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ted division has been in politics for forty years for him it would be a mistake to think that fake news has no impact on american alec torro behavior here's what's happening in our politics people are consuming information entirely different ways that we used to you know when i started doing presidential campaigns when jimmy carter you know has an office i mean we turn on the news at six thirty at night and we'd watch three networks at once and that was the way america essentially consume news now there is a constant flood of information both on television in the cable environment and particularly online you know that that online consumption of information is having a real effect on things because what's happening is the legitimate media is being supplanted by you know this fake news where people get information which sounds like it's real and true but has no basis in fact and in fact much of it is just made up and delivered you know by people who are attempting to you know affect the
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outcome in elections by introducing false narrative and information into the flow of information so you know so yeah i think it does have a real impact. like of regard for the truth became more apparent than in any other us presidential campaign. according to politico fact an independent fact checking websites only four percent of donald trump statements during the campaign were true false information was constantly circulating in fact it became self-propagating you have to look at our media landscape and how americans get their news nowadays conservatives get their news only from fox news or alternative sites like breitbart so that's the only news they see and they view the manged what they call the liberal media the mainstream media with distrust and they don't believe the kind of c.n.n. new york times. washington post so they are only getting their news or large most
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of their news from very slanted sources and so. what trump will say trump picks up his information from the same news sources these voters hear something conspiracy theory and breitbart news or something on fox trump here is a two says it and the voters i feel i've heard different on the news and i heard that from president trump so he must be telling the truth if they're in a silo and it's really hard to break out silos so it's a self reinforcing cycle of mr. it became more difficult to discern fact from fiction and the traditional press was brushed aside sort of a way that these campaigns have you know traditionally been covered and. and that model of campaign coverage was not sort of created with donald trump in my hands trumps disregard for making true statements is something that a lot of reporters have had trouble dealing with as we're not used to it we're not
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used to politicians or press people just sort of straight out lying the mainstream media is disrupted and because the mainstream media is disrupted truth is disrupted and if the truth is disrupted you can just spread your advantage that. i didn't know that corruption has reached a level like never ever before in our country. eighty three eighty three will serve boulevard and address among the most prestigious offices in los angeles behind these windows at number one thousand or a few companies that would seem to have no connection. the first is brit regarded as a platform for the so-called right. the second is going to ring steel it's a small audio visual production company and these companies are linked to a billionaire who's rarely in the public eye. his name robert mercer.
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he is co c.e.o. of a hedge fund firm renaissance technologies whose ranks has been climbing since one nine hundred ninety three. carol cadwallader has been investigating this computer engineer turned billionaire robot is he is an absolutely brilliant scientist. really pioneering work. in the sixty's and in the field of natural language processing which is the base of. basically and he was royce at the start of it and working out how to do my machine translation between languages so that google translates which we use all the time. descendant of the work that he did you know he is without doubt one of the brilliant computer engineers of his generation
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and he was just an ordinary middle class guy doing a professional job and he got an offer from renascence technologies this hedge fund . for them and he did. it was in the early ninety's that robert mercer left i.b.m. to work for run a song technologies. there he applied his methods of calculation on the stock exchange in order to predict its fluctuations. at technologies he pioneered. algorithmic trading which now is you know massive deal written source is something which still remains a big secret about hard to make profit in markets but the origin of it is in applying a. computer techniques to the data without worrying about fear of where the economy
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is going or what are the actual meaning of instruments or trading if you're buying wheat. or if you're buying a car company. you don't really care that it's a car company or that it's wheat you just look at the performance of these futures or these stocks and the key thing was to view this just as a set of numbers by applying his mathematical tools robert mercer revolutionized renaissance technologies investment methods making it the world's most profitable fund into this. mess it became very rich source because the performance of the fund which he had his own money and. was extraordinary i mean if it goes up thirty percent thirty five percent every year then pretty quickly you become very rich.
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robert mercer is known to be very private he almost never speaks publicly. even google has a difficult time producing photos of the few that exist are always the same. there is also a poor quality video a public speech in twenty fourteen during a ceremony in his honor. i. found out after i sure i'll accept this award that i would have to make it all right some topic or other for an hour now which by the way. is more than i typically talk and in a month. robert mercer might have quietly enjoyed his new fortune but he decided to invest in politics. he's been recognized as one of the most generous republican donors since twenty ten. merce's donations appear to be motivated by his own special interests.
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the political system in america is so broken right now because of the special interest money which floods campaigns i mean what happens is when the special interests have an agenda or if you're annoyed company for example and you'd like to continue you know drilling for fossil fuel you know or your polluter and you want to make sure you can continue to pollute you go in and you support politicians who believe in your agenda politicians who will say for example that you know climate change is not happening because of manmade activities you know they will they will promote that publicly because that protects the special interests who fund their campaigns. robert mercer set up his own foundation. the mercer family foundation. headed by his daughter rebecca. but what exactly are these special interests
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he's protecting. it's hard to say since robert mercer never expresses his opinions publicly in a way you'll never know what's going on in robert nurse's brains i just look that for what is funding a little money that way and i think back on a bill for the page. to understand the ideas that robert mercer wants to promote we can look at where he's been spending we can do so with tax documents declarations of the foundation's fiscal allocations for the years twenty twelve to twenty fifteen mercer financed a number of institutes and lobbies among them the heritage foundation which fights taxes and economic regulation one point five million dollars the media research center which fights leftist media bias twelve million dollars the government accountability institute which tracks government corruption and publishes books
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against hillary clinton three point seven million dollars the heartland institute which defends climate change skeptics two point eight million dollars. in new york he even paid for an ad denouncing the construction of a mosque near ground zero in just two years robert mercer became one of the ten most influential billionaires in politics according to the washington post's. in twenty eleven breitbart news the right wing online newspaper was in financial difficulty. mercer saw an opportunity and he invested ten million dollars in the web site. the executive chairman of breitbart was a prominent figure closely linked to trump's campaign stephen bannon. a former goldman sachs trader he became a hollywood producer in the late one nine hundred ninety s.
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he wanted to make films and t.v. series to. motes his ultra conservative political views. mercer in bandon are very closely associated and by mercer associating himself with somebody like steve better that maybe that may be a clue to his interpret vs personal views. in a few months abandon made breitbart an outlet dedicated to reactionary ideas. you see that with the breitbart publications over the course of many years it was someone like bannon who just proclaims this publicly that they're going to take on these as situations and they're going to try to deconstruct the government of the united states to pursue the agenda that they have which is to you know fundamentally change this nation and turn it into you know a place where people experience a level of division that i don't think we've seen since you know going back to the
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civil war. robert mercer had built a political media network. to promote his ideas he was only missing one thing i can did it. in twenty fifteen he began by supporting texas senator ted cruz a figurehead of the american far right. but after donald trump's surprise victory in the republican primaries he placed his bet on trump. robert mercer created a pro trump political action committee called make america number one endowed with fifteen million dollars his role in trump's campaign quickly expanded. in july twenty sixth seen a dinner was held in a hotel in new york. it brings together among others rebecca robert mercer's daughter and donald trump the dinner resulted in key campaign changes.
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trump's campaign manager was replaced. the chair of making america number one rebecca mercer whose family also fund the super pac. was able to influence the trump campaign to hire stephen bannon as campaign c.e.o. . steve benen became donald trump's campaign director. kellyanne conway who headed the mercer political action committee for ted cruz became number two. david bossie a mercer family stalwart became number three. robert mercer has assembled team was in place. bannon basi and conaway would from this point forward steer the republican candidate strategy. when the merc versus decide to support a candidate they expect the candidate to be responsive to their needs both in terms of how the candidate runs their campaign it also also after if the kid is
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successful and there are and they are elected as an office holder it's reasonable to presume that the mercers expect that the office holder will be responsive to the mercer's needs needs as well and their policy preferences. robert mercer his plan was proving to be successful. but a mistake was made that made steve bannon's role controversial. here is what was discovered by looking at donald trump's official campaign books each of these lines corresponds to an expense during his five month tenure there was no trace of payments for steve benen. but when we look at the payments made by robert mercer his political action committee one name appears several times. glittering steele a video production company. in total the company received three hundred two
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thousand five hundred dollars from the committee in five months the company is run by steve benen. that would mean that his work for trump's official campaign might have been paid via glittering steel which would be illegal campaign financing . the campaign legal center decided to file a complaint. and . steve bannon faced a fine and an investigation by the justice department. we believe or we think it's possible that the super pac make america number one was subsidizing stephen bannon's work for the trump campaign by making payments abandon through glittering steel at all see this consulting firms last movie production
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company located in california at the same address as and its own consulting firm. glittering steel and breitbart are not the only companies tied to the trump campaign eighty three eighty three will serve boulevard in los angeles also hosts cambridge analytics a company that came under the spotlight for its influence in politics around the globe. cambridge analytic claim to have revolutionary data modeling techniques that can change political campaigning. it was a subsidiary of an english firm and its role in donald trump's campaign is regarded as manipulation of public opinion. in search of a safer neighborhood it was a huge it'll make him in our house and took all our stuff being
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a man who can't put my family in the hole that they deserve that's a problem for me struggling to secure a home through a really quite of our military. that is all we don't we could potentially lose the house and living paycheck to paycheck there's nobody to blame i live with the consequences every day of the choices that have been hard. on al-jazeera. the big breaking news story can be chaotic and frantic behind the scenes. people shouting instructions and if you're trying to provide the best most accurate up to date information as quickly as you can. it's when you come off on things seemed to realize even witness history in the making. portrayed someone of the. sixty's seen through the eyes of those who know it best
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they see. it if you. al-jazeera world goes on the road with palestinian taxi drivers living and working at the heart of one of the most hockey contested locations. jerusalem is a palestinian cabbies on al-jazeera. and i'm down in jordan in doha with the top stories here on the al-jazeera the runner up in the democratic republic of congo's presidential election margin for units has called for nationwide protests initiated she said she don't critics i. thought was the constitutional court declaring phoenix
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attorney the winner dismissing all opposition challenges to his victory a government spokesman says the court ruling has been noted and that she will be inaugurated on tuesday but so you know has appealed to the international community to reject the results you demand that are you. i consider myself the only legitimate president of the democratic republic of congo i call on the congolese people not to recognize someone who would take on that role illegitimately nor to obey the orders coming from him. the u.s. president has offered a concession to break the deadlock over the partial government shutdown donald trump is offering temper protections to some immigrants in return for money for his border wall the democrats rejected his offer calling it more hostage taking. this is a common sense compromise both parties should embrace the radical left can never control our borders i will never let it happen walls are not immoral in
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fact they are the opposite of immoral because they will save many lives and stop drugs from pouring into our country the saudi u.a.e. coalition has launched a series of air strikes in yemen capital sana'a huth the military base and drone facility were targeted it's the first time the coalition has carried out airstrikes on the capital since yemen's warring sides met the un but since we last month the u.s. military says it's killed fifty two fighters in an air strike in somalia the strike in the middle juba region was in response to an attack by the group on a somali military base at least a hundred seventeen refugees are feared drowned after the overloaded boat capsized in the mediterranean sea the group many from west africa was in a rubber dinghy that sank of the libyan coast and the death toll from mexico's oil pipeline explosion has risen to seventy three dozens of people are still missing
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people are gathering fuel from a legal tap when the blast happened well those are the headlines the news continues here on al-jazeera after unfair games that you've done so much better. the election of the forty fifth president of the united states raised ethical and potentially legal questions. the possibility to undermine basic democratic principles has significantly increased. there will be no lies we will honor the american people with it truth and nothing else. the headquarters of a firm little known to the general public called s.c.l. group strategic communication laboratories is located in the heart of london.
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in these offices of data scientists compiled and analyzed terabytes of personal information. their objective was to determine what motivates human behavior in order to influence a. they specialize in psyops. which is. a military term psychological operations it's a whole discipline it's an academic subject it can be used in different ways. the vermin is very clear about it services on its. clients include nato the british ministry of defense the n.s.a. and the u.s. state department. s c l has helped identify key leaders in afghanistan
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facilitating u.s. intervention. it's also organized communications for vaccination campaign in ghana. but the company's practices remain questionable. it's a way of not cheap people that's the working towards better outcomes for them but it also can be used to manipulate people without being aware and it can and has been used by authoritarian regimes. the company organized protests in nigeria in two thousand and seven to influence the elections. s e l also intervene during an election on the island of st vincent in the caribbean. as. a different example it is not just on his own what it meant to have he just really moved it
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clear program of occlusion a stance pretty discouraged of candidate the survey can have a problem because of the clinton four hundred two but for a player that has. ensured. c.l. sets up ultra targeted influenced strategies. the advent of the web and the vast amount of data circulating created an entirely new dimension of business. in order to extend their market s.c.l. group created a new subsidiary in the u.s. cambridge analytical tech seven i wanted to suggest that the structure just doesn't tick that it is it does only it was it has a new temperature and it's a tough think you've hit on all and i'm so just. to create cambridge analytics partnered with the american billionaire robert mercer a mathematician specialized in data. steve
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bannon served as vice president of the firm. from the outset the objective was clear nothing less than a revolution in the election campaign process despite multiple interview requests cambridge analytical has refused to speak with us. but it's possible to understand the work they did by simply watching their advertisements political campaigns have changed they're no longer about running the most t.v. spots sending out the most direct mail or spending the most money they're about who spends the smartest money in today's political world what campaigns are getting more expensive in elections are won by small but crucial numbers of votes putting the right message in front of the right person at the right moment is more important than ever this is where cambridge analytical in our revolutionary data modeling techniques can help. it sounds like
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a more logical approach to campaign strategizing however the reality is more complex and above all much murkier than cambridge and in that it was willing to admit it's. since coming to the. united states the firm embarked on an unprecedented operation to compile data on the american population without its knowledge here's how it works. imagine that inside this car is mr x. like anyone he leaves thousands of pieces of personal information on the internet his address age income hobbies purchases religion and whether or not he owns a gun. cambridge and a little legally bought this data from credit companies banks social security and web giants like facebook google and twitter. in total the
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firm claim to possess about four to five thousand pieces of data for over two hundred thirty million adults living in the united states. this is how they plan to use its traditional political campaigns use geography and demographics like age and gender to break down voters into target groups this can work up to a point but it misses the important personal details that really drive voter behavior we combine geographic and demographic information with up to five thousand data points of national political consumer and lifestyle behavior for every voter in the united states then we add a unique extra layer of data about personality decision making and motivation. this creates an unparalleled rich and detailed view of voters in the issues they care about so you know exactly who to target with exactly what type of message we call this behavioral micro targeting our team of data scientists psychologists and
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campaign experts can show you which individual voters you need to win over in order to secure victory. the idea is to give people psychological tests and then compare the results with the in from. and they already have on them to know what motivates them and thus influence their vote it's a technique that existed before cambridge analytical one of its inventors teaches psychometrics at stanford university california his name is michelle kosinski metrics is basically a science of psychological measurement so basically have not is that instead of using question to ask you about your thoughts feelings experiences and past behavior such as are you well organized person you can basically look at your digital footprints and see what are you in funds i well organized person in real life. tests to determine
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a person's psychological traits are cold ocean tests they measure personality based on five criteria. openness conscientiousness extroversion agreeableness and neuroticism. it's done with seemingly innocuous questionnaires that can be completed online like these. in two thousand and eight said michelle kosinski created the most famous of these tasks on facebook called my personality a questionnaire to learn more about yourself. became really popular we had over six million people to take the question there and a large fraction of these people also donated their facebook profile information to us and from this information you can use. algorithms to transform this
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information into a very detailed and very i curate intimate profiles so as a result michelle kosinski hospital largest psychometric database in the world. a database he can cross-reference with the facebook profiles of the six million people who respond it's. so basic you can ten your facebook likes into an actor it's a prediction of your political views religious views your personality intelligence happiness sexual intake or even whether your parents were divorced or not people often ask me how accurate those algorithms are at predicting our intimate traits and i think that a great example comes from our recent study where we have compared the curacy of algorithms with a curiosity of other people so what we did we took friends and family members of our participants and we asked these friends and family members to feel in
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personality question 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 your 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 one 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 footprints 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
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psychological tests is shockingly accurate. david garrow 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 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 the zip code
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down to you know all of my address it's connected it to census information and it's connected to all the different kinds of elections so u.s. 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're 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. artisanship my underage mr 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
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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 little car would offer its services to candid donald trump. by late june twenty sixth seen the partnership with a done deal. on july the twenty ninth the first payment was sent to the company you can find it's 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 for donald trump
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funded by robert mercer paid cambridge analytic top five million dollars between november twenty fifth and november twenty sixth. 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 beat some camp which includes 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 has knowledge of the electorate trumps advisors devise the highly targeted strategy based on the particularities. of the u.s. voting system. in the united states the president is not elected directly by the
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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 the state. 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
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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 robert to target only the tens of thousands but 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 in. the money and i think this idea of using data and the potential manipulation through a platform. is that you know just enough to give you that edge that then you can
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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 other words 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.
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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 bashed his book. massage. and book readers from determine where it christmas search for certain movies you said populace wanna listen about but it's all of. those i can't expect a house or a dish to decline the depth of but only under yourself is a book i make them as such but also when they get if look canada make critical mistakes i know so i thought as for this christmas as the above but i had the
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manuscript it. is 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
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not democracy if you're going to have a political debate have you out in the open 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 what is on facebook said 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.
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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 we've been talking all this time about how great you know technology is it. the next disruptive technology and i was like this is technology disrupting
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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 at 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
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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 as. however the acceptance of this digital strategy continues to be challenged as the manipulation of public opinion becomes clearer. donald trump's campaign strategy expose democracy to new threats however it also drew more attention to data technology's role in politics around the globe. unless there were a significant change in privacy policies personal online data can continue to be
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used to disrupt politics all over the world. a colleague must much the same as now being held in pretrial detention for two years what is his crime. why hasn't he been tried yet why hasn't justice been applied in this case is he the ten because he said journalists as journalism become a crime have moles become a tool to silence voices of truth we will continue our news coverage with professionalism and impartiality our work will remain credible and accurate but journalism is not a crime incarcerating journalists is not acceptable we demand the immediate release of all colleague mahmoud to say and all journalists attained in a gyptian jails free mahmoud's and all his colleagues we stand for press freedom.
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hell are we seeing the van to get really hammered by winter but the next few days i think it's going to be all action further east this remaining cloud which is wrapped around the low hazy the eastern side of the caspian that's where the action is so you've got snow to fall in afghanistan and beyond that it looks like the snow for too many stan and kazakhstan will dry up as i may get to sunday surprisingly so it's the high ground for the research where you find something happening absolute violent fine looking weather seventeen in beirut only fourteen in baghdad and maybe increasing class by the time we go from sunday into monday as turkey gives the brunt of all the rain over the flooded areas but i don't think we'll see very much come for the reason lebanon all through syria or iraq that looks like a mostly cloudy picture it'll kick up the dust again but probably no more than that
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temperatures have not yet recovered twenty degrees but they're trying to about time get to monday otherwise a pretty dry picture the wind not overly storm a weakening. the active as it should be which weather further society showing itself as something trying to form in the mozambique channel it might form as a tropical low to no more than that but it will in house the rain in sudden mozambique madagascar but possibly nowhere else. talk to al-jazeera. you personally one of the main beneficiaries is that the case we listen for you want to be a limitation of it indeed all that's what exactly my point we meet with global newsmakers and talk about the stories that matter.
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al-jazeera. where ever you are. on this week's counting the cost the prime minister's briggs's deal is rejected as britain pulls towards a messy exit why zimbabwe's government wants people to buy less fuel plus classy models can't moscow make those worries about the trade. counting the cost on al-jazeera. the runner up in the democratic republic of congo's presidential election calls the nationwide protests off the top court declared his rival the winner. hello i'm down jordan this is al jazeera live from doha also coming up president
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donald trump offers a compromise to end the government shutdown but democrats say it's not good enough . serbia's winter of discontent antigovernment protests spread beyond the capitol plus. i'm wayne hay reporting from cambodia where we'll tell you why china is transforming skylines here and backing a government that's becoming increasingly isolated by the west. the runner up in the democratic republic of congo's presidential election martina for you know has called for nationwide protests. critics. except. it comes after the constitutional court confirmed felix just as the winner of last month's poll rejecting claims of election rigging a government spokesman says that she's set to be inaugurated on tuesday but for you
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know has declared himself the country's only legitimate president has appealed to the international community not to recognize just as the country's leader. are you . i consider myself the only legitimate president of the democratic republic of congo i call on the congolese people not to recognize someone who would take on that role illegitimately nor to obey the orders coming from him. so here's a closer look at the results as rule by the top court phoenix just a kid he was declared the winner with thirty eight percent of the votes announced by the electoral commission opposition leader martin for you know was close behind with thirty four percent and former president joseph kabila his preferred candidate among the dari came in served with twenty four percent of the votes to be the miller has updates from the capital kinshasa. a few hundred. in. breaking. the constitutional court that the
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election result recognizing. the new president of the democratic republic of congo people yes they. very much about an independent democratic republic of congo and that nobody should interfere in the institutions in this country in a democratic what they consider to be the democratic results that come out in the last couple of hours now we do know and we've heard from our martin the opposition who led large the claim with the constitutional court challenging the electoral commission the result here doesn't recognize what the constitutional court considers himself a legitimate we know of that election he should be president of. focus not just how much of an impact was. done known especially given that there is a significant support to security but. supporting the northwestern part of the
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country. and there are going around these protests that is what might happen in the coming days. around potential violent african union hired wanted by level delegation the they are they wanted to help with the r.c. what he considered to be a political many people that know. well i'm not modeling i have any. meaningful hearing look they make that. leap but the average leaning back in the political fight they are going down for me to do it i mean about one mile out there all of the remaining will. go. to syria now where there are reports of an explosion according to state t.v. it happened in the capital damascus let's get more now from osama than j.d. is live in gaza that's on the turkey syria border and
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a somewhat more details emerging about this explosion near damascus. there and from what we're hearing this explosion happened on the entrance of the mascot's on a busy roundabout at a checkpoint according to initial reports it was a car bomb which targeted these government soldiers it is worth noting that the city of damascus the syrian capital has been relatively calm for the last few months there are also reports that the syrian government was actually considering that it would remove checkpoint from within the city because the situation has been under control of the syrian government has pushed out rebels from the outskirts of damascus and really there's only one place in the north where there is a stronghold of rebels that is left otherwise all of the areas surrounding damascus and other major town centers have been taken by the syrian government so it is one of those explosions which was the least expected increase from the syrian government side and according to initial reports we're hearing from city officials state media there are
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a number of casualties in this car bomb explodes and some of there are reports of intensified air strikes in the province what more can you tell us. yes that is the northern stronghold the only place where rebels are still remaining this is the part of syria where there were concerns early on last year that there is an impending offensive with the syrian government building on its own can. success against the rebels will go in and capture this area this is an area which is home to not just a million people or million people who are indigenous to there but also about two and a half million who have moved to. various displacement deals with the government where people living in opposition areas were moved to adlib so yes this is a part of syria the only remaining part of syria where rebels are still present now that the situation is changing with the there is an eminent deal with troop pullout and everyone when they go back to the negotiating table table this is
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a cycle of events which happens in syria that the government and its allies intensify their attacks try and gain as much ground as possible before they reach the negotiating table so this could be one of those tactics but syrian government and russian airstrikes that targeting the various were relatively calm there were artillery shells which were targeting these areas in moderate the no man just for sure in the south this country side of it but now these airstrikes seems to seem to have resumed and we hearing reports there have been a few people who've been killed in these attacks as well as some are thank you to saudi u.a.e. coalition has launched a series of air strikes in yemen's capital sana'a hoofy military base and drone facility were targeted it's the first time the coalition has carried out air strikes in the capital since yemen's warring sides met for un back talks in sweden last month. the u.s. president has promised temporary protection to some undocumented immigrants in the latest effort to end the longest government shutdown in american history the
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democrats have already dismissed donald trump's compromise deal involving so-called dreamers as one sided as more from washington. with the government shutdown dragging toward the one month mark president trump offered democrats a deal give him five point seven billion dollars for his border wall and he'll lift the threat of deportation for a million undocumented immigrants number one is three years of legislative relief for seven hundred thousand dokken recipients secondly our proposal provides a three year extension of temporary protected status or t.p.s. . the immigrants tromp referred to our young people brought to the u.s. illegally by their parents as children known collectively as the dreamers and non-citizens from countries hit by natural disasters who had been permitted to live in the u.s.
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both groups were stripped of legal protections by trump but court rulings have so far prevented the government from deporting them it was an offer trumps democratic opposition could and swiftly did refuse house speaker nancy pelosi issued a statement saying quote it is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the house and taken together they are a nonstarter she repeated the democrats arguments that the wall would be ineffective if the senate senate democratic leader chuck schumer said trump was treating the dreamers a very like hostages trump described hardships faced by migrants and a flood of drugs coming into the u.s. drugs kill seventy eight thousand americans a year and cost our society in excess of seven hundred billion dollars critics point out that most of those drugs are smuggled through legal points of entry and that a wall would have little effect on stopping traffickers. what happens next the republican
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controlled senate will take up trumps proposals and almost certainly pass a bill incorporating them and restoring funds to end the shutdown that bill will then go to the democratic controlled house where pressure to pass it may become intense you can just peel away twenty twenty five democrats who want the government open and are not so adamant against the wall to carry the day even if the government even if the democratic leadership remain opposed to the war a possible grounds for compromise palosi said there needs to be a permanent solution for dreamers and t.p.s. recipients not just a three year reprieve if both sides start bargaining again the longest ever government shutdown could be brought to an end rob reynolds al jazeera washington dozens of people are still missing off from oil pipeline explosion in mexico which
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killed seventy three people they were gathering fuel from an illegal when the blast happened on friday in the state of the delgo north of mexico city it's one of the deadliest incidents to hit the country's troubled oil infrastructure in the is more protests are expected in sudan despite a crackdown by government forces demonstrators are planning to hold a march to the parliament well this was the scene in the northern region of my house on saturday and it just chanted slogans calling on president bashir to step down what began as an outcry over the rising cost of bread has turned into the biggest challenge. is twenty nine year rule several people have been killed in the past few weeks but a doctor was among those who died during those protests even morgan was at his funeral in the capital costs of. i'm here at the funeral rights of dr by baker who was shot on the seventeenth of january. so say thank you to go with that i had witnessed his killing all the things he came over the course of the recent past for
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that he was on guard and said that he was a doctor who was trying to treat injured four testers people who were there said that the security forces went through two steps back and shot him point blank called the execution now people have been present all wanted for the past one month they say they want to step down i think it was the message he was going to do the government says at least twenty five people have been killed since the protests began but the bright spots of activists say the numbers of these doubled that people are saying they will continue to protest that force us to find in the coming days people to something to demonstrate to show the president that they don't want him to continue. to say that once and that now and again so let's have a president of the right there with the folks there how far do you think of her where we today both sides are very determined to make sure that there would be one is a changed man.

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