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Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO backs out of giving evidence to UK parliament

Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the political consultancy firm at the center of a storm about mishandled Facebook users data, has backed out of re-appearing in front of the UK parliament for a second time. Nix had been scheduled to take questions from the DCMS committee that’s probing online misinformation tomorrow afternoon. In a press notice today, the committee said: “The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, is now refusing to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at a public session  tomorrow , Wednesday 18 th  April, at 2.15pm. He cites the Information Commissioner’s Office’s ongoing investigation as a reason not to appear.” Nix has already given  evidence to the committee — in February — but last month it recalled him, saying it has fresh questions for him in light of revelations that millions of Facebook users had their data passed to CA in violation of  Facebook’s  policies. It has also said it’s keen to press him on some of his previous answers, as a result of evidence it has heard since — including detailed testimony from CA whistleblower Chris Wylie late last month. In a statement today about Nix’s refusal to appear, committee chair Damian Collins said it might issue a formal summons. “We do not accept Mr Nix’s reason for not appearing in a public session before the Committee. We have taken advice and he is not been charged with any criminal offence and there is no active legal proceedings and we plan to raise this with the Information Commissioner when we meet her this week. There is therefore no legal reason why Mr Nix cannot appear,” he said. “The Committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future. We’ll make a further statement about this next week.” When Nix attending the hearing on February 27 he claimed Cambridge Analytica does not “work with Facebook data”, also telling the committee: “We do not have Facebook data”, though he said the company uses the social media platform to advertise, and also “as a means to gather data, adding: “We roll out surveys on Facebook that the public can engage with if they elect to.” Since then Facebook has said information on as many as 87 million users of its platform could have been passed to CA, via a quiz app that was able to exploit its friends API to pull data on Facebook users’ friends.

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How Facebook gives an asymmetric advantage to negative messaging

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor Facebook co-founder says its rise reveals the fault lines destroying the “American Dream” 2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising Few Facebook critics are as credible as  Roger McNamee , the managing partner at Elevation Partners. As an  early investor  in Facebook, McNamee was only only a  mentor to Mark Zuckerberg but also introduce him to Sheryl Sandberg. So it’s hard to underestimate the significance of McNamee’s increasingly  public criticism of Facebook over the last couple of years, particularly in the light of the growing Cambridge Analytica  storm . According to McNamee, Facebook pioneered the building of a tech company on “human emotions”. Given that the social network knows all of our “emotional hot buttons”, McNamee believes, there is “something systemic” about the way that third parties can “destabilize” our democracies and economies. McNamee saw this in 2016 with both the Brexit referendum in the UK and the American Presidential election and concluded that Facebook does, indeed, give “asymmetric advantage” to negative messages. McNamee still believes that Facebook can be fixed. But Zuckerberg and Sandberg, he insists, both have to be “honest” about what’s happened and recognize its “civic responsibility” in strengthening democracy. And tech can do its part too, McNamee believes, in acknowledging and confronting what he calls its “dark side”. McNamee is certainly doing this.

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How To Use Google Pay – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo How To Use Google Pay Ubergizmo A new form of payment has managed to find its way into the mainstream: smartphones. Both major smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, have developed their very own 'smart pay' apps, called Apple Pay and Samsung Pay respectively. Google's ... and more »

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