Religious data platform ‘targets mentally ill, vulnerable people’

So somebody brought a whole bunch of evidence about who Cambridge Analytica collaborated with in the United States other than the Trump campaign.
It turned out to be far-right-wing churches, conservative churches in the US. And they’ve built a platform that targets mentally ill or vulnerable people in order to draw them into church, to monetize them through donations. That’s the short-term goal. To help them is the facade for it, but ultimately the aim is to convert them to the politics of the far right.

What initially happened is that a Koch brothers-funded charity commissioned Cambridge Analytica, along with a software company called Glue, to build a software platform that could be used by churches in order to target vulnerable people.

And these are people who are suffering from addiction, financial distress, who might be struggling with opioid dependence or they might be dealing with bipolar issues. And all of these options are available in the software that has been deployed to the churches. And once those people are identified, they can target them with social media. And once brought into the church, they can also be recruited into the politics of the far right.

It was initially rolled out as a marriage program to save marriages at 16 major campuses, and some of those are megachurches. Some of them are as small as village churches, now that it’s available to pretty much everybody, and across all faiths: Catholic, Protestant, but mainly evangelical and dominion Catholics.

DW.com

The documentary People You May Know

Personal Privacy is a thing of the past

Unidentified database exposes 200 million Americans.

It was not encrypted and was sitting there for anybody to access.

The records contained, among other things:

  • Full names and titles of the exposed individuals
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Dates of birth
  • Credit ratings
  • Home and mortgaged real estate addresses, including their exact locations
  • Demographics, including numbers of children and their genders
  • Detailed mortgage and tax records
  • Detailed data profiles, including information about the individuals’ personal interests, investments, as well as political, charitable, and religious donations

Cyber News

Google tracked his bike ride past a burglarized home. That made him a suspect.

“I was using an app to see how many miles I rode my bike and now it was putting me at the scene of the crime,” the man said.

[His lawyer] dug around and learned that the notice had been prompted by a “geofence warrant,” a police surveillance tool that casts a virtual dragnet over crime scenes, sweeping up Google location data — drawn from users’ GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular connections — from everyone nearby.

NBC News

Avast Anti-Virus Software: Collecting and Selling Your Data

An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest companies, a joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag has found.

…documents, from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant Avast called Jumpshot, shine new light on the secretive sale and supply chain of peoples’ internet browsing histories. They show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person’s computer collects data, and that Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world.

Vice

Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook users’ data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over the companies it partnered with. In some cases, Facebook would reward partners by giving them preferential access to certain types of user data while denying the same access to rival companies.

NBC

[Have you yet dropped facebook?]

Former FBI Official: the FBI Tried to Keep ‘Progressives and Socialists Out of Office’ Long After Claiming Otherwise

A former high-ranking U.S. government official recently admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation previously worked to keep “progressives” and “socialists” out of government–years after the agency officially claimed they no longer engaged in such efforts.

LawAndCrime.com

Message to liberals: Maybe you should cool it with the FBI Lovefest, eh?

Chris Heges: Scum vs. Scum

Hedges begins with the Senate race in New Jersey (whose Republican and Democratic candidates are basis of the “scum vs. scum” title). An excerpt:

You cannot use the word “liberty” when your government, as ours does, watches you 24 hours a day and stores all of your personal information in government computers in perpetuity. You cannot use the word “liberty” when you are the most photographed and monitored population in human history. You cannot use the word “liberty” when it is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or General Dynamics. You cannot use the word “liberty” when the state empowers militarized police to use indiscriminate lethal force against unarmed citizens in the streets of American cities. You cannot use the word “liberty” when 2.3 million citizens, mostly poor people of color, are held in the largest prison system on earth. This is the relationship between a master and a slave. The choice is between whom we want to clamp on our chains—a jailer who mouths politically correct bromides or a racist, Christian fascist. Either way we are shackled.

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