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The executive also acknowledged his company used a self-destructing email server to communicate with clients in order to eliminate evidence of their contact.
Cambridge, originally funded by former Renaissance Technologies co-CEO and Trump supporter Robert Mercer, uses data to reach voters with hyper-targeted messaging, including on Facebook and other online services. Cambridge was hired to help with voter outreach by the Trump campaign, whose former campaign manager, Steve Bannon, had been on its board.
In a previous Channel 4 News expose, the undercover reporter filmed Cambridge Analytica executives talking about how the firm could use prostitutes and former spies to ensnare politicians and influence elections. In one video, Nix said the company could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house.”
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Flashback again to 2015, and at a launch event for Leave.EU ((Brexit)) in November, Cambridge Analytica's Business Development Director Brittany Kaiser was sat on the press conference panel.
She told the audience that CA will be "running large-scale research of the nation to really understand why people are interested in staying in or out of the EU. The answers to that will help inform our policy and communications."
Furthermore, Communications Director Andy Wigmore admitted last year that Leave.EU hired CA and can "highly recommend" the company's services.
He also told The Observer that the group harvested personal data and targeted voters on Facebook with anti-EU messaging. He said Facebook was a powerful weapon in Leave.EU's armoury, claiming that the accuracy of the technology is "really creepy."
Cambridge University has announced it is looking more closely into the activities of Aleksandr Kogan, the academic embroiled in the scandal over the use of Facebook data by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
The university said it had asked Facebook to provide “all relevant evidence” about Kogan in relation to his involvement with the company’s data that may later have been passed to Cambridge Analytica.
In a statement, Cambridge admitted it had given Kogan permission to work with St Petersburg University, but was careful to emphasise that the project was separate from his work at Cambridge, where he was a researcher in the psychology department.
The Soviet-born researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, started working with Cambridge Analytica in 2014. That same year, he teamed up with students and researchers from St. Petersburg State University, one of the top schools in Russia, to pursue a data-harvesting project similar to the one that produced the data he sold to Cambridge Analytica.
Kogan provided data on tens of millions of Americans to SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign.
In the email to his colleagues, Kogan decried recent reports about his work in Russia, and denied being a "Russian spy." He said his position at St. Petersburg State University was "mostly an honorary role" and that he only visited the school three times.
Previous reports suggested that Kogan got a grant directly from the government for his project. But the university is given a pool of money from Russia's federal budget, and the school then decides which specific research projects get funded, the person familiar explained.
this company has come up on the past
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and this most recent investigation is very interesting with more still to be revealed
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