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1/ Here's a roundup thread of today's coverage on the #CambridgeAnalytica closure announcement
2/ WSJ: Cambridge Analytica Closing Operations Following Facebook Data Controversy: The data company had lost clients in recent months wsj.com/articles/cambr…
3/ Gizmodo: Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down [Updated] gizmodo.com/cambridge-anal…
4/ BuzzFeed: Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down After A Very Bad Month: In March, the consulting firm was engulfed in controversy about how it obtained and used data on millions of Facebook users in American elections. buzzfeed.com/ryanmac/cambri…
5/ Wired: Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down All Offices Amid Ongoing Facebook Crisis wired.com/story/cambridg…
6/ The data analytics firm engulfed in Facebook's user privacy scandal has suddenly filed for insolvency. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news…
7/ CNN: Cambridge Analytica announces closure cnn.com/2018/05/02/pol…
8/ Bloomberg: Cambridge Analytica Shuts Operations After Facebook Scandal bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
9/ AP via Washington Post: Cambridge Analytica, firm at the center of Facebook’s privacy debacle, says it’s declaring bankruptcy and shutting down washingtonpost.com/national/cambr…
10/ Recode: Cambridge Analytica is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy: And, of course, they’re blaming the media. recode.net/2018/5/2/17312…
11/ TechCrunch: Cambridge Analytica shuts down in light of ‘unfairly negative’ press coverage techcrunch.com/2018/05/02/cam…
12/ DailyBeast: Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down Amid Facebook Scandal thedailybeast.com/cambridge-anal…
13/ SkyNews: Facebook data breach firm Cambridge Analytica shutting down: The firm, which harvested information from 50m Facebook users, claims it has been "the subject of numerous unfounded accusations" news.sky.com/story/cambridg…
14/ Reuters: BRIEF-Cambridge Analytica Closing Operations Following Facebook Data Controversy - WSJ reuters.com/article/brief-…
15/ NYT: Cambridge Analytica Files for Bankruptcy After Misuse of Facebook Data nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/…
16/ Guardian: Cambridge Analytica closing after Facebook data harvesting scandal: Political consultancy, under fire over use of millions of Facebook users’ data, has begun insolvency proceedings theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/m…
17/ Vox: Cambridge Analytica is shutting down: The Trump-linked data firm that kicked off the Facebook data privacy scandal is closing its doors. #CambridgeAnalytica #Emerdata vox.com/policy-and-pol…

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Oct 8, 2018
The election of 2016 was a PSYOP. No, really. nyti.ms/2E6xgmD
Cambridge Analytica and Psy Group had a memorandum of understanding, reported in May. wsj.com/articles/israe…
Fact that Cruz’s Cambridge Analytica appears to have sought to team up with Psy Group, which sought to run a social media PSYOP against Cruz is…awkward.
Read 8 tweets
Oct 6, 2018
So many simultaneous Kavanaugh scandals, overloaded the system.
- sexual (how can he deny blackouts?)
- financial (how did he pay off debt?)
- hacking (how can he deny knowing about pilfered docs)
- surveillance (how can he deny his role?)
- perjury (how can he lie about it all?)
- financial scandal: the unexplained mystery of the impossible Kavanaugh family finances is nicely documented and explained here (although I do bristle at how it downplays the sexual scandal; again see above on scandal overload) medium.com/@gregolear/sup…
- hacking and surveillance scandal: this piece by @nycsouthpaw is a twofor in that you get deep coverage on both the surveillance FOIA revelation and the senate hacking scandal context yahoo.com/news/lawsuits-…
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Oct 4, 2018
Kavanaugh’s toxicity poisons an already reeling Facebook, enraging employees and flummoxing executives. nyti.ms/2CpoSwI
Facebook’s behavioral microtargeting political ad business unit is a moneymaker. They all shouldn’t be surprised when the chickens they hatched come home to roost.
Joel Kaplan was sitting behind Zuckerberg for his Congressional hearings. That too was a rather perjurious affair. (Zuck remains in contempt of UK parliament committee for failing to appear.)
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Oct 3, 2018
Defence entered a Not Guilty plea this morning in Westminster Magistrate Court. Trial is set for January 2019. #CambridgeAnalytica
It’s a criminal act in the UK to defy the Information Commissioner’s specific order to comply with data protection law. This order is from May 2018 and now we can confirm it will go to trial in the UK next year. wired.com/story/uk-regul…
A “defunct” company sure seems willing to spend its allegedly sparse resources going to trial against the data cops for refusing to hand over all the personal data it collected about me. What are they hiding? Will their creditors tolerate this?
Read 5 tweets
Oct 2, 2018
If you’re up for SCOTUS then yeah all your shit is gonna get dredged up. Welcome to the future.
Kavanaugh stands to be the most anti-privacy justice on the bench. His view of the 4th is as warped as his view of the 1st. He’s most likely to rule in favor of a Citizens United-type decision for Silicon Valley, ruling that business surveillance is protected commercial speech.
It’s hard to imagine a future where Kavanaugh is confirmed and we don’t find ourselves, a decade later, in some fucked up dystopia.
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Oct 1, 2018
I suspect one reason this mega-breach isn’t causing a bigger reaction is that it has no name. Usually hacks and breaches are quickly dubbed something catchy which catapults them thru the coverage and watercooler debates.
Cleverest I can come up is #ChuckE in reference to Chuck E Cheese’s where you get tokens for your birthday parties, in reference to how access tokens were hacked thru exploits in birthday video upload tool. But that’s quite a US-centric reference.
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