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‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
Bannon] got it immediately. He believes in the whole Andrew Breitbart doctrine that politics is downstream from culture, so to change politics you need to change culture. And fashion trends are a useful proxy for that. Trump is like a pair of Uggs, or Crocs, basically. So how do you get from people thinking ‘Ugh. Totally ugly’ to the moment when everyone is wearing them? That was the inflection point he was looking for.”


nd then I came across a paper about how personality traits could be a precursor to political behaviour, and it suddenly made sense. Liberalism is correlated with high openness and low conscientiousness, and when you think of Lib Dems they’re absent-minded professors and hippies. They’re the early adopters… they’re highly open to new ideas. And it just clicked all of a sudden.”
data  elections  bigdata  psychology  election_2016  election  trump  insights_analytics 
50 minutes ago by JohnDrake
University of Arizona tracks student ID cards to detect who might drop out • The Verge
Shannon Liao:
<p>The University of Arizona is tracking freshman students’ ID card swipes to anticipate which students are more likely to drop out. University researchers hope to use the data to lower dropout rates. (Dropping out refers to those who have left higher-education entirely and those who transfer to other colleges.)

The card data tells researchers how frequently a student has entered a residence hall, library, and the student recreation center, which includes a salon, convenience store, mail room, and movie theater. The cards are also used for buying vending machine snacks and more, putting the total number of locations near 700. There’s a sensor embedded in the CatCard student IDs, which are given to every student attending the university.

“By getting their digital traces, you can explore their patterns of movement, behavior and interactions, and that tells you a great deal about them,” Sudha Ram, a professor of management information systems who directs the initiative, <a href="">said in a press release</a>.

Researchers have gathered freshman data over a three-year time frame so far, and they found that their predictions for who is more likely to drop out are 73% accurate.</p>

Big data brother is everywhere.
university  dropout  bigdata 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Follow-Up Questions For Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump Campaign on massive breach • Just Security
Justin Hendrix:
<p>Journalists, regulatory bodies and Congress should be ready to ask a number of pressing questions to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. The answers are important- governments around the world are considering how best to regulate technology companies, and this extraordinary incident gets to the heart of the relationship between personal data, microtargeting, dark money and the impact of their combination with unaccountable platforms on the health of democracies.

Here are seven key questions:
[with the explanation removed, here are the questions:]<br />1. Why did Facebook take more than two years to inform the public of this massive breach?<br />2. Did the Trump campaign or Cambridge Analytica violate campaign finance laws?<br />3. Did Trump campaign or Cambridge Analytica employees lie to Congress, or to the British Parliament?<br />4. Did Facebook’s failure to disclose this breach to the public and notify its directly affected consumers break any laws?<br />5. Did any of the Facebook embeds in the Trump campaign know that stolen data was being used for targeting?<br />6. Did Facebook have evidence its own employees mishandled this situation? Was any disciplinary action taken?<br />7. Did other organizations or individuals exploit these apparent weaknesses, and are there other breaches we do not know about?</p>

Question 3 is <a href="">already being followed up</a>.
facebook  cambridgeanalytica  bigdata 
yesterday by charlesarthur
RT : Very helpful paper outlining practical approaches to over time. Authored by the fantastic team:…
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yesterday by Surliminal
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