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Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare

first_imgElizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Twitter Facebook ReddIt Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin printIf you follow political news regularly you’ve likely heard of a company called Cambridge Analytica- and if you haven’t, well you’re in the right place because you’re about to get the breakdown.Cambridge Analytica is a voter-profiling company that recently made headlines due to its work for the Donald Trump campaign back in 2016. According to reports, Cambridge Analytica took information from more than 50 million Facebook users’ profiles, without their consent, and used the personal data to develop strategies and techniques of how to best target potential voters.While voter targeting is a common practice in political campaigns, the issue of moral debate here is the firm’s harvesting of the Facebook profiles without the user’s knowledge or consent.According to Facebook, “In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe. He also passed that data to Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, Inc.”According to the Cambridge Analytica employees’ statements to the New York Times, the information from the profiles was collected without their permission.Facebook, however, pushed back against the idea that this was a data breach and said in a statement, “the claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked.”However, Kogan only said he was using the information for academic purposes within his permission request.We have suspended Cambridge Analytica from our platform for a clear violation our policies. They cannot buy ads or administer its clients’ pages. https://t.co/YIJ8MF4XI6— Boz (@boztank) March 17, 2018The fallout of this latest development in the 2016 election, because yes somehow that’s still happening, has already spread to congressional calls for hearings by Cambridge Analytica employees and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg. Facebook also took matters into its own hands by suspending not only Cambridge Analytica from Facebook but its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), too “pending further information.”“We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information,” Facebook’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal said. “We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens. We will take legal action if necessary to hold them responsible and accountable for any unlawful behavior.”For its part, Cambridge Analytica announced Tuesday that it was suspending CEO Alexander Nix because he does “not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.” The company also took to Twitter to clear up what it calls “myths” about its use of Facebook information. According to its Twitter, Cambridge Analytica deleted the Facebook data it received once it learned it violated terms of service and that none of the data used from Facebook was used on the Trump campaign. + posts Elizabeth Campbell Linkedin Previous articleLive coverage: SGA weekly meetingNext articleOpinion: Beto won’t beat Ted in senate race Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As more information about Cambridge Analytica’s techniques and Facebook’s, along with other social media sites’ role in keeping users information private becomes available a larger conversation about data mining and digital privacy is likely to unfold. Hopefully, this brief breakdown of this event will help you on those future conversations. Twittercenter_img ReddIt Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ WATCH: Democratic candidate for state senate talks gun control, immigration Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ The Lady Frogs are building another conference winning streak after pulling away with a win against Colorado State on Wednesday.Despite a losing road record this season, the win in Fort Collins, Colo., increased the team’s Mountain West Conference record to 7-3 as the Frogs start looking toward the conference tournament in March.”We had another roll game, which is big for us,” said senior forward Hanna Biernacka. 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Newspaper editor arrested after President Gloria Arroyo’s lawyer accuses her of libel

first_imgNews News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific August 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor arrested after President Gloria Arroyo’s lawyer accuses her of libel Follow the news on Philippines to go further RSF_en Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today wrote to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo condemning the arrest of Daily Tribune editor Ninez Cacho-Olivares on 4 August after her opposition newspaper reported corruption allegations implicating the president’s personal lawyer and other associates of the president.”Your lawyer has every right to file suit against a newspaper if he considers he has been libelled, but it is quite improper to arrest a journalist or editor for reporting corruption allegations,” Reporters Without Borders wrote, urging the president to intervene personally to ensure that Cacho-Olivares is released as soon as possible. Cacho-Olivares was arrested at her home in Parañaque City following the issue of 19 arrest warrants in response to complaints accusing her of criminal defamation filed by President Arroyo’s personal lawyer, Arthur “Pancho” Villaraza. Her lawyers obtained an order for her release on bail on two of the complaints, but the police still had 17 other arrest orders.After being detained, Cacho-Olivares said she was the victim of “political persecution.” Her lawyer said she had been arrested “to prevent her continuing to criticise the Arroyo government.”President Arroyo’s husband Jose Miguel was not named, but several allusions suggested that he was also implicated in the scandal. The newspaper based its allegations on recordings of conversations between Villaraza and executives with a German company involved in the construction of a new terminal of the Manila international airport. Villaraza was reported to have demanded 20 million US dollars for “background services”.The is the first time a newspaper editor has been arrested since democracy was restored in 1986. The Daily Tribune is a national daily launched in 1999. The editor and her newspaper support former President Joseph Estrada, who is currently in prison. Organisation Newscenter_img May 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Receive email alerts News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Inequality runs deeper than health law

first_imgSommers’ co-panelists were Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis; Katherine Hempstead, senior adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College and former president and CEO of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury. Joe Neel of NPR moderated the discussion.Blendon, presenting the results of a recent survey examining the ACA’s implementation, said that the years since the law was adopted have seen the largest changes in the nation’s health care landscape since the enactment of Medicaid in 1965. Millions have received insurance coverage — either through the expansion of Medicaid to the working poor or because of the new mandate to buy private insurance — but insurance alone has closed health disparity by just 30 percent, Blendon said.“Yes, things got better, but the gap is still quite striking,” Blendon said. “Insurance alone does not improve the lives of those in the low-income community.”One unexpected impact has been an increase in emergency room care by the newly insured, defying predictions that routine physician and health center visits would supplant last-minute (and expensive) ER visits. Part of the problem, Blendon said, is that clinics and doctors’ offices remain geographically distant for many, and generally keep daytime hours, when it’s difficult for working parents to take time off to visit.Low-income patients rank the quality of health care they get through the ER lower than that obtained from other sources, Blendon said. But 48 percent of respondents to the poll said that they use the ER because it’s the only option.“They really are trapped into using a set of services,” Blendon said.Acknowledging that access and inequality are major concerns, Sommers and Hempstead pointed to the brighter side of the ACA, including insurance for some 20 million Americans and a reduction in medical debt in states that have taken advantage of the law’s voluntary expansion of Medicaid. A remaining priority, Sommers said, is reaching the 3 to 4 million low-income uninsured in the states that refused to expand Medicaid.Another priority, Hempstead said, is connecting with people who haven’t signed up for insurance even though they may qualify for government subsidies to defray the cost. These people are often financially strapped, and willing to gamble that they’ll stay healthy, she said. Bringing more of them into the system would improve the insurance risk pool and help keep rates down.Cost remains an issue even for many of the insured, Jenkins-Scott pointed out. Low-income patients are often on budgets so tight that the copayments and coinsurance that are features of many plans discourage them from getting care.“For low-income folks working two jobs, even $15 to $20 for their copayment can present a huge barrier to getting care,???? Jenkins-Scott said.Panelists discussed the rise of “urgent care” and “convenient care” clinics that can handle minor injuries and illnesses that aren’t serious enough for the emergency room. These clinics, often located in pharmacies, are also meeting the need for appointments outside traditional doctor’s office hours, they said.“There are these huge revolutions going on now in how people are accessing health care,” Hempstead said. She added: “The market needs time, and policy interventions, to thrive and grow.” Related Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life The implementation of the Affordable Care Act was the easy part, an important but nonetheless insufficient step in closing health gaps along class and race lines, said panelists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Wednesday.The 2010 law has been subject of political battles, court struggles, and implementation glitches, and remains deeply unpopular with GOP leaders. Still, from the standpoint of reducing gaps defined by large differences in the quality and availability of health care in America, figuring out how to insure millions was relatively easy.That’s because the remaining problems have deep and diffuse roots — in income inequality, in the geographic distribution of health care facilities, in institutional racism, and in the education and criminal justice systems.“As difficult as the Affordable Care Act has been, it’s been relatively straightforward to do,” said Benjamin Sommers, an assistant professor of health policy and economics. “Insurance does matter, but it doesn’t fix the majority of the gap. … It’s quite daunting.”Sommers was one of four experts who gathered at HSPH for a webcast discussion titled “Health Care Inequalities in America: The Need for Continuing Reform.” The event was co-sponsored by National Public Radio (NPR) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.last_img read more

Pets of the week April 21

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich. – On today’s Pets of the Week we bring you Donatello, Andy Warhol, Gustav, and Francesca.This is Donatello, a friendly little independent fella who likes to investigate and is not easily impressed. He does love to cuddle and will stick right by your side.   Donatello is 4-months old.Next, meet Andy Warhol.   Like his namesake, he has lived.   This nine-year old black and brown beauty still has things to do and looking for the perfect family to do them with.What about this sweet little face?  This Francesca who is a little shy but once she gets to know you she will warm up a bit.  Francesca is one-month old.Lastly, meet Gustav.   Playful, fun, cute, cuddly and will keep you on your toes.  Gustav is looking for that perfect home to match his energetic spirit.Well that will do it for today’s Pets of the Week.  For more information on adopting, you can visit  https://www.huronhumanesocietyinc.org/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan EGLE celebrates Earth Day with a livestream for studentsNext Mid Michigan Medical Center among 26 hospitals collecting COVID-19 datalast_img read more

Ptolemy Reid Centre gets much needed computers

first_imgStarr Computer Inc on Thursday donated six desktop computers to the Information Technology (IT) Department of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre to strengthen its capacity.An employee of Starr Computer teaches a student of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre how to use the InternetSpeaking at the handing over ceremony, Starr Computer General Manager, Rehman Majeed recalled that the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre on several occasions requested assistance for its IT Department.Majeed added that he is impressed with the maintenance of the Rehabilitation Centre’s IT Department.The six computers donated will greatly impact the implementation of the curriculum, since the children at the Rehabilitation Centre are usually taught through the audio and visual methods in contrast to the chalk and talk method.Additionally, speech therapy is a huge aspect of learning conducted at the Centre and the computers will expose the students to the use of language through social networks, particularly YouTube.The members of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre expressed gratitude to the company and highlighted that the donation was a timely one, adding that it will greatly assist the children in their everyday work programmes.last_img read more

Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges

first_imgRead Next Asi Taulava now can heave a sigh of relief.Filipino-Tongan basketball player Pauliasi “Asi” Taulava has scored against the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as the Court of Tax Appeals acquitted him of P9.55-million tax evasion charges.In a 41-page decision dated Nov. 3, the CTA First Division said BIR failed to prove that it properly served the final letter of demand informing Taulava of his tax assessment for the year 2004.ADVERTISEMENT The prosecution did not present the registry receipt issued by the Bureau of Posts or the registry return card as proof that Taulava was mailed the assessment notice, which he denied receiving.The failure to give due process to Taulava “gives rise to the conclusion that the accused is under no obligation to pay for the subject taxes,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Erlinda P. Uy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAssociate Justices Roman G. del Rosario and Cielito N. Mindaro-Grulla concurred in the decision.BIR accused Taulava, who currently plays for NLEX Road Warriors and is the oldest active player in the Philippine Basketball Association, of failing to pay his deficiency income tax and value-added tax for the year 2004. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort PBA D-League Draft set Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Duterte calls out gov’t agencies: Simplify transactions or I’ll kill you? PLAY LIST 02:24Duterte calls out gov’t agencies: Simplify transactions or I’ll kill you?01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The said assessments were stated in separate assessment notices dated Jan. 5, 2009. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Archers look to underline dominance

first_imgDespite all the major hurdles that they have came across, a determined Indian archery team has got its priorities right and is firmly focussed to underline its authority at the Commonwealth Games beginning on October 3.The archers began their training under bright sunshine at the competition venue, the Yamuna Sports Complex, on Friday and were high on confidence.”We have had some great performances in the recent past and I am sure we would continue the trend at the Games as well,” Tarundeep Rai, member of the recurve team, told M AIL T ODAY . ” A few problems here and there are seen everywhere around the world, but our focus is just on the medals.” Chief coach Limba Ram made it clear that four gold medals should be a reasonable achievement for his wards but said he was looking to improve the tally by two more.”The team has been together for quite some time now and has been doing really well. They won the gold at the World Cup stage IV which makes their form very evident,” he said.”There are eight gold medals on offer and surely we should win four of them but we are aiming a couple more than that.” The squad has good blend of experience and youth. The trio – Rahul Banerjee, Jayanta Talukdar and Rai – recently won the World Cup stage IV in Shanghai.Rai said the toughest competition would come from England and Australia who would be with their best archers.But he claimed the team was well prepared for the challenge.advertisement”England and Australia would be in full force here.They would pose the biggest challenge to us but we are prepared for them. At the World Cup in Shanghai, England were our first opponent and we defeated them,” he said.The team also includes the experienced Dola Banerjee who still remains the lone Indian ever to have won a World Cup Final.Dola too exuded confidence and said she is in the right frame of mind for her gold quest at the Commonwealth Games in which archery has been included for the first time since the 1982 edition.”We have had some decent practice at Kolkata. Besides, we have also performed well in international competitions recently. So, I believe we stand a good chance to win a number of medals here,” she said.While the Indians are getting ready, international archers have been advised to be prepared for the worst and have been asked to get knee- length rubber boots to confront the damp field at the archery venue.Only the Indian team has had the experience of practicing at the Yamuna Sports Complex so far and a bright sunshine welcomed them on their first day in office on Friday.Although the Indians did not require their rubber boots on Friday, the organisers have issued an advisory to the various Commonwealth Games Associations ( CGAs) as they fear that the rains may disrupt their training.”We have already advised all the CGAs to send their teams with rubber boots as the incessant rains have had its affect on the field of play,” competition manager Ranjith Dutta told M AIL T ODAY on Friday.”It has been raining heavily for the past so many weeks and we have to be prepared for the worst, so it is a general advice that we have given to all the CGAs and the Indian team as well.”last_img read more

10 months ago​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight months

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight monthsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.The Potters had appointed Rowett and given him a good transfer budget in the hopes of challenging for promotion.But the team are struggling to remain in the Championship, which was not the intended target at the start of the season. Rowett and his staff are sacked immediately.Per a Stoke statement: “Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs” until a permanent boss is appointed.Rowett only lasted in the job for eight months. last_img

Vancouver woman singing O Canada at Seahawks game to kneel after US

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee during the American anthem to support protesting NFL players and make a statement about human rights.Arielle Tuliao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Seahawks asking her to sing Canada’s national anthem on Sunday as part of the team’s celebration honouring Canadian fans.“They sent me a specific clip of me singing for the (Vancouver) Canucks, which in itself was my original dream,” Tuliao said Friday, the same day she decided she’d be kneeling with players.The 28-year-old singer and actor who made her foray into belting out O Canada for professional teams by performing at a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match last year said the opportunity to sing for the Seahawks brought up some conflicting feelings.Tuliao wondered how she’d respond as players kneeled or locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner in keeping with protests by NFL and NBA teams over police brutality against African-Americans and President Donald Trump’s portrayal of their stance as unpatriotic.“How do I take a stand without bringing unnecessary drama to my country? I want to honour the Seahawks for celebrating their true north fans but at the same time it’s my job to also stand up for (their) rights, not just as American citizens, but as humans.”Tuliao said she won’t kneel during the Canadian anthem because that would take away from the Seahawks’ celebration of their growing fan base in Canada.“But I’m 100 per cent confident that I’ll be kneeling for the American anthem,” she said, adding she’ll also be celebrating her brother’s birthday in Seattle on Sunday as her team takes on the Indianapolis Colts.Tuliao was initially afraid to wade into a political issue in the U.S. but said she was motivated by conquering her fear of speaking openly about her lifelong battle with depression, for which she finally sought help after hitting rock bottom last year.“I’ve stopped doing things because I’m scared and this is something that’s way bigger than me and it’s way more important than me. In my heart I know it’s the right thing to do.”The Seahawks did not respond to requests for comment.In Canada, the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have linked arms during O Canada to support their American counterparts.Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has faced criticism for supporting his team’s trip to the White House as part of a traditional champions’ visit with the president though Trump has rescinded an invitation to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn’t interested in attending.Prof. Paul Quirk, who teaches American politics at the University of British Columbia, said most U.S. citizens seem to be reasonably tolerant of the current protests by sports teams so they’re not likely to take offence to Tuliao’s stance at a football game.“In particular, I think the entertainment industry, which seems to be her career, is mostly opposed to Trump and sympathetic to the players and the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Quirk, who moved from the U.S. in 2004 and now has dual American-Canadian citizenship.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Cases against two St Mikes students accused in alleged sex assaults concluded

first_imgTORONTO — The cases against two students accused in alleged sex assaults at a private Toronto school have concluded.Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General will not say, however, what the outcomes of the cases against the St. Michael’s College students were, citing restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Police laid charges against seven teens at the all-boys Catholic school last year that related to two alleged sexual assaults and one alleged assault on campus.The two students in the recently concluded matters each faced charges of gang sex assault, assault with a weapon and assault in two separate incidents.The conclusion of their cases comes after sexual assault and assault charges were withdrawn against another student in early August, with the Crown saying a conviction in that matter was unlikely.The cases of four other teens remain before the courts, with hearings in those matters set for September and October.A lawyer for one of the students whose case was concluded says he could not comment due to publication bans under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, while a lawyer for the second student did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokeswoman with the Ministry of the Attorney General says the Youth Criminal Justice Act places strict restrictions on youth court records, including information on the offence and the resolution of the case.“These restrictions are meant to protect young persons from the stigma of the criminal justice system and foster their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,” said Shenaia Shields.An independent committee tasked with examining culture at St. Michael’s released a report last week that found bullying continues to be a systemic issue at the prestigious school despite measures introduced in the wake of the allegations that came to light last fall.The Canadian Presslast_img read more