His victory was no surprise but it was still sweet for Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has been re-elected with a landslide, credited with three quarters of the votes cast in Sunday's presidential poll. With just over 70 percent of the votes counted, the Central Election Commission announced that Putin, who has dominated the political landscape for the last 18 years, had won 75.9 percent of the vote. Claims of ballot rigging didn't dampen celebrations as the 65-year-old took to the stage to address supporters In a victory speech near Red Square. Putin told a cheering crowd he interpreted the win as a vote of confidence in what he had achieved in tough conditions. "It's very important to maintain this unity. We will think about the future of our great Motherland," he said, before leading the crowd in repeated chants of "Russia!" None of the seven candidates who ran against Putin posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running. Backed by state TV and the ruling party, Putin's victory was never in doubt. His nearest challenger, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, got around 13 percent, according to partial results, while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got around 6 percent. At a news conference, Euronews asked Putin about future relations with Europe, amid allegations the Kremlin poisoned an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in England with a Soviet-era nerve agent. "Russia does not have such (nerve) agents," Putin insisted. "We destroyed all our chemical weapons under the supervision of international organisations and we did it first, unlike some of our partners who promised to do it but unfortunately did not keep their promises. "So, we are ready to cooperate. We said that straight away, We are ready to take part in the necessary investigations, but for that there needs to be a desire from the other side, and we don't see that yet. But we are not taking it off the agenda. Joint efforts are possible." "As a whole, of course," Putin said, "I think any sensible person would understand that it would be rubbish, drivel, nonsense, for Russia to embark on such an escapade on the eve of a presidential election and the Football World Cup. It's just unthinkable." Turnout figures will be closely scrutinised. Early signs suggested turnout would exceed 60 percent. Critics claimed officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that voter boredom at the one-sided contest did not lead to a low turnout. Putin's victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024. By that time he will be 71-years-old. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Presidential election results (after 70% of votes counted)
Data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, newspapers reported Saturday.
A teacher who learned to greet her pupils in the 35 languages spoken at her inner city school has been crowned best in the world. Andria Zafirakou was selected from thousands for her work with migrant children at Alperton Community School in Brent, north London. She's the winner of the fourth edith of the Global Teacher Prize held in Dubai. Zafrakou teaches in one of the poorest parts of the UK, where one-third of pupils live in poverty. Many of her students come from crowded homes, shared with multiple families, whiie some are exposed to gang violence with the borough having the second highest murder rate in the UK. As a member of the school’s senior leadership team, she transformed their approach to reach out to isolated young people so that they can engage in school life and perform to the best of their abilities. “I care about my students, all of them," she explained to euronews. "My job is not finished the moment leave my classroom. I am interested in their lives, I make sure that whatever the issues are, I am there to help them."
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Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic criticized Facebook on Sunday after a former employee of data firm Cambridge Analytica went public with claims that the company had harvested information from 50 million users of the social network.
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A voter-profiling company used by the 2016 Trump campaign collected the private data of over 50 million Facebook users without their permission—one of the biggest data leaks in Facebook history, the New York Times reports. According to the Guardian , it started with researchers concluding they could form complex personality...
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Investigations have been launched in the US and UK into a data analytics firm which, it is claimed, harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. Its being called one of the largest breaches of security in the company's history. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the system could profile and target voters: "Imagine I go and ask you and I say "Hey, if I give you a dollar, two dollars, could you fill out this survey for me, just do it on this app and you say 'fine', I don't just capture what your responses are, I capture all of the information about you from Facebook but also this app then crawls through your social network and captures all of that data also so, by you filling out my survey, I capture 300 records." The Massachusetts attorney general says her office is launching an investigation after reports in the New York Times and the UK Observer. What the attorney general has said "Massachusetts residents deserve answers immediately from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica," Maura Healey said on Twitter. What the UK is saying The UK's Information Commission says it is investigating the company, which has clients in the country. "Any criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from the investigation will be pursued vigorously," said Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. What Facebook is saying On Friday, the social network site said it was suspending Cambridge Analytics after finding data privacy policies had been violated. It means Cambridge and its parent group, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), cannot buy ads or administer pages belonging to clients. "One of the largest data breaches in the history of Facebook" The articles cite former Cambridge Analytica employees, associates and documents. The data breach is described as one of the largest in the history of Facebook Inc. The UK Observer said Cambridge used the data, taken without authorisation in early 2014, to build a software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. It quoted whistleblower Christopher Wylie as saying the system could profile individual voters to target them with personalised political advertisements. "We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis that the entire company was built on," Wylie told the Observer. The more than 50 million profiles represented about a third of active North American Facebook users, and nearly a quarter of potential U.S. voters, at the time, the Observer said. How was it done? The Observer said the data was collected through an app called thisisyourdigitallife. Hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality test and agreed to have their data collected for academic use. Information of their friends was also taken. Facebook said it acted after receiving reports inappropriately shared information was not deleted. What has Cambridge Analytica said? A spokesman says a contractor, GSR, "was contractually committed by us to only obtain data in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act and to seek the informed consent of each respondent". "When it subsequently became clear that the data had not been obtained by GSR in line with Facebook's terms of service, Cambridge Analytics deleted all data received from GSR," the spokesman said. "We worked with Facebook over this period to ensure that they were satisfied that we had not knowingly breached any of Facebook's terms of service and also provided a signed statement to confirm that all Facebook data and their derivatives had been deleted." "No data from GSR was used by Cambridge Analytica as part of the services it provided to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign." What is the connection with Donald Trump's presidential campaign? The Trump campaign team hired Cambridge Analytica in June 2016. It was paid more than $6.2 million, according to Federal Election Commission records. A Trump campaign official said the campaign used the Republican National Committee for its voter data in 2016, not Cambridge Analytica. In past interviews, Brad Parscale, who ran Trump's digital ad operation in 2016 and is his 2020 re-election campaign manager, has said Cambridge Analytica played a minor role as a contractor in the 2016 campaign. Sources say the Trump campaign will need to address whether it was aware of Cambridge Analytica's methods for obtaining its data or if the data was leveraged during the election.
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Julian Assange didn't shy away from speaking ill of the dead on Friday. The BBC reports he called hacker Adrian Lamo, who has died at age 37, a "petty conman and betrayer of basic human decency." The bad blood traces back to Lamo's central role in the downfall of Chelsea...