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…
Oct 4, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
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.
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…
Oct 2, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
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.
Oct 1, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
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.
Sep 29, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
To clarify this twete, the general story, not necessarily Guardian or Motherboard coverage, went viral, which triggered the Guardian and AP spam/hoax(?) detection snafu which got us off topic from the hacking story. This headline accurately refers to it as hacking not a breach.
Remember that time when facebook threatened @guardian with lawsuits over @carolecadwalla’s Cambridge Analytica reporting as a breach. Now there’s an incontrovertible breach and The Guardian is marked as spam.
Now that’s a true breach! What a catastrophe. That’s what happens when you can’t retain the best CSO in the business. @MikeIsaac @sheeraf nyti.ms/2OmvHom?smid=n…
Did they announce within the 72hr requirement mandated by GDPR?
Sep 28, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
I think @JeffFlake could save the Republican party from itself tomorrow. All it takes is one man to break rank, leading a new moderate faction, willing stand up to trumpism, draw red lines on the right. I hope he was inspired by Dr Blasey Ford’s courage and patriotism today.
POLL: @JeffFlake on #Kavanagh?
Sep 28, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Masculinity so toxic you can smell it. Incredible, indelible image.
A familiar face from facebook fiasco hearings. A foul stench of perjurious assertions and evasions at that hearing also, as I recall.
Just jumping into this stream as @SenBlumenthal calls for a follow-up round of #TechHearings with non-industry voices. Confirms industry must forgo self-regulation and that Europeans and Californians don't deserve "better" privacy than all Americans, nor an "undue hardship"
"We don't sell data…but we reserve the right to share it…with consent…(buried in legalese)" — the "we don't sell data" line is insulting to all of our intelligence, all those who know what the term "monetize" means.
Sep 25, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Kavanaugh will vote to overturn any new data protection/privacy regulation when it’s inevitably challenged by industry lobbyists. He’ll argue/agree that commercial surveillance is protected “speech”, essentially a Citizens United for the tech giants.
Tech companies can say whatever they want on Thursday to Congress. But if Kavanaugh is confirmed on Friday then they‘ll know their lobby can get just about any enacted privacy regulation overturned eventually.
@noUpside Nix was running SCL Elections Ltd in 2013 and engaging with Bannon and Bekah Mercer to form Cambridge Analytica so that’s why I see the parallel. SCL Elections Ltd remained the registered data controller for CA in the UK till the end.
@noUpside Cambridge Analytica is a shell for SCL Elections Ltd especially in terms of data. The timeline for CA will throw you off, but it’s not the actual entity that was processing US voter data in the UK. CA LLC is the Delaware corp to hide the Mercer money.
Sep 20, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
You see the thing is, the USA doesn’t really have any laws, let alone a regulator, that could throw the book at @Equifax for its colossal failure to protect our data. Makes you wish we had data protection laws and cops in America, doesn’t it?
Facebook and Equifax will probably be the last two big companies to be maximally fined for epic fails on the old regime before GDPR kicked in. Moving forward we’re looking at crushing penalties for Facebook-Equifax level negligence.
Sep 15, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
As @TheEconomist gives Bannon a platform this morning at #OpenFuture for fascist thought, it’s important to have listened to @chrisinsilico tell them why he left Cambridge Analytica. And yes, it has something to do with “race realism.”
🗳Just voted in the NY Primary and then read this important piece. It resonates. As a university faculty member, I experience democratic shared governance in my job. But schools are the last bastion of the democratic habit in daily life.
There’s a lot to think about how Facebook has subverted the democratic habit. Roberts Rules of Order supplanted by Group Administrators and emoji buttons. Stroking glass, scrolling miles of attention merchandising instead of the grueling work of resolving disputes.
Sep 12, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Hyper-fragmented hyper-connectedness demands new hyper-transparency in government. Take it from the reporter who first cracked open the illicit Cambridge Analytica Facebook data harvesting scheme. His latest on QAnons reveals needs counter-narratives feed. nyti.ms/2MpEVvi
We owe a debt of gratitude to @DamianCollins whose inquiry fighting misinformation has wielded fire extinguishers of transparency and released hard evidence [REAL RECEIPTS] to the public.
Sep 11, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Bagelgate meets Bridgegate. New York City style. This Thursday. Vote. Then pray your subway isn't delayed by signal failures.
Gov Cuomo took a big gamble. He figured that EZPass voters were more important than MetroCard voters. This Thursday's primary is when the dice rolls on that bet. nyti.ms/2N7Y4ak
Sep 6, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
What could possibly be worse than State Dept GEC hiring Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group to counter violent extremism (CVE)? What if I told you they were seriously considering hiring someone from Fox News to fight Russian active measures? cnn.com/2018/09/05/pol…
At least Mike Flynn isn’t brokering the deal. I guess. Sheesh.