In a timely, and very long episode, fellow critical thinker Michael Mullan-Jensen and I discuss the upcoming US Presidential Election, how voters might be manipulated to change its outcome and what it means from a privacy perspective.
Welcome to a new episode of The Private Citizen, the second one for this week. As part of my interview series, I’m talking to Michael Mullan-Jensen again. Mike was on the show before, debating problems in modern journalism with me. This time, Mike and me discuss the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election, how propaganda plays a part in manipulating it and what that means for society as a whole.
A video of the live stream of the podcast recording is available on YouTube.
A Discussion about Elections and How They are Manipulated
I have a very long discussion with Mike about the election in the US next week, Brexit, Cambridge Analytica, propaganda and ways to disrupt or manipulate elections. On the way, we naturally discuss the Vote Leave campaign in the UK and the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the US at length.
Here’s a list of the source we referred to directly or indirectly in our discussion:
- Politico — UK probe finds no evidence that Cambridge Analytica misused data to influence Brexit
- The New York Times — Kavanaugh’s Opinion in Wisconsin Voting Case Raises Alarms Among Democrats
→ MikeFarb on Twitter: #unhackthevote Supreme Court Justices, Religious Fundamentalists And Bots
- The Daily Beast — The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump’s Supreme Court Pick
- The London School of Economics and Political Science — How gerrymandering in the states could lead to President Trump’s re-election
- Archives.gov — Electoral College History
- Byline Times — New Evidence Connects Johnson, Gove & Cummings to Cambridge Analytica
- Byline Times — Russian Interference Part II — Brexit and the Great Cambridge Analytica Hack
- The Guardian — Trump asks Barr to investigate dubious claims against Joe and Hunter Biden
- The Guardian — How the Koch brothers built the most powerful rightwing group you’ve never heard of
→ VelvetBlade on Twitter (via Threader): It’s time. I’m dropping docs on SCL, Cambridge Analytica & AggregateIQ + others. This is a big subject & people need to be able to find this information.
- The Financial Times — Donald Trump’s path to victory runs through Pennsylvania
- New York Magazine — Trump Extorted Ukraine in 2017 and 2018 Before Getting Caught This Year
- Channel 4 News — Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016
- Fox News — DNI declassifies Brennan notes, CIA memo on Hillary Clinton “stirring up” scandal between Trump, Russia
- The Guardian — How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold
- The BBC — Cambridge Analytica: Can targeted online ads really change a voter’s behaviour?
See also: 270toWin: Pennsylvania, Wikipedia: Crossfire Hurricane (FBI investigation), Wikipedia: Aleksandr Kogan, Wikipedia: Roe v. Wade
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