New York Times

«In this case, Schafer suspects the use of pro-gun control hashtags like #guncontrolnow are being used sarcastically, particularly since they’re often paired with the anti-gun control links. Since the Twitter accounts Hamilton 68 tracks often target right-wing audiences, Schafer believes the trolls are using the message to attract more eyeballs. ‘That allows them to then push content that is more directly related to the Kremlin’s geopolitical agenda’»

Source : Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting | WIRED

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