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Man at centre of FB data scandal didn’t make money

In Uncategorized on 15/07/2018 at 7:04 am

A few days ago, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office imposed a record £500,000 fine on Facebook for letting Cambridge Analytica use an app to access up to 87m user profiles without permission. The ICO intends to bring criminal proceedings against Cambridge Analytica’s parent over its failure to deal properly with the regulator’s enforcement notice.The information came via an app designed by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan: FB’s massive data: the S’pore connection.


Users would never have imagined that by filling out a survey on an app — or simply being friends with someone who had — their data could be handed to Cambridge Analytica for political profiling and targeting. The app was created by Cambridge university academic Aleksandr Kogan, who sold the data to the company.

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This reminded me that according to  yuenchungkwong, (a retired professor of computer science, NUS) when Kogan was leaving S’pore to go to Berkley, he was trying to crowdfund money to pay for his dog’s trip to the US (US$7,000). Whether he raised the money or not is not known.

But if he had made serious money selling the data, he wouldn’t need to crowdfund. But maybe he’s a cheap skate like Oppo Lim Tean who is filthy rich but not only raised money from public for projects but after claiming success in raising money never delivered: Lim Tean: A disgraceful chamber of horrors.

 

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Further adventures of the Russkie who “fixed” FB

In Internet on 26/04/2018 at 5:51 am

On behalf of Putin and the KGB? After all Facebook, together with Google, showed that hegemony of US of A’s soft power. But Facebook’s numbers juz grow and grow. More mud in Putin’s eye. He got Trump elected but his billionaire pals are getting hurt by the US of A and his nercenaries get killed with impunity by the US military.

Sorry back to the Russkie that was based here.

Last week, Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who passed FB user data to Cambridge Analytica said he was considering suing Facebook for suggesting that he had acted unethically.

Then Mr Kogan on Tuesday criticised the social network for relying on an “honour system” to protect user information that he said was “mined left and right” by developers on Tuesday at a hearing conducted by British MPs.

He also told the British lawmakers

that the social network had singled him out for the leak but knew that user data gathered by developers could be passed to third parties. He stressed that Facebook had not done enough to check the data gathered by his app had been deleted. “They know the platform has been mined left and right,” he said, “They’re trying to point the finger at one entity and paint the picture that it is a rogue agency.”

FB’s massive data: the S’pore connection

In Internet on 09/04/2018 at 4:49 am

Kogan was here in S’pore from 2013-16 before moving on to Berkeley, California, a regular reader of, and commenter on this blog, yuenchungkwong, (a retired professor of computer science, NUS) informs.

Funny the constructive, nation-building ST  and other local media don’t trumpet the achievements of this Foreign Talent while here. I mean the guy’s a FT where the “T” doesn’t stand for “Trash” but for “Talent”. Usually FTs end up in the news for beating taxi drivers and S’poreans, not for being geniuses.  

After all, it was in 2014 that his infamous app appeared on FB.  

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In 2014 a quiz on Facebook invited users to find out their personality type.

It was developed by University of Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan (the university has no connections with Cambridge Analytica).

As was common with apps and games at that time, it was designed to harvest not only the user data of the person taking part in the quiz, but also the data of their friends.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43465968

The allegation is that because 270,000 people took the quiz, the data of some 50 million users, mainly in the US, was harvested without their explicit consent via their friend networks. FB now says the data of 87m users was harvested

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He was even a guest speaker on 2 December 2014 at NUS:(http://blog.nus.edu.sg/psychology/2014/11/24/brown-bag-guest-speaker-dr-alex-kogan-on-2-december/)

I will discuss how big data can be collected, stored, and analyzed, and the types of new insights it can provide to social scientists.

And he was very open on his access to FB data

I focus specifically on Facebook data and two datasets my lab is currently work with: (a) a sample of 50+ million individuals for whom we have the capacity to predict virtually any trait, and (b) a macro-dataset of every friendship made in the world on Facebook from 2006-2012 by all Facebook users at the national-aggregate level.

While here, he married a S’porean, Crystal Ying Chia, and here’s a story about them and their zany sense of humour: https://www.asianmoneyguide.com/crystal-ying-spectre. They adopted a homeless dogs. My mongrels say, “Power to them”.

The latest according to the regular reader is that she has filed for divorce in California. My mongrels want to know what happened to their dog?

My thanks again to yuenchungkwong, a retired professor of computer science, NUS. And prof, if u got any project that utilising yr skills can make money, let me know. Can raise $ for u.