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32 Democratic senators demand to know if Trump's consumer finance boss has let Equifax off the hook

Following reports this week that Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s new chief of the Consumer Finance Protection Board had stopped all activity related to probing the Equifax breach in which the sensitive financial data of virtually every adult American was stolen, 32 … Continue reading

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30+ White House officials & Trump appointees never got security clearance — like Jared Kushner, Rob Porter

Some 30 to 40 White House officials and Trump administration political appointees are operating more than a year into the Trump regime without full security clearances. One of them is Jared Kushner. Until recently, another was noted wife-basher Rob Porter. … Continue reading

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In the USA, Trump supporters are the most prolific users and sharers of "junk news" (a mix of untruth and distastefully presented materials)

Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Project surveyed 13,500 “politically active” US Twitter users and 48,000 publicly visible Facebook pages, coding them for political affiliation, then measuring how much “junk news” (a news article that fails to live up to three or more … Continue reading

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Australia put an algorithm in charge of its benefits fraud detection and plunged the nation into chaos

In a textbook example of the use of big data to create a digital poorhouse, as described in Virginia Eubanks’s excellent new book Automating Inequality, the Australian government created an algorithmic, semi-privatised system to mine the financial records of people … Continue reading

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Convicted criminal Silvio Berlusconi returns to Italian politics as a kingmaker

Silvio Berlusconi, a misogynist, racist creep-authoritarian who was caught paying a teenager for sex and then lied to cops to get them to stop investigating the case, is banned from holding public office in Italy thanks to a criminal conviction … Continue reading

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Research report explains how adtech supercharges political deceit, allowing even bumblers to be master propagandists

A new report from the New America Foundation uses the current fear that Russian government elements manipulated the 2016 US election to explore the relationship between advertising technology, surveillance capitalism, and “precision propaganda,” showing how the toolsuite developed for the … Continue reading

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Americans, not Russians, are mostly behind #ReleaseTheMemo, Twitter early analysis shows

“Despite claims the Kremlin is driving a campaign to disclose an anti-FBI memo, a source says an early in-house analysis concludes the hashtag has been mostly pushed by Americans,” reports Daily Beast. “If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing … Continue reading

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HACKED: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of government officials

Hackers have published a big dump of private data related to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of other of the country’s politicians, in what is said to be the biggest data dump of its kind ever in Germany. Only … Continue reading