WhatsApp Founder Admits to Selling Users’ Privacy to Facebook
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WhatsApp Founder Admits to Selling Users’ Privacy to Facebook

When WhatsApp sold its giant messaging platform to Facebook for $22 billion, “I sold my users’ privacy,” one of the company’s co-founders said. WhatsApp founder Mike Acton has opened up about some of the moral struggles he has faced since selling the encrypted messaging app to Facebook, a company that makes money by collecting information on its users and selling that…

Israeli Cyber-Election Meddling Is Its Newest Industry
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Israeli Cyber-Election Meddling Is Its Newest Industry

Those US and British politicians who are bashing Russia for foreign “election meddling” could use a more honest set of talking points. It is Israel, not Russia, China, or North Korea, that hosts a blossoming industry of cyber-election meddlers who operate from corporate offices in Tel Aviv, Cyprus, London, Washington, and Tortola. Most, if not…

Cambridge Analytica Parent Co. Used Yemen as Test Site for Global Manipulation Tactics
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Cambridge Analytica Parent Co. Used Yemen as Test Site for Global Manipulation Tactics

Leaked documents show that Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), the parent company of the notorious Cambridge Analytica, carried out a surveillance operation embedded among local Yemeni populations in 2009. The research and psychological tactics of deception were likely later used against populations around the world including Libya, Syria, and Iran where SCL Group carried out various operations…

The Dawn of Psychographic Outcome-based Warfare
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The Dawn of Psychographic Outcome-based Warfare

Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Israeli intelligence-surveillance-military complex – perhaps, in a dozen or more highly-secured computer systems laboratories in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, and Petach Tikva – the idea was first stumbled upon. Borrowing from the psychographic tools developed by online marketing firms and coupling them with age-old propaganda methods and…

Cambridge Analytica & The Facebook-Big Data Conspiracy
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Cambridge Analytica & The Facebook-Big Data Conspiracy

The Guardian published an exposé about how Cambridge Analytica allegedly mastered the use of social media data to give the Brexit and Trump campaigns a crucial edge in 2016. The UK news outlet released an extensive story about Christopher Wylie, the Canadian genius behind the Cambridge Analytica data firm that was reportedly the secret weapon…