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Airbus, Palantir unveil Skywise IoT data platform for aviation - Runway GirlRunway Girl
Palantir CEO Alex Karp highlighted to RGN that the partnership hopes to make Airbus’ engineers and their expertise more vital to the company rather than less, noting that the question he was asking is “how do you augment the value of an engineer, rather than replacing the engineer…making every employee at Airbus more valuable, not replaced by some algorithm. This is a really important part of why an initiative like this is valuable: because you want to create innovation and make the workers more important, as opposed to having innovation and unemployed people.”
3 days ago by celine
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Guardian
"SCL/Cambridge Analytica was not some startup created by a couple of guys with a Mac PowerBook. It’s effectively part of the British defence establishment. And, now, too, the American defence establishment. (..) This is not just a story about social psychology and data analytics. It has to be understood in terms of a military contractor using military strategies on a civilian population. (..)
And it was Facebook that made it possible. It was from Facebook that Cambridge Analytica obtained its vast dataset in the first place. Earlier, psychologists at Cambridge University harvested Facebook data (legally) for research purposes and published pioneering peer-reviewed work about determining personality traits, political partisanship, sexuality and much more from people’s Facebook “likes”. And SCL/Cambridge Analytica contracted a scientist at the university, Dr Aleksandr Kogan, to harvest new Facebook data. And he did so by paying people to take a personality quiz which also allowed not just their own Facebook profiles to be harvested, but also those of their friends – a process then allowed by the social network."
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4 weeks ago by gohai
Forget the NSA, the LAPD Spies on Millions of Innocent Folks | L.A. Weekly
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California are suing LAPD and the Sheriff's Department, demanding to see a sample week's worth of that data in order to get some idea of what cops are storing in a vast and growing, regionally shared database. (See our story "License Plate Recognition Logs Our Lives Long Before We Sin," June 21, 2012.)
5 weeks ago by judytuna
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Guardian
Was that really what you called it, I ask him. Psychological warfare? “Totally. That’s what it is. Psyops. Psychological operations – the same methods the military use to effect mass sentiment change. It’s what they mean by winning ‘hearts and minds’. We were just doing it to win elections in the kind of developing countries that don’t have many rules.”

To anyone concerned about surveillance, Palantir is practically now a trigger word. The data-mining firm has contracts with governments all over the world – including GCHQ and the NSA. It’s owned by Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of eBay and PayPal, who became Silicon Valley’s first vocal supporter of Trump.

I discovered, good friends with Nigel Farage. Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s communications director, told me that it was Mercer who had directed his company, Cambridge Analytica, to “help” the Leave campaign.

AggregateIQ holds the key to unravelling another complicated network of influence that Mercer has created. A source emailed me to say he had found that AggregateIQ’s address and telephone number corresponded to a company listed on Cambridge Analytica’s website as its overseas office: “SCL Canada”. A day later, that online reference vanished.

Finding “persuadable” voters is key for any campaign and with its treasure trove of data, Cambridge Analytica could target people high in neuroticism, for example, with images of immigrants “swamping” the country. The key is finding emotional triggers for each individual voter.

“It’s not a political consultancy,” says David. “You have to understand this is not a normal company in any way. I don’t think Mercer even cares if it ever makes any money. It’s the product of a billionaire spending huge amounts of money to build his own experimental science lab, to test what works, to find tiny slivers of influence that can tip an election.

Now though, they are both owned by ideologically aligned billionaires: Robert Mercer and Peter Thiel. The Trump campaign has said that Thiel helped it with data. A campaign that was led by Steve Bannon, who was then at Cambridge Analytica.

It’s about how a motivated US billionaire – Mercer and his chief ideologue, Bannon – helped to bring about the biggest constitutional change to Britain in a century
palantir  brexit  trump  democracy 
6 weeks ago by asilvao
Trump, Palantir, and the Battle to Clean Up an Army Procurement Swamp
A favorite term to describe the problem is the “Iron Triangle,” the three corners of which are acquisition bureaucrats at the Pentagon, the Beltway contractors and their lobbyists, and members of Congress and their staffs who listen to the lobbyists when funding has to be authorized (or increased when costs exceed the budget). “The reason the Iron Triangle always seems to win,” says a veteran GAO auditor, “is that these people depend on each other and even may rotate from one place to another.” As the auditor explains it, “It’s not really a matter of personal corruption; it’s just an insidious culture that is corrupting.”
march 2017 by celine
Palantir Enables Immigration Agents to Access Information From the CIA
Much of the document is devoted to justifying FALCON’s heavy reliance on Thiel’s firm. “Palantir has stated that only Palantir is the authorized seller and distributor of its software products and provider of any required maintenance services for its software,” the document states. “Palantir has also not authorized any other vendor to provide training services on Palantir or FALCON.”
palantir  libertarian  trumpadministration 
march 2017 by sampenrose

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