Our Next President: Also Brought to You by Big Data and Digital Advertising

By: Jeff Chester | Jan 9 2017


The ease of promoting and profiting from fake news, the use of social media to spread disinformation and twist the truth and the ability to microtarget voters on all their devices reveal how political campaigns and special-interest groups are taking full advantage of the “Big Data”-driven digital marketing system that Google and Facebook have helped unleash. Campaigns now have needle-in-the-haystack capabilities, provided by commercial marketing and media companies, to find and motivate an individual voter.

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Groups tell FCC: We need strong rule to protect public from ISP "Big Data" DigItal Tracking of Consumers

By: Jeff Chester | Oct 21 2016

11 organizations write a letter urging Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners to vote next week to pass strong broadband privacy rules and not to yield to industry calls to weaken the current privacy proposal. 


October 20, 2016 

Re: WC Docket No. 16-106, Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services 

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EU data protection rights at risk through trade agreements, new study shows

By: Jeff Chester | Jul 13 2016

Researchers of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR) have published an independent study today commissioned by BEUC, EDRi, CDD and TACD. The study shows that the European Union (EU) does not sufficiently safeguard citizens' personal data and privacy rights in its trade agreements.

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