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Professor laments data-mining role

By The New York Times

This article was originally published April 23, 2018 at 2:44 a.m. Updated April 23, 2018 at 2:44 a.m.

Alexander Kogan, the academic who was hired by Cambridge Analytica to harvest information from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, defended his role in the data collection Sunday.

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BOLTAR says... April 23, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

Future news: The Trump campaign today expressed regret that the Russians had hacked the Democrats at the candidate's request. "We just thought it would be a funny little prank," the spokesman said, " but then the Russians gave us the data, and they didn't even tell us not to use it."

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Dontsufferfools says... April 23, 2018 at 9:40 a.m.

I kind of agree with the professor. You put stuff on the Internet and then expect everyone who sees it to treat it as proprietary? The crime is how the data was used by Cambridge Analytica. My understanding is that it tried to cocoon its targeted audience in waves of fake political narratives. I guess this is what Faux News does, too. This contemporary media practice of knowingly spreading false narratives seems dangerously divisive.

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