Russia Gate

17th May 2017. Robert Mueller,  former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, started investigating on Russian interferences against Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. There are evidences that Russian hackered Clinton’s email and spread bad fake news about her. In particular, Mueller is investigating on the contacts between Russian and Trump’s officers. Moreover there are founded suspicions Cambridge Analytica collaborated with Russian hackers.

11th February 2017. Even the US National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, had to resign from his role because he misled the FBI and US Magistrates about the nature and the content of the communication he had with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

How did US Magistrates, FBI and European Union react?

15th May 2018. The New York Times, after two months from the launch of the scandal, revealed that Justice Department and FBI started an investigation on Cambridge Analytica data firm (failed on the 1st of  May 2018) . Also many of CA collaborators are inquired or interrogated as witnesses.

25th May 2018. European Union, to uniform regulations of each country, promulgated a law about data protection made to defend European citizens privacy: GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). A processor of personal data must clearly disclose any data collection, declare the lawful basis and purpose for data processing, and state how long data is being retained and if it is being shared with any third parties. Businesses must report any data breaches within 72 hours if they have an adverse effect on user privacy. 

Facebook. In its policy, sharing data with third parties is forbidden. The app thisisyourdigitallife collected FB account data with the consent of the users but later shared their data with Cambridge Analytica, without informing them and violating FB terms and conditions. Later, when The Guardian and the NYT published their inquiries on March 17, 2018, they caused a huge public outcry. More than $100 billion was knocked off Facebook’s share price in days and politicians in the US and UK demanded answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The question, indeed, is if Facebook has been unable to discover and to stop the leak of data or if Facebook knew everything and it didn’t do anything. 

People reactions

According to the online magazine Inside Marketing, after the breaking out of Cambridge Analytica scandal, lots of Italians weren’t aware on Facebook Terms And Conditions. They completely ignored that Facebook was used (and is used) selling their accounts data to external companies for commercial purposes. 80% of interviewed people didn’t know the fact Facebook earnings come from the sales of users interactions.

Once they became aware of the data selling, the 54% of those people said they would have not open a Facebook account if they had known it.

Outside Italy too, many people have been indignant about Facebook unability to stop the forbidden acquisition of data, so that many of them organised the #Faceblock on the 11th of April, 2018, a day to boycott every app and social connected with Facebook, to protest against Facebook involvement in Cambridge Analytica Buisness. They decided the 11th of April because it was the Zuckerberg’s audition day in front of the US Congress to answer questions about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.



The Guardian and NYT inquiries

On the 18th of March, the Observer (weekly magazine of the Guardian) and the New York Times released their inquiries. They accused Cambridge Analytica to have collected personal data without authorization and use them to influence people political opinions. Moreover they accused Facebook not to have done anything to avoid data collection. Indeed, if a business makes something against Facebook terms and conditions, Facebook delete completely their social pages. But nothing happend for more than 2 years, so the questions is: did FB know everything and didn’t do anything, or has been FB unable to discover the leak??? It’s dangerous in both cases.

Donald Trump

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Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.

Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School. He took charge of his family’s real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens and Brooklyn into Manhattan, and later in the entire world. The company built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He co-authored several books, including The Art of the Deal. He owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted The Apprentice, a reality television show, from 2003 to 2015. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $3.1 billion.

Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen opponents in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. He was elected president in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. He became the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, and the first without prior military or government service. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests. Trump has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. Indeed his Political Campaign was involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He hired this company to manage the Social Networks communication and organizations.

Aleksandr Kogan

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Aleksandr Kogan

Aleksandr Kogan (born 1985/86), who has also briefly used the name Dr Spectre, is a Moldovan-born data scientist, who is known for having developed the app thisisyourdigitallife that allowed Cambridge Analytica to collect personal details of 87 million Facebook users. He worked as a research associate at the University of Cambridge.

Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, born in 1964, is a British politician. Since he started his political career, he’s always been eurosceptics. Before founding the Ukip (UK independence Party from EU) he was a member of Conservative Party. Then, in 1992, he left it because he didn’t agree with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. He criticized Euro value too.

In 1999, in order to pick up his thoughts in Europe, he was candidate and elected as European Parliament member. Now he’s still there. For all the time, Farage conducted his battle for UK independence from Europe. In 2016, (with many controversies we are going to explain) he finally won: majority of British people voted for Brexit. And now, after 3 years, UK is still in trouble to find convenient agreement with Europe.

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is the link between Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Russia Gate.

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Michael Flynn

Born in 1958, Flynn career began in the US Army. He had several jobs: initially, he played a key role in shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq and, later, he became the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; after leaving the military, he established Flynn Intel Group, which provided intelligence services for business companies and governments. He became a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and served as the National Security Advisor from January 23rd to February 13th, 2017. He had to resign after information surfaced that he had misled the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.  Flynn’s tenure of just 24 days is the shortest in National Security office’s history.

The Project

Hello everyone, that’s our project.
First of all let’s start with the introductions. We are Tatiana, Valeria and Fabiola. We are three students of Turin University. At Interactive Storytelling and Art lectures, we start thinking about this project. Actually it was a nice idea of our teacher Daniela Calisi and we decided to develop it.

Now we can start talking about the real content of the project. We called it Cambridge Analytica Storyline because our purpose is to focus on all the phases of the gate, but also on the technologies that allowed Cambridge Analytica to acquire users data and use them in order to understand people political orientation.

We start explaing the key concepts of the story: big data meaning, social network, login with Facebook and psychometrics.

Then, we are going to tell you the story of Cambridge Analytica. In order to do this we need to go back in the history and start talking about Aleksandr Kogan and his creation: thisisyourdigitallife app.

At the end we are going to deal the story of Cambridge Analytica, how this software started to use people data and why they are suspected of influencing political orientations. They did not work only for USA President Elections but they were hired also for Brexit referendum.

This is a very disquieting story all the people should know. Our purpose is to spread it.