It seems that British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica illegally gained access to over 50m Facebook user profiles to mine these for personal information that enabled them to create very personalized political messages. This form of data-driven and target-specific political communication has been critiqued widely.
“You’ll see who’s laughing at the end” and “People who still believe X will soon see themselves on the wrong side of history”.
On the 16/2 the US Department of Justice announced that it was indicating 13 Russian individuals for actively interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election. What had been suspected for quite some time, now seems sufficiently evidenced.
The Arab Spring promised liberation from entrenched authocrats – how has Egypt fared since 2011?