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08.04.2018 - 11:55 [ New York Times ]

Spy Contractor’s Idea Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Facebook Data

(27.3.2018) As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014, the company received help from at least one employee at Palantir Technologies, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon.

It was a Palantir employee in London, working closely with the data scientists building Cambridge’s psychological profiling technology, who suggested the scientists create their own app — a mobile-phone-based personality quiz — to gain access to Facebook users’ friend networks, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

08.04.2018 - 11:46 [ Politico ]

Palantir goes from Pentagon outsider to Mattis‘ inner circle

(11.6.2017) At least three Pentagon officials close to Mattis, including his deputy chief of staff and a longtime confidante, either worked, lobbied or consulted for Palantir Technologies, according to ethics disclosures obtained by POLITICO. That’s an unusually high number of people from one company to have such daily contact with the Pentagon leader, some analysts say.

06.04.2018 - 12:51 [ Cnet.com ]

Silicon Valley may rethink open campuses after YouTube shooting

When a shooter opened fire on YouTube’s campus before killing herself, Silicon Valley didn’t just experience a tragedy that’s rocked other communities and prompted an intense debate over gun control in the United States. The incident may also have prompted a rethink among tech companies which have enjoyed a culture that’s embraced open spaces, including cafes, restaurants and gift shops, shared with the public.

05.04.2018 - 07:02 [ Zeit.de ]

„Libertär, gegen den Staat und grundsätzlich rücksichtslos“

García Martínez: Facebook und Mark als Person strahlen in die Tech-Welt aus, insofern muss man sie als Einflussgrößen verstehen. Es gibt eine für Europäer vermutlich wenig nachvollziehbare Wildwestmentalität im Silicon Valley. Man ist libertär eingestellt, gegen den Staat und grundsätzlich rücksichtslos. Diese Haltung ist auch verantwortlich dafür, dass die Produkte, die Tech-Firmen entwickeln, so aussehen, wie sie aussehen.