tv Inside Story 2019 Ep 18 Al Jazeera January 19, 2019 10:32am-11:01am +03
as in the name of our participants now we would provide algorithm with a set of facebook likes and have you do the same thing so based on your facebook likes trying to predict you know personality the results of this experiment are staggering by studying ten of your likes on facebook the algorithm knows you better than your call the. with a hundred likes it knows you better than your family. and with two hundred thirty likes it knows you better than your spouse now given how much for friends how many footprints we're living every day while using internet and splaying of our phones. it basically means that computers can clearly know us better in many ways than even our close family member this. prediction of human behavior through the combination of personal data and psychological tests is shockingly accurate.
david kero is a media professor at parsons university in new york. he battled for months to retrieve the data that cambridge analytical had on him. he was amazed by what he discovered. this is the excel spreadsheet that they have provided it is broken into three tabs core data election returns and models the model on the one hand personal data that the firm has gathered from the web and then my registered now this is all the voter data here and this is what would normally be public in voter records but it it's all accurate it has the day i registered to vote it has figured out my birthday my address zip code down to you know all my address is connected to census information. it's connected
to all the different kinds of elections so us congressional state senate state house state legislative then you have some consumer information here like the designated mark information and f i p s it is another kind of consumer voter code and when you on the other hand the psychometric interpretation of his personality together that's how you can really zero in and target the model is my profile so you can see the different topics were ranked in order of importance my registered partisanship my unreligious or partisanship you clearly see who their client was it didn't measure me as a democrat or republican just a very unlikely republican and you can also see sort of the model itself is in the interest of sort of finding. conservative voters especially conservative voters who might be registered as a democrat but are actually going to vote republican so being able to go down to
the zip code level and then reus o.c. that to all other election districts allows you to geo target. so precisely and that's how you're going to move the needle in u.s. elections i think if americans knew this was happening and happening internationally they would be outraged. funded by robert mercer and headed by steve benen naturally cambridge on a lot of how would offer its services to candid donald trump. by late june twenty sixth the partnership with a done deal. on july the twenty ninth the first payment was sent to the company you can find it in the campaign account. with four payments between july and october twenty sixth in cambridge an emoticon would receive nearly six million dollars. at the same time the political action committee. donald trump
funded by robert mercer paid cambridge analytic top five million dollars between november twenty fifth in november twenty sixth in. ultimately the firm would receive eleven million dollars to work with the trump campaign. a digital targeting strategy was made possible and set to run for donald trump. all that was needed was a way to put it to use in the american elections certainly be it some camp which include cambridge analytical saw something in the american electorate that the clinton campaign and the media certainly did not see. it's been reported that thanks to cambridge analytic cuz knowledge of the electorate trumps advisors devise the highly targeted strategy based on the particularities of the us voting system. in the united states the president is not alike to directly by the people but by the electoral college appointed in each of the fifty states. not all states have
the same number of electors making some states more important to win than others. the trump camp suspected that they would not win the national vote so with strategists decided to concentrate on key states. knowing that they would lose the national popular vote. how do you win well you win by capturing the electoral college how do you do that you try and figure out a way of where you can go to appeal to relatively small numbers of people he was going to places that a lot of people thought why is he doing that he shouldn't be doing that he should be going someplace someplace else we didn't there was a strategy of looking at places that had been thought of as consistently democratic states states like michigan wisconsin and pennsylvania all three of which mr trump carried on in november. this was the strategy reportedly recommended by
cambridge analytical not to try to convince millions of voters across the entire nation to vote for trump but rather to target only the tens of thousands that the firm knew through its analyses were hesitating. if you are somebody who's. clever. and you're just you're looking i mean what he does algorithmic trading it's all about finding the tiniest edge is that tiny tiny tiny edge that you have of your competitors that you can leverage and make a massive difference and that's why you make the money and i think this idea of using data and the potential manipulation through a platform facebook is that just enough to give you that edge that then you can exploit through things like faith and all these other techniques and tactics.
here are the techniques that motion by the data scientists i cambridge i'm. using the information they had on the electorates they defined thirty two types of personalities throughout the country. it's believed that individualized messages were sent targeting those considered to be the most concerned about issues. was discussed by trump during his campaign. the firm identified many such voters in three states wisconsin michigan and pennsylvania three states bay believed could swing in favor of trump. in a press release cambridge analytical openly explained its strategy.
there remains one question that the firm does not address just how did they reach these targeted voters. they did it using a little known facebook feature dark posts. they do sit in on top is when bash his book. massage. and book with us from detroit i mean it christmas search for certain movies you said populace one of them a certain about but it's all of. those i cannot expect out of it if the decline the depth of but only design to yourself is a book i make them as such but also when they get if look can you that make critical mistakes i know so i access for this christmas as the above but i have the manuscript. it's so dark posts are very personalized messages
visible only to the person for whom they are intended how does that work exactly let's go back to mr x. analysis of his online data i can determine whether or not he's in favor of carrying firearms a message can then be created targeting him did you know that hillary clinton wants to take your gun away. he'll receive this message in his facebook news feed at a specific time porting to his happen and digital fingerprints. no one but him will see the targeted ads and it will disappear a few hours later. as no record of them you've got no way of investigating that you have no idea who saw what and this is democracy taking place in darkness it's not democracy if you're going to have a political debate have you out in the open you know who is arguing what and here
is being told what and the idea of just sort of like sneakily targeting people with who know what's on their phones and on their computer and with anything to make you think they could have been saying anything we'll never know because that's gone when it's on facebook said it's is interesting thanks but they're not giving up. this digital strategy for the trump campaign was focused on the last few weeks. on november the eighth twenty sixteen against all odds trump took wisconsin by twenty three thousand votes michigan by eleven thousand and pennsylvania by forty three thousand. in total seventy seven thousand votes in these three key states kerry trying to victory when he was three million votes behind over the entire country. the digital targeting strategy had proved effective we can see that approximately
seventy thousand voters made the decision for everyone else because they were the ones in the districts that ended up deciding where they think this highlights as well our electoral college system is a vulnerability that if software and data allows the most important voters to be easily. found it and. diminishing the vote of everyone else effectively. politics and democracy was the next industry to fall we knew that technology interrupted newspapers. and music and it was like actually harry is we've been talking all this time about how great you know technology is it . for the next disruptive technology and i was like this is technology disrupting politics and and it's not just politics it's democracy and donald trump
is the great disrupt. after trump's election when two former employees of cambridge analytic claim that the front collected the data of tens of millions of facebook users. collection was done in violation of privacy policies. christopher wiley was the first whistleblower he's the former director of research at cambridge analytics. britney kaiser the former business development director was the second. on march the twentieth twenty eighteen c.e.o. of cambridge alexander nix was suspended after secret recordings were broadcast off next boasting if using fake news campaigns and honey traps to affect election campaigns globally. on may the second twenty eighteen s e l group announced that it was filing for insolvency and closing all of its operations including its
subsidiary cambridge analytical. cambridge analytical stated that it has been vilified for activities that are legal and widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arena. however the acceptance of this digital strategy continues to be challenged as the manipulation of public opinion becomes clearer. donald trump's campaign strategy exposed democracy to new threats however it also drew more attention to data technologies role in politics around the globe. unless there were a significant change in privacy policies personal online data continued to be used to destroy politics all over the world.
hello again we're here across united states as we can it is going to be quite messy anywhere from the central plains all the way to the northeast and that is all due to a system that is developing right now and that is making its way towards the east take a look at your forecast map here on saturday heavy snow to the north a lot of rain down here across parts of the southeast and we could be seeing some thunderstorms there but we could also be seeing some near blizzard conditions particularly where we see these winds very very quick across much of that area that
storm makes its way towards the northeast not only affecting united states perfect in the southern portions of ontario as well as into québec temperatures are going to be dropping behind the system you can see toronto minus thirteen degrees there new york it's going to be about three but very windy conditions it's going to bring the wind chill down across much of the region here towards the west we do have another system coming in from the pacific that is going to bring some rain as well as more snow to the higher elevations well here across the caribbean not looking too bad but that same weather system that we were talking about in the united states is going to come down across the gulf and we do expect to see some change in the temperatures here across the yucatan as a pushes through for advantage though on sunday we're going to be seeing some sharp showers there with attempted there about twenty eight degrees no he too bad for nasa twenty five in a beautiful day over here toward center domingo with attempt a few of about twenty eight degrees there. to be a child is to be innocent and carefree but it comes to an abrupt end with the burden
of young children. with a mother behind bars full siblings must spend for each other and decide whether to stick together. with the family in the hope of a chance across the us mexico border the other side of the witness documentary al-jazeera. this is al-jazeera. hello i'm the star and this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next sixty minutes. hopes of a turning point for peace ahead of
a second summit but between kim jong un and donald trump. this is a sad day for america in the american justice system the family of a black teenager sought dead by a police officer reacts to his tales of sixty years and nine months. israeli forces fired tear gas at medics during palestinian protests at the border with gaza plus. i'm andrew thomas in the pacific island country ivanna walty where trials are under way to deliver lifesaving vaccines. growing. the nuclear threat hangs over a second summit between donald trump and kim jong un the u.s. president and north korea's leader will meet next month as a location still to be. confirmed the announcement comes just a day off for a pentagon report said pyongyang still poses an extraordinary threat fans for the
second round of talks were laid out with north korea's top nuclear negotiator kim young during his visit to washington d.c. he met with trump and secretary of state mike pompei on friday after the fest summits in singapore seven months ago trump declared the nuclear threat from north korea was over but negotiations over denuclearization have since told there have been disagreements about security guarantees and u.s. sanctions had to callahan reports from washington d.c. . this mild for the cameras quickly and then got back to the top u.s. secretary of state mike pompei o a north korean negotiator kim young then went off to the white house behind closed doors a ninety minute meeting with president donald trump the white house claimed progress the united states is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on north korea until we see fully and verify denuclearization we've had very good steps in good faith from the north koreans in releasing the hostages and other
moves and so we're going to continue those conversations and the president looks forward to next his next made to the white house says that will be to get to be disclosed location at the end of february the state department announced the discussions continued for hours after secretary pompei o treated the north korean delegation to lunch at their d.c. hoto the last time the two leaders met the president declared the problem solved north korea would do nuclearize but since then satellite images show work continues on their missile delivery sites but the white house says the focus should be on what the north hasn't done test any new nukes or missiles the problem wasn't solved after the first summit so now it appears the two sides will try again and soon. washington. well south korea says the summit would hopefully be a turning point for peace on the korean peninsula florence three is following those reactions and joins us now live from seoul florence not much has been achieved since the singapore summit so in a sense there's
a lot of pressure on this second summit to produce something a little more tangible. absolutely i mean apart from the comments that we've heard from the south korean government we've also had the u.n. chief saying on friday that it's high time they go share between north korea and the u.s. on denuclearization start again seriously and that it produce a road map that's clearly defined towards denuclearization now as we know the first summit produced nothing more than a vague commitment by north korea that it would work towards denuclearization and since then we've not seen any concrete steps taken by north korea as we saw in that report by protocol hane the u.s. missile defense review still considered north korea and ongoing an extraordinary threat so yes there is pressure on this second summit to produce something what exactly we're not really sure because there isn't really a specific agenda yet that's been announced but it is absolutely a lot is riding there's a lot of hope riding on this second summit but essentially we still have to
remember that the second summit has been announced despite clear differences between the u.s. and north korea on what denuclearization really means now to the u.s. denuclearization means that north korea has to get rid of its nuclear arsenal and that this be verified before the u.s. removes sanctions but to north korea this is something that should happen in phases so perhaps it gets rid of part or parts of its nuclear arsenal and then it gets something in return perhaps humanitarian aid perhaps a lifting of some sanctions perhaps a declaration to the end of the korean war now if this summit were to take place north korea could perhaps be seeking to get a clearer message from the trumpet ministration on what sort of concessions the administration could give north korea that's according to some analysts as for the u.s. the upcoming second summit could be an opportunity for the u.s. to get a detailed inventory of north korea's nuclear and missile assets but you're absolutely
right there's a lot of pressure riding on these two needed to produce something tangible from this upcoming summit al-jazeera is florence very speaking to us there from cell thank you florence. well eric gomes is a defense and foreign policy analyst at the cato institute he says the upcoming meeting is likely to be more successful than the singapore summit i think that will be a top priority for the united states going into the summit is trying to get a more concrete roadmap with certain. thresholds or certain actions that we can see the north koreans doing i think access to north korean nuclear sites will also be another top priority to make sure that we verify that they're doing what they say they're doing again the inner korean peace process could offer a potentially welcome example here with a military that was reached between the two koreas back at near the end of twenty eighteen when. and the north koreans in the south koreans agreed to very specific
steps to reduce military confrontation and to build confidence with one another and north korea and south korea have both followed through on the promises that they made there so if you can get specific details on paper the north koreans might be willing to follow through we just have to do the negotiations and get them on paper in the u.s. a white police officer has been sentenced to a she one months in prison for murdering a black teenager in a case with spock to mass protest against police brutality jason vandyke sought to climb mcdonald sixteen times four years ago the seventeen year old was carrying a knife down a chicago street when he was killed vandyke has been facing a maximum of ninety six he is in prison. this man has clearly committed murder and the murder in which he committed have been shown all over the world everyone in the civil and conscious mind knows that this is murder and the reality of it is we have to do something legislatively to change this we must begin the process to do
something legislatively to change this so that police officers that commit the kinds of crimes that jason van dyke has done and the three of also us will be convicted properly for the crimes in which they come which they are committed just like any other citizen in the state of illinois or in this country. al-jazeera as john hendren has more from the courthouse in chicago. in chicago it was the trial of the half century it has been more than fifty years since a chicago police officer was convicted of murder no one really knew what the sentence would be but the range was broad all the way from probation to ninety six years in prison in the end the final sentence levied by the judge was six years and nine months far more than defended a dope for but far less than the family of the victim had asked for and now authorities hope that that will be enough to keep peace in the streets of chicago
the defendant jason van dyke stood up said it was hard to take a life and that he would have to live with that for the rest of his life and there was testimony from many members of his family but this was a case that it galvanized the black lives matter movement and a lot of community activists in the city of chicago where they complained far too many young black men or killed by police officers but it was so a complicated case in which to look on macdonald was shown in police dash cam video holding a knife walking away from police is jason van dyke shot him sixteen times and in the end the judge decided that he simply posed no threat to the police officer. craig and then as a professor at the the investor of chicago's north school he is also the director of the civil rights and police accountability project and he joins us now via skype craig's been very vocal about the need for change within chicago's police department's failure does this sentence represent a move towards accountability. no.
i'm still feeling it right now and i am honestly it's painful at a very personal level i think the primary message the. we take from this is the black lives don't matter as much as white ones and especially not in the criminal system here in chicago in the us. the irony i think is our collective ability to see the humanity in this white police officer but yet at the same time not to see the same humanity in the countless black folks who've been convicted of violent crime i can't help but reflect upon like hundreds of trials that i've seen or participated in that involve young black men accused of crimes in which observers in the media fail to see their humanity but instead see them as a violent criminal and you know i'm not a fan of prison for anyone and i believe in mercy i believe in empathy and the
possibility of rehabilitation but this truly is a case that justifies prison and serious prison time the murder of the clown macdonald was not an accident it was an execution of a child and not by another child but by a chicago police officer is supposed to keep them safe if anything it's of critically important that police officers are held to a higher standard and craig how is the community and sikandar been reacting to tonight's sentencing a crime the don family clearly doesn't feel it's hot enough. people are upset heard in in pain. and at the same point and i think that and this is really important that a. wall many can't contend or push away the pain that we feel over by what just happened and not just today but over the past couple days but also people haven't forgotten how we've gotten here that jason bend as the intro noted
you know it's been more than fifty years since a police officer nandu chicago police officer of service ever been charged with murder and actually this is the first time in chicago history that an on duty chicago police officer has ever been charged with the killing of an african american man woman or child ever and this never would have happened if people from the communities have been most impacted by police abuse didn't fight to force the city to actually release that video and then to use that video to force all of us to to reckon with the reality of systemic police abuse. and unequal justice i mean and the voices of young black folks in chicago been felt throughout the world so right now i think there's also while while there's pain. this is we haven't forgotten that this isn't a story moment that we're on the verge of a what's called a consent decree to address.