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Next Talk: Weaponising Data For Politics by @ShivamShankarS #FifthEl
Political Parties have invested al-teast $0.5 billion on data campaigns in India #FifthEl
First time Indian heard about data being manipulated for elections was from CambridgeAnalytica #FifthEl
The tech stack for political campaigns is basic python for crawling and d3.js for vis and android apps #FifthEl
There is lot of public data available on government websites which can be used to target voters #FifthEl
There are algorithms to co-relate surname of a person to the caste of the person #FifthEl
Relationships and details of family are mapped by political volunteers #FifthEl
Political Parties have so much free labour. People liked being involved in strategising for elections #FifthEl
Election Commission data and details of caste one can find what community is voting for whom #FifthEl
Intuition of political volunteers on voting patterns based on caste always true #FifthEl
Data brokers sell all kind of information for very affordable prices #FifthEl
Political parties have used electrical bills to identify socio economic patterns #FifthEl
WhatsApp is major tool for political campaigns. 2014 elections had 9k-18k whatsapp groups and Karnataka 2018 elections alone had 20k whatsapp groups. #FifthEl
Caste groups and surveys for specific groups to identify election promises to do political propaganda is how fake news starts. #FifthEl
Political parties are now collecting data on beneficiaries to do targeted campaigns. They are even considering to acquire call data records to identify network patterns #FifthEl
There is not enough provisions to safeguard data. No action was taken against any of the #Aadhaar leaks. #FifthEl
Need self regulation by @TwitterIndia @Facebook @WhatsApp to counter fake news, protect personal data of citizens. #FifthEl
WhatsApp research on Fake News may not be enough #FifthEl
We need to do more to protect citizen's data. India needs a data protection law yesterday, Not tomorrow. #FifthEl

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A thread on all the #Aadhaar data leaks from Andhra Pradesh. The first leak I reported about AP was part of my report on why leaks are happening. The AP government published details of 2 crore residents Aadhaar, bank account numbers, phone numbers as MS Access databases online
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