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  • Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

    06/19/2017 1:23:56 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/19/2017 | staff writer
    Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access the data as long as they had a link to it.
  • How the Seattle Sounders use data and analytics to create an ‘evidence-based’ soccer culture

    06/12/2017 10:08:10 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Geekwire via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:31 pm, Monday, June 12, 2017 | Taylor Soper, Geekwire
    As a former lawyer, Garth Lagerwey knows about the value of evidence-based reasoning. Now he's trying to apply that same line of thinking to the professional soccer club he helps manage. Lagerwey spoke about this philosophy at the Sounders Sports Science Weekend in Seattle, an event that focuses on the latest innovations in sports science and analytics. The Sounders have long been pioneers, at least among Major League Soccer teams, in using sports science to help make on-field improvements. The club, which won its first MLS Cup last year, utilizes a variety of gadgets like GPS trackers and heart rate...
  • Awan Brothers Scandal Creates Fears About Scope Of Data Leak

    06/10/2017 2:36:58 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 67 replies
    Disobedient Media ^ | 06/09/2017 | Kenneth Whittle
    Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police. The Awan brothers were Pakistani IT specialists, whom worked for more than 30 house and senate democrats, as well as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The substantial scandal has raised questions about who may have been passed data which the Awans had access to, given Pakistan’s history of collaborating with a number of foreign countries who have demonstrated past willingness to influence...
  • Weekly Standard Mocks Politico Gush Over the Genius Behind 'Clinton's Towering Fiasco'

    05/01/2017 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | May 1, 2017 | Tim Graham
    The May 1 issue of The Weekly Standard led its “Scrapbook” section with a nice dig at Politico for a story last September touting the strategic genius who mined data for the er, President Hillary campaign. The headline was "Clinton's Towering Fiasco." Elan Kriegel’s “erasable marker scribblings reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind that amount to some of the earliest drafts of the computer algorithms that underlie nearly all of the Clinton campaign’s most important strategic decisions.” They didn’t mock Politico’s Shane Goldmacher by name, but did enjoy the sound of his beautiful-mind gush back then: To understand Kriegel’s role is...
  • Data center project applauded (40 jobs in rural Virginia)

    04/19/2017 8:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Coalfield Progress ^ | April 19, 2017
    State and local officials gathered in Wise this afternoon to formally announce the anticipated creation of 40 jobs at DP Facilities Inc.’s Mineral Gap data center in the Lonesome Pine Business and Technology Park. A press conference beginning at 2 p.m. at The Inn at Wise highlighted details about the more than 65,000-square-foot facility, which was completed in October 2016. In a press release issued today, DP Facilities President Mark Gerard announced that Mineral Gap, a mission critical Tier III data center, represents a $65 million construction investment on 22 acres in the tech park. “Mineral Gap will provide continuous...
  • The Senate Just Voted to Allow ISPs to Sell Your Data Without Asking

    03/23/2017 7:11:34 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    Inverse ^ | 03/23/17 | Monica Hunter-Hart
    The Senate overturned late Obama-era rules Thursday meant to protect consumer privacy from internet service providers that want to sell it. The regulations were passed in October, but hadn’t yet gone into effect. They would have required ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to ask permission before using or selling personal information. ISPs collect data like your browsing history, your physical location, the apps you’re using, and your financial and health information. They can then sell that data to advertisers, who use it to tailor their marketing to your individual wants and needs. If customers don’t want their data to be...
  • House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

    03/10/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 135 replies
    StatNews ^ | 03/10/2017 | Sharon Begley
    House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/10/workplace-wellness-genetic-testing/ House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results By Sharon Begley @sxbegle March 10, 2017 A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do...
  • FLASHBACK: Anti-Trump Rep. Touts Obama ‘Database’ With ‘Information About Everything...’ [VID]

    03/09/2017 9:18:36 AM PST · by Syncro · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-8-2017 | Christian Datoc
    During a 2013 interview with Roland Martin, Congresswoman Maxine Waters propped up the Obama administration for “[putting] in place” a “database [that] will have information about everything on every individual.”*snip* “Well, I don’t know. The thing I think some people are missing here is the president has put in place an organization that contains the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Waters answered, unprompted. “That’s going to be very, very powerful.” Read more at DC
  • The MSM are Running Headlines about How Much they are Trusted: But the Data is Wrong...

    03/09/2017 1:30:33 PM PST · by davikkm · 19 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    The major poll that shows who the most trusted news networks are is a fake. The data is flawed and biased, the samples are weighted in favour of the “expected results” and the conclusions are erroneous. IN this article, we’ll show you exactly where the lies come from and look at why such a poll was first conducted. The poll was carried out by Morningconsult.com on the 1st and 2nd of December last year and their results show that ABC, CBS, WSY, NYT and CNN are among the “most credible news sources” in the US. News sources that were deemed...
  • Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

    01/24/2017 2:18:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Antidote Zine ^ | January 22, 2017 | Ed Sutton
    Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method of analyzing people’s behavior down to the minutest detail by looking at their Facebook activity—thus helping Donald Trump to victory. On November 9th, around 8:30 in the morning, Michal Kosinski awoke in his hotel room in Zurich. The 34-year-old had traveled here to give a presentation to the Risk Center at the ETH [Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich] at a conference on the dangers of Big Data and the so-called digital revolution. Kosinski gives such presentations all over the world. He is a leading expert on psychometrics, a data-driven offshoot...
  • Nate Silver: Polls showing Clinton up 5 points not backed by data

    11/06/2016 12:31:59 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/16 | Daniel Chaitin
    For supporters of Donald Trump who are discouraged by the latest slate of polls showing Hillary Clinton up 5 percent just days before Election Day, polling guru Nate Silver had some reassuring words Sunday morning. "Some people are saying Clinton's up 5-6 nationally. That's just not a good representation of what the data says," Silver tweeted. But, he admitted, Clinton does have a lead.
  • EU data protection watchdogs warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on privacy

    10/30/2016 1:33:05 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 1 replies
    news.trust.org / reuters ^ | 10/29/16 | Julia Fioretti
    European privacy watchdogs warned WhatsApp on Friday over sharing user information with parent company Facebook, and cautioned Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and scanning of customer emails for U.S. intelligence purposes. The popular messaging service's recent change in privacy policy to start sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook - the first policy change since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 - has attracted regulatory scrutiny in Europe. The Italian antitrust watchdog on Friday also announced a separate probe into whether WhatsApp obliged users to agree to sharing personal data with Facebook. (emphasis mine) The European Union's 28 data...
  • Trump’s plan for a comeback includes building a ‘psychographic’ profile of every voter (WaPo)

    10/28/2016 11:53:37 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/27/2016 | Michael Kranish
    "The key is a psychological model for identifying voters that can “determine the personality of every single adult in the United States of America,” said Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica. The little-known company, which has operated in the United States for four years, opened its office here only a month ago and is clearly at the center of Trump’s quest for a last-minute comeback against Democrat Hillary Clinton. New federal filings show the campaign’s payments to the firm ballooning from $250,000 in August to $5 million in September. The reliance on Cambridge reflects a recognition by Trump’s campaign...
  • Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

    10/25/2016 9:57:30 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10/25/16 | Rob Lever
    They know how you browse the internet, your favorite TV shows and where you shop and travel. Data collected by internet and media companies is a powerful tool, and the big mergers planned by AT&T with Time Warner and Verizon with Yahoo offer those firms more data that can be used to target consumers with content and advertising. Privacy advocates say the prospect of firms using all that online and offline data without safeguards could be alarming. (emphasis mine ) "Twenty-first century media is all about the ability to gather information on a single individual regardless of where they are—whether...
  • Gaia space telescope plots a billion stars

    09/14/2016 5:36:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/14/16 | Jonathan Amos
    The most precise map of the night sky ever assembled is taking shape. Astronomers working on the Gaia space telescope have released a first tranche of data recording the position and brightness of over a billion stars. And for some two million of these objects, their distance and sideways motion across the heavens has also been accurately plotted. Gaia's mapping effort is already unprecedented in scale, but it still has several years to run. Remarkably, scientists say the store of information even now is too big for them to sift, and they are appealing for the public's help in making...
  • Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages (privacy infosec threat)

    09/02/2016 9:26:00 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/01/2016 | Jeff John Roberts
    Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages http://fortune.com/2016/09/01/rental-cars-data-theft/ Tech Internet of Things Watch Out That Your Rental Car Doesn't Steal Your Phone Data By: Jeff John Roberts September 1, 2016, 10:51 AM  Watch out how you connect to cars. Here’s something to think about the next time you plug your phone into a rental car: The vehicle may be slurping up and recording all sorts of data, including your location, personal contacts, and even your text messages and web browsing. That warning comes via a Federal Trade Commission blog post this week, which highlights a downside...
  • Barack and Michelle's first date, coming to a theater near you (WaPo puff piece megabarf alert)

    08/24/2016 12:46:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2016 | Monica Hesse
    <p>The new movie "Southside With You," which opens Friday, is a feature film about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. It's perhaps best described as a "Before Sunrise" for political wonks: The story spans a single day as the future first couple catch a movie, visit an art museum, and talk about their hopes and dreams while meandering through Chicago. On a more meta level, the movie is about the creation of the Obamas' private-life narrative - a shaping of how the public will understand them in the future and an acknowledgment of how it sees them now.</p>
  • Need help in controlling internet bill--

    08/12/2016 9:59:37 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 58 replies
    Vanity tech chat | Mamzelle
    No youtubes, no streaming, yet every month I use more Data. I don't have many apps. I use my phone almost exclusively.
  • Announcing the Net Data Directory (Internet Monitor data resource)

    06/10/2016 10:12:01 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 3 replies
    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society ^ | 06/02/2016 | Rebekah Heacock Jones
    Announcing the Net Data Directory Posted on June 02, 2016 by Rebekah Heacock Jones Filed under: Internet Monitor The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce the launch of the Net Data Directory, a free, publicly available, searchable database of different sources of data about the Internet. The directory is intended to make finding useful quantitative data about a broad range of Internet-related topics—broadband, cybersecurity, freedom of expression, and more—easier for researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the public. "A large number of organizations are producing data about all different facets of the Internet," said Fernando Bermejo, Berkman Center...
  • Trump or not, ‘big data’ could be huge in 2016 vote

    05/28/2016 9:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2016 | AFP
    “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so. Trump, who sailed through the Republican primaries using unconventional campaign rallies and Twitter messages, has indicated that he sees little use for popular data analytics tools to help target specific voters. But analysts say he may be at a disadvantage in the general election if he stays on that course. “In the primaries, he was only looking for Republican voters, and in the general he needs all voters,” said Alan Rosenblatt, a digital political strategist...