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Saving the First Amendment from Bi-partisan Attack

Julian Assange’s pending charge, the one that was accidentally revealed but as yet remains sealed, relates to the Chelsea Manning leaks. That’s the Cables, Iraq War Logs & Guantanamo publications, back in 2010, around which most of the left side … Continue reading

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Ellsberg, Berners Lee and Assange – Friends of Democracy

The problem with Wikileaks was that it was not just a small organisation; its life’s blood was the long chains of citizens, “passing along buckets to put out the fire”, as Assange once put it. That couldn’t be stopped, but it could be perverted. The model could be used even more effectively to spread lies, with the right team of data scientists, spooks, marketing experts, creatives and ‘recruits’. Add to that a comparatively massive budget of a political party, to offer the gate-keepers of social media, and it was only too easy to poison the grass roots. Continue reading

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Cambridge Analytica: Joining the Dots with Anonymous & Žižek

No surprise when we learn of Palantir Technologies’ involvement in the Trump campaign, alongside Cambridge Analytica. There’s even a third intelligence agency called Quid, but what of Wikileaks? Is it even likely they would be playing ball with Palantir, and its co-founder Peter Thiel? He is also the founder of Paypal, who staged the world-wide blockade of Wikileaks funding. It’s hard to imagine, and Slavoj Žižek has aptly signalled how at odds their agendas are: “Assange characterized himself as the spy of and for the people: he is not spying on the people for those in power, he is spying on those in power for the people”. Peter Thiel also sits on the board of Facebook, and was the site’s first major investor.
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Cambridge Analytica News – Cathy Vogan on RTR FM 92.1

“What we have now is scary cross-talk between the tech companies that store our personal information, intelligence agencies, election campaign service providers such as Cambridge Analytica, and the politicians themselves.” Cathy Vogan Continue reading

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CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, TRUMP & BREXIT – can we just talk about the real problem?

Speaking at a Sydney ‘Politics in the Pub’ event last month, Cathy Vogan, founder of THING2THING.COM and author of ‘The Wikileaks Tapes’, offered a comprehensive view of how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit. This is an update of that talk. Continue reading

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