Imagine, if you will, specific political agendas being advanced courtesy of your own Facebook likes and Twitter rants. Consider an AI Propaganda Machine that caters to individual voters, preying on their personalities and creating large opinion shifts.
Professor Albright, a data scientist from Elon University did imagine it and with other data experts, found a darker, more sinister truth to perhaps why Donald Trump was elected and why Brexit may have occurred. (And no, it wasn’t the Russians.)
Professor Albright described Cambridge Analytica (CA), a communications data company:
“This is a propaganda machine. It’s targeting people individually to recruit them to an idea. It’s a level of social engineering that I’ve never seen before. They’re capturing people and then keeping them on an emotional leash and never letting them go.”
As an invisible propaganda machine the company relies on bots swarming, leveraging automated emotional manipulation; contriving fake news networks and presenting specific Facebook posts tailored to the individual, influencing them to think things they normally wouldn’t think.
SCL Group – CA’s parent company – held past contracts, including their work for the Pentagon to put feelers out in Yemen and Iran; a $750,000 NATO contract to counter Russian propaganda in Eastern Europe; and government contracts to counter jihadi propaganda. And their work was deemed successful.
In 2014, the ‘psych-ops’ firm was also employed by America Inc and its president, a Tea Party sympathizer, L. Brent Bozell III, whose ambition is to “neutralize leftwing bias in the news media and popular culture.”
Cambridge Analytica – who Steve Bannon used to sit on its board – also received a generous $5 million from Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 elections to target swing voters. US billionaire Robert Mercer, a massive Trump supporter, is also close associates with Nigel Farage, the man who championed Brexit. Coincidence?
“[CA] helped supercharge Leave.EU’s social media campaign by ensuring the right messages are getting to the right voters,” it admits on its website referring to active manipulation to enable a safe passage for the Brexit.
And as though changing and modifying an individual’s behavior to implement the changes they want isn’t enough, the London-based firm’s CEO Alexander Nix announced unashamedly their access to Every. Single. Individual. American. “Today in the United States we have somewhere close to four or five thousand data points on every individual,” continuing, Nix admits to modelling the personalities of every adult in the United States, “some 230 million people,” to manipulate to their whims dependent on their employer and government/private contract.
Facebook likes are harvested, subscriptions and church visits are logged, purchase histories are noted and phone data obtained. Eventually a subject’s behavior can be predicted through algorithms at an accuracy sharper than what could be achieved by your closest friend.
Cambridge Analytica isn’t alone in data mining, however the company is one of the largest and most influential. There isn’t an online presence left unturned when they have an employer’s end goal in mind. And putting the Internet of Things into perspective, once ‘plugged in’ the individual opens up more information for data mining and manipulation, including the food they eat from a Smart Fridge to how long they sit in front of a TV program.
So next time you give a thought to the Mainstream Media (MSM) complaining again of rigged elections, they’re not far wrong. The only problem is they’re not looking in the right place – and is it deliberate? Cambridge Analytica, employed by Trump and many other politicians worldwide, have a trend for winning elections or swaying political agendas.
Right now, the smoking gun in both Brexit and the 2016 US election win is more than likely Cambridge Analytica. Best case scenario is you have politicians paying companies to manipulate you into voting a specific way. But the MSM won’t report that, will they?