Unbelievable story.. but true nonetheless!
February 4, 2019
Before reading the recent article below, it is worth (re) reading this excerpt from the “Written Statement to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary in the Matter of Cambridge Analytica and other related issues” by Christopher Wylie 16 May 2018 “The Russian-American researcher Dr Aleksandr Kogan was selected to lead the data harvesting operation, as he offered the use of Facebook apps which he had developed in his academic role to collect personal data about Facebook users and their friends…. At the time, Dr Kogan was also working on Russian state-funded research projects.
He was based at times in St Petersburg and also would fly to Moscow. The Russian team at St Petersburg was also building similar algorithms using Facebook data for psychological profiling. The Russian project had a particular focus on the “dark triad” traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. The Russian project also conducted behavioural research on online trolling. 31. It should be noted that CA was very much aware of this work going on in Russia and in fact sought to pitch “the interesting work Alex Kogan has been doing for the Russians” to its other clients. 32. Contemporaneous to Dr Kogan’s data profiling work in Russia, CA was also in close contact with senior executives at Lukoil, one of Russia’s largest oil companies.
After receiving a request for information from Lukoil executives in the spring of 2014, CA discussed with Lukoil its experience with foreign disinformation, rumour campaigns, microtargeting and its American data assets. Mr Nix also emailed me to say that he was passing on a white paper I wrote outlining the US project to the CEO of Lukoil. 33. It should be noted that Lukoil has formal information sharing agreements with the Russian Federal Security Service (“FSB”) and is known to conduct intelligence gathering on behalf of the FSB.” See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/wylie-testimony-to-us-senate-judiciary-committee-on-cambridge-analytica-russia-connections-and-more/ The mention of Lukoil-Lukoil execs above, and “oil billionaire clients”, below, is worth noting.