Summary of Christopher Wylie's Mindf*ck

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669385183

Category: Political Science

Page: 34

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I am brought into a restricted area where the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence meets. The walls are paneled in dark wood, and the air smells old and stale. The guards confiscate our phones and other electronics, and give us numbered tickets. #2 I was in Washington to testify about how Cambridge Analytica, a military contractor, developed psychological warfare tools for the American alt-right. I had brought with me evidence that Facebook’s data was weaponized by the firm. #3 I was a whistleblower, and the result was the largest data crime investigation in history. I provided evidence that tied Cambridge Analytica to Donald Trump, Facebook, Russian intelligence, international hackers, and Brexit. #4 I was called before Parliament for a live public hearing, and I gave my story to the world. Every screen was a mirror reflecting it back at me. I began to receive threats, so I had to hire bodyguards to protect me.

Mindf*ck

Author: Christopher Wylie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 198485464X

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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For the first time, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells the inside story of the data mining and psychological manipulation behind the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, connecting Facebook, WikiLeaks, Russian intelligence, and international hackers. “Mindf*ck demonstrates how digital influence operations, when they converged with the nasty business of politics, managed to hollow out democracies.”—The Washington Post Mindf*ck goes deep inside Cambridge Analytica’s “American operations,” which were driven by Steve Bannon’s vision to remake America and fueled by mysterious billionaire Robert Mercer’s money, as it weaponized and wielded the massive store of data it had harvested on individuals—in excess of 87 million—to disunite the United States and set Americans against each other. Bannon had long sensed that deep within America’s soul lurked an explosive tension. Cambridge Analytica had the data to prove it, and in 2016 Bannon had a presidential campaign to use as his proving ground. Christopher Wylie might have seemed an unlikely figure to be at the center of such an operation. Canadian and liberal in his politics, he was only twenty-four when he got a job with a London firm that worked with the U.K. Ministry of Defense and was charged putatively with helping to build a team of data scientists to create new tools to identify and combat radical extremism online. In short order, those same military tools were turned to political purposes, and Cambridge Analytica was born. Wylie’s decision to become a whistleblower prompted the largest data-crime investigation in history. His story is both exposé and dire warning about a sudden problem born of very new and powerful capabilities. It has not only laid bare the profound vulnerabilities—and profound carelessness—in the enormous companies that drive the attention economy, it has also exposed the profound vulnerabilities of democracy itself. What happened in 2016 was just a trial run. Ruthless actors are coming for your data, and they want to control what you think.

Mindf*ck

Author: Christopher Wylie

Publisher: Insignis

ISBN: 836657542X

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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KRADNĄ TWOJE DANE. WŁAMUJĄ CI SIĘ DO MÓZGU. RZĄDZĄ ŚWIATEM. „Jako jeden z twórców Cambridge Analytiki ponoszę współodpowiedzialność za to, co się wydarzyło, i wiem, że spoczywa na mnie obowiązek naprawienia popełnionych błędów. Podobnie jak wiele osób z branży nowoczesnych technologii, działałem szybko, tworzyłem potężne narzędzia, a kiedy zdałem sobie sprawę, co zepsułem, było już za późno”. – Christopher Wylie 17 marca 2018 roku Christopher Wylie dał się poznać światu jako sygnalista w jednej z największych afer politycznych ostatniego dziesięciolecia. Tego dnia w „Guardianie” i „New York Timesie” ukazały się wyniki rocznego śledztwa dziennikarskiego obu redakcji. Opublikowane artykuły bazowały na ujawnionych przez Wyliego informacjach o działaniach Cambridge Analytiki, brytyjskiej firmy doradztwa politycznego, i ich wpływie zarówno na wynik referendum w sprawie Brexitu, jak i na wybory prezydenckie w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Na pierwszy rzut oka trudno sobie wyobrazić, by Wylie mógł odegrać kluczową rolę w nieuczciwych operacjach Cambridge Analytiki, polegających na eksploracji danych (data mining) użytkowników Facebooka. Jest zdeklarowanym liberałem. Miał zaledwie 24 lata, kiedy zdobył pracę w londyńskiej firmie pracującej dla Ministerstwa Obrony Wielkiej Brytanii. Powierzono mu zadanie stworzenia zespołu naukowców, który miał opracować narzędzia do namierzania i zwalczania w internecie radykalnego ekstremizmu. Narzędzia te praktycznie natychmiast zaczęły być wykorzystywane do partykularnych celów politycznych. Tak właśnie narodziła się Cambridge Analytica. Książka Christophera Wyliego ujawnia m.in. kulisy amerykańskiej operacji firmy. Zasilona finansowo przez tajemniczego miliardera Roberta Mercera, Cambridge Analytica zajęła się realizacją wizji Steve’a Bannona, politycznego stratega pragnącego odmienić oblicze Stanów Zjednoczonych. Korzystając z olbrzymiego zasobu pozyskanych z Facebooka danych, które szczegółowo charakteryzowały ponad 87 milionów użytkowników platformy, Cambridge Analytica rozbiła, spolaryzowała i zantagonizowała amerykańskie społeczeństwo. Bannon, który trafnie zdiagnozował drzemiące wśród amerykańskich wyborców napięcia, w 2016 roku zdobył dzięki Cambridge Analytice dane, które nie tylko potwierdziły jego intuicję, ale mogły zostać natychmiast przetestowane na poligonie doświadczalnym, jakim okazały się wybory prezydenckie. Wylie doprowadził do wszczęcia dochodzenia, które miało zbadać największe przestępstwo związane z ochroną danych w historii. Ujawnił przy tym związki Cambridge Analytiki, Donalda Trumpa, Facebooka, WikiLeaks, rosyjskiej agentury i międzynarodowych hakerów. Opowieść Wyliego to nie tylko pasjonująca publikacja demaskatorska, żywiołowo napisana i czytająca się lepiej niż niejedna powieść sensacyjna. To także poważne ostrzeżenie o zagrożeniach, jakie niosą za sobą nowoczesne technologie i potężne narzędzia informatyczne. Wylie unaocznił nadużycia i beztroskę ich twórców – potentatów rynku ekonomii uwagi; wskazał również wrażliwe punkty systemów demokratycznych. A to, co wydarzyło się w roku 2016, było zaledwie próbnym rozruchem machiny manipulacji. Bezwzględni gracze wciąż czyhają na twoje dane i chcą przejąć kontrolę nad tym, co myślisz.

Privacy is Power

Author: Carissa Véliz

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473583535

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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An Economist BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR As the data economy grows in power, Carissa Véliz exposes how our privacy is eroded by big tech and governments, why that matters and what we can do about it. The moment you check your phone in the morning you are giving away your data. Before you've even switched off your alarm, a whole host of organisations have been alerted to when you woke up, where you slept, and with whom. As you check the weather, scroll through your 'suggested friends' on Facebook, you continually compromise your privacy. Without your permission, or even your awareness, tech companies are harvesting your information, your location, your likes, your habits, and sharing it amongst themselves. They're not just selling your data. They're selling the power to influence you. Even when you've explicitly asked them not to. And it's not just you. It's all your contacts too. Digital technology is stealing our personal data and with it our power to make free choices. To reclaim that power and democracy, we must protect our privacy. What can we do? So much is at stake. Our phones, our TVs, even our washing machines are spies in our own homes. We need new regulation. We need to pressure policy-makers for red lines on the data economy. And we need to stop sharing and to adopt privacy-friendly alternatives to Google, Facebook and other online platforms. Short, terrifying, practical: Privacy is Power highlights the implications of our laid-back attitude to data and sets out how we can take back control. If you liked The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, you'll love Privacy is Power because it provides a philosophical perspective on the politics of privacy, and it offers a very practical outlook, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.

Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence

Author: J. Richard Stevens

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815653204

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 406

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Since 1940, Captain America has battled his enemies in the name of American values, and as those values have changed over time, so has Captain America’s character. Because the comic book world fosters a close fan–creator dialogue, creators must consider their ever-changing readership. Comic book artists must carefully balance storyline continuity with cultural relevance. Captain America’s seventy-year existence spans from World War II through the Cold War to the American War on Terror; beginning as a soldier unopposed to offensive attacks against foreign threats, he later becomes known as a defender whose only weapon is his iconic shield. In this way, Captain America reflects America’s need to renegotiate its social contract and reinvent its national myths and cultural identity, all the while telling stories proclaiming an eternal and unchanging spirit of America. In Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence, Stevens reveals how the comic book hero has evolved to maintain relevance to America’s fluctuating ideas of masculinity, patriotism, and violence. Stevens outlines the history of Captain America’s adventures and places the unfolding storyline in dialogue with the comic book industry as well as America’s varying political culture. Stevens shows that Captain America represents the ultimate American story: permanent enough to survive for nearly seventy years with a history fluid enough to be constantly reinterpreted to meet the needs of an ever-changing culture.

IndyFest Magazine #84

Author: N.A

Publisher: Dimestore Productions

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 52

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The 84th issue of IndyFest Magazine! is here. This May 2015 issue is one you need to read. Inside you will find in-depth interviews with: Phil Buck Creator of Those Shadow People Jean-Paul Deshong Creator of Sons of Fate Mike Wolfer Creaor of Ragdoll and Daughters of the Dark Oracle Emiliyan and Stanimir Valev Creators of Samodiva's Kiss David Nicoll - poet/musician/artist Marcos Farrajota Founding Member of Chili Com Carne Giuseppe Pennestri CEO of Diego Publishing Aaron Trudgeon Writer for Ancient Wisdom Comics Also included in this issue: Sneak Peek:Tether by Chuck Amandori and Alex Reis A Written View by Douglas Owen Published by Ian Shires, Dimestore Productions Managing Editor Ellen Fleisher Circulation Coordinator Douglas Owen Cover Art Cyril Browng IndyFest Magazine spotlights the creative efforts of artists taking control of their work. Each month you will find interviews, how toos and great advice from talented artists. Not stopping there, the magazine interviews the most amazing people and uncovers what it takes to be on the cutting edge of Self-PublishThe 84th issue of IndyFest Magazine! is here.

Gone with the Whim

Author: Stefany Holmes

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491730315

Category: Humor

Page: 326

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Moving from hospitable Atlanta to provocative Las Vegas, Stefany Holmes must find her way in a new town. In this collection of short essays, she details the everyday experiences and landmark explorations as they unfold before her. She occasionally reminisces about the South while embracing her unexpected and newfound life in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Stefany celebrates the differences between two distinct slices of Americana, illustrates relationship dynamics, weaves in painless Vegas history, and muses of other things interesting and irrelevant. Stefany's inspired approach to storytelling blends stream-of-consciousness thoughts with a unique style of observation. Through wry humor and witty candor, she delivers a fresh and spirited tour of Sin City. and whatever else she feels like sharing. "Hi, Sweetie. How many of these did you need me to buy?"-- Stefany's mom "The only thing subtle about her is her insults." -- Stefany's "Driver" "I bet this is a great sequel!" -- Said no one (yet) "Gayle, where's our cooler? Book Club's taking a road trip to Vegas." -- what Stefany thinks Oprah would say "Happiness is being on a plane with Wayne Newton." -- Stefany

The Language of Hate

Author: Andrew Brindle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317552601

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 236

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In this book, Andrew Brindle analyzes a corpus of texts taken from a white supremacist web forum which refer to the subject of homosexuality, drawing conclusions about the discourses of extremism and the dissemination of far-right hate speech online. The website from which Brindle’s corpus is drawn, Stormfront, has been described as the most powerful active influence in the White Nationalist movement (Kim 2005). Through a linguistic analysis of the data combining corpus linguistic methodologies and a critical discourse analysis approach, Brindle examines the language used to construct heterosexual, white masculinities, as well as posters’ representations of gay men, racial minorities and other out-groups, and how such groups are associated by the in-group. Brindle applies three types of analysis to the corpus: a corpus-driven approach centered on the study of frequency, keywords, collocation and concordance analyses; a detailed qualitative study of posts from the forum and the threads in which they are located; and a corpus-based approach which combines the corpus linguistic and qualitative analyses. The analysis of the data demonstrates a convergence of reactionary responses to not only women, gay men and lesbians, but also to racial minorities. Brindle’s findings suggest that due to the forum format of the data, topics are discussed and negotiated rather than dictated unilaterally as would be the case in a hierarchical organization. This research-based study of white supremacist discourse on the Internet facilitates understanding of hate speech and the behavior of extremist groups, with the aim of providing tools to combat elements of extremism and intolerance in society.

Mindf*ck

Author: Christopher Wylie

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782836772

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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'Please please please read Mindf*ck' - Richard Dawkins What if you could peer into the minds of an entire population? What if you could target the weakest with rumours that only they saw? In 2016, an obscure British military contractor turned the world upside down. Funded by a billionaire on a crusade to start his own far-right insurgency, Cambridge Analytica combined psychological research with private Facebook data to make an invisible weapon with the power to change what voters perceived as real. The firm was created to launch the then unknown Steve Bannon's ideological assault on America. But as it honed its dark arts in elections from Trinidad to Nigeria, 24-year-old research director Christopher Wylie began to see what he and his colleagues were unleashing. He had heard the disturbing visions of the investors. He saw what CEO Alexander Nix did behind closed doors. When Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the EU, Wylie realised it was time to expose his old associates. The political crime of the century had just taken place - the weapon had been tested - and nobody knew.

DAYS of TRUMP: The Definitive Chronology of the 45th President of the United States

Author: Tim Devine

Publisher: Devine Company, LLC

ISBN: 173782387X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 556

View: 3549


With over 400 photos, documents and interactive links, DAYS of TRUMP: The Definitive Chronology of the 45th President of the United States may be the most comprehensive resource for political historians and lay people alike digging even deeper into the whirlwind days of the Trump presidency than any book released to date. Days of Trump is a chronological, collected look back at all the significant (and even secondary) events and headlines of the Trump era that for the first time puts it all together in one place, giving the reader and historians the chance to better see how these myriad events all fit into place and where we are left as a nation.