Cambridge Analytica

in anarchy •  2 years ago 

Cambridge Analytica has employed data from facebook (that was acquired illegally?), not to make the usual targeted commercials, but trying to influence elections. It is not known how effective this approach was, but there seems to be a huge public concern for this practice.

People are calling for new regulations and more state control. But the problem is not Cambridge Analytica, it is centralised power and facebook.


It is not really surprising that many interest groups use all tools available trying to influence elections. For these groups democracy is perfect as they get a change to install their puppet on the throne and get influence on the monopoly of force and violence. Does it really make a difference if their propaganda is targeted or not? I dont think so. The real problem is that we give some people special titles, that somehow legitimise them to commit violence. Of course this invites corruption and Cambridge Analytica is only the latest tool in their box.

Then lets have a look at facebook. A company that acts as a central intermediary in a peer-to-peer network and gets paid in exclusive rights to your data. This business model is in fact already outdated. We have the technology for flat unowned networks that allow for the same functionality. Steem is one example, but taking a different focus than facebook.
While in steem there is no private data and everyone has access to everything, there is no technical problem to create a network more similar to facebook, where only the user has rights to their data and decides with whom they are willing to share it. All of this without the need for a central party in control.


What will happen to facebook is called disintermediation. The users will realise that they do not need someone in the middle and secure networks can be realised peer-to-peer. No central party means no point of attack for corruption. If your data is used by a third party then only because you gave access to that data. We will be able to sell our data if we want, or just keep it. We will also be able to be paid to watch ads, or just not get ads.

So instead of bitching (on facebook ?!!) about some people doing stuff you dont like with your data and electing a maniac that now has control over your life, why not get rid of these maniacs and get control back over your data? The first step is saying goodbye to facebook...

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Cambridge Analytica has employed data from facebook (that was acquired illegally?), not to make the usual targeted commercials, but trying to influence elections.

To provide a little more info, it was due to a viral Facebook app called 'thisismydigitallife,' which was built by Aleksandr Kogan (Cambridge academic) that gave him permission to access not only the user's information but also valuable information on all of their friends.

Cambridge Analytica paid Kogan for the data and was able to get their hands on personal information that they morphed into data-backed psychological profiles of potential voters.

But, yeah I agree that the main issue is Facebook. Excited to see Blockchain technology continue to challenge them.

Also, this is Kogan interviewing with Anderson Cooper 😂

Cambridge Analytica is the company behind recent Facebook’s massive data leak scandal. It is now planning to issues its own cryptocurrency and aiming to raise funds through ICOs. It is also tried to promote Dragon Coin associated with a Macau gangster. The company tried a variety of technologies including blockchain.

Read detail info here: Cambridge Analytica Planning to Raise Money Through Own Cryptocurrency